Státní hrad Rožmberk, Rozmberk nad Vltavou

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Rožmberk is a castle situated in South Bohemia near Rožmberk nad Vltavou in the Czech Republic. Considered as one of the oldest castles in Bohemia, it stands on a promotory carved out on three sides by the river Vltava. It was first mentioned in 1253 in a document signed by Vok "von Rosenberg". It is regarded as the cradle of the House of Rožmberk, also known as the "Lords of the Rose", a historical Czech aristocratic family.HistoryThe Rožmberk castle was founded in the first half of the 13th century either by Vítek the Younger of Prčice, or by his son Vok of Prčice, a member of the powerful Vítkovci family (Witikonides in Latin; Witigonen in German) who later styled himself Vok of Rožmberk (Vok de Rosenberch) after this castle. The original castle, known as Horní hrad (Upper Castle), consisted of a high tower known as the Jakobínka, 9.6m in diameter, with corbelled ramparts and a palace. The structure was completely surrounded by castle walls with a moat. Within a short time, a tributary town grew in the barbican. The castle became the administrative and economic centre of the family's lands, a part of which Vok gave to the newly established Cistercian monastery in Vyšší Brod. In 1302, when the cadet Krumlov branch of the Vítkovci died out, Vok's offspring inherited Český Krumlov and they settled there permanently. After 1330 Jindřich of Rožmberk built the Dolní hrad (Lower Castle), which was defended by ramparts placed above the moat, which was cut through the neck of the rock.
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  • The inside of the castle has little original furniture and much of the restoration work is sub-par. The guide only spoke Czech which was funny because no one in the tour could understand her although ...  more »
  • The castle isn't the best, although the tapestries are impressive. However, if your kids are into it, it is worth going to the torture museum in the dungeon!  more »
  • The castle is the picturesque one both outside and inside. We attended two guided tours at the castle (the "Main route" and the "Private rooms") and we also ascended the castle tower with a beautiful ...  more »
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  • Disappointment. Only Czech tour describing mostly the family portraits
  • Seat of one of Europe' s most powerful families in the late medieval period., rivalling the Habsburgs in wealth and influence.
  • A very good target for visit. Nice castle with very nice interier.
  • It is worth a visit from Ceske Budejovice or Cesky Krumlov. Really pitoresque village with the beautiful castle and the nice gothic church interiored by a high Baroque altar. The Moldva river also very nice here
  • Beautiful castle with amazing restaurants and breath taking views!