Český Šternberk

Český Šternberk Castle has an unbelievable history and is still owned by the same family that built it in the middle of the 13th century – the Sternbergs. The mighty early-Gothic castle looks proudly over the River Sázava, its magnificence having survived the centuries. You can still admire this expansive residence, a jewel in the crown of period fortification building, and its opulent interiors, reflecting the appearance given to them by early-Baroque renovation. The tour takes you around richly-decorated and stuccoed rooms, of which the Knights’ Hall really does stand out. The Baroque Chapel of St. Sebastian and its Rococo altar are also worthy of note.

Our walk begins in Kácov, a popular place for boating during the summer. The dominant feature here is the simple Baroque chateau, whose appearance was the work of Duchess Anna Marie of Tuscany, one of the most important and richest women of her time, and which dates back to 1727-1733. The chateau is usually home to an exhibition of radio receivers and on the history of the Kácov area, but it is currently undergoing renovation. The famous Kácov brewery and pub, the garden of which offers views of the river and weir, stand close to the chateau on the banks of the Sázava. The brewing tradition in Kácov dates back to the 15th century, although the first chapter in its modern history was written in 2002.

The red markings will guide you all the way through Kácov, take you over the state road and on to a sports and recreation complex with hotel and chalets along the paved path. Continue along the forest trail and through the field to reach Pelíškův Most. A wooden bridge once stood here, as the name would suggest (“most” in Czech is “bridge”), before floods tore it down in 1845. The place is well-known to boaters, who conquer the weir here and stop off at the U Čerta kiosk.

The trail continues on through the forest and among the meadows around the village of Mazourov and along the left bank of the Sázava to Soběšín. If you feel like stopping for something to eat or drink, cross the steel bridge, built after the war using material from American engineers, to the pub in the village on the other side. The originally Romanesque Church of the Archangel Michael is also worthy of note. The marked trail to Šternberk sticks to the left bank, but the markings soon turn to the left against the current of the flowing Blanice. Finally, wander above the valley of Brtnický Stream around the Baroque statue of St. Wendelin until you reach the Hladomorna building, which was an advanced bastion that once protected the southern access road to the castle. It is now freely-accessible and offers an attractive view of the Sázava valley and a little of the castle itself. The picturesque Český Šternberk in the deep valley of the River Sázava, is now only a stone’s throw away.

Český Šternberk


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