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Kačina Chateau

The Kačina Chateau is one of the most important buildings in the Empire style in the country. At present, it is a home to the Czech Countryside Museum that is managed by the National Museum of Agriculture. The chateau expositions also include an exhibition on the history of the aristocratic Chotek family who owned the chateau for many years.

The elegant Empire residence was built by Jan Rudolf Chotek, a member of a Czech influential aristocratic family, as his summer representative mansion. The construction works were done from 1806 to 1824, however, the chateau chapel has not been finished. The chateau is surrounded by a park designed by the famous botanist and director of the imperial garden of the Schönbrunn Chateau in Vienna , Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin. Since the1950s, the chateau chambers have had expositions on agriculture and life in the countryside in the 19th century. Other exhibition spaces are full of artefacts that present the fate of the Chotek family, and there is also a large library with volumes of fiction and non-fiction literature from the 16th to the 19th century.

 

This building, architecturally very distinctive in Czech terms, was built by Jan Rudolf Chotek, the governor general and highest burgrave of the Czech Kingdom, as his summer representative residence. Jan Rudolf stipulated everything clearly from the outset: the Kačina château had to meet the highest standards and be a duly imposing seat that adequately symbolized his high social standing. The demanding task was taken on by the Dresden architect Christian Friedrich Schuricht – though his remit was only the design, then implemented by Czech builders. The work took place between 1806-1824, but the chapel and theatre pavilion remained unfinished. The theatre was only completed in the mid-19th century by Jan Rudolf’s nephew. The château chapel remains unfinished still.

 

The striking, slender, majestic Ionian columns bearing the tympanum (triangular area above the main entrance) feature sculptural décor by Josef Bergler. The château is set in an extensive park, which pre-dates it, landscaped from 1789 onward. This project was the work of the renowned botanist and director of the Imperial Garden of the Viennese Schönbrunn Palace, Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin. From the beginning of the 19th century the park’s landscaping began to change, to something more in keeping with the English style.

 

The influential Czech noble family Chotek, native to Western Bohemia, stayed in Kačina until 1911, when the local branch died out and the estate was inherited by the nephew of the last Chotek, Quido Thun-Hohenstein. This particular aristocrat’s lifestyle was very costly, and his considerable debts forced him to leave the château in the early 1930s. During World War II, Kačina was occupied by the Hitler Youth movement and in the last year of the war by troops of the Nazi SS. From 1950 the Empire-style residence was turned over to the Agricultural Museum, which established its exhibition spaces there. After 1995, the original exhibits on agricultural themes were expanded to include rural life in the 19th century. Also added was the Chotek family history exhibit, and the 16th-to-19th century library with over 40,000 volumes of educational and fine literature opened to the public.

Of interest

Getting to know the life of bumblebees has never been easier! The château park has recently added a bumblebee hive exhibit, and also offers a garden with more than a hundred medicinal plants, as grown since the Middle Ages in the gardens of monasteries and pharmacists.



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Opening hours

MonthDayTime
April Sa - Su 9:00 - 17:00
May - September Mo - Su 9:00 - 17:00
October Sa - Su 9:00 - 17:00

Entrance fee

Route 1 (The housekeeping base of the castle and the castle stables)
Full entrance fee:100,00 Kč
Discount entrance fee:70,00 Kč
Family entrance fee:250,00 Kč
Student admission:70,00 Kč
Route 2 (Castle interiors or the Chotek family and their Nové Dvory Estate)
Route 3 (The Chotek Library, pharmacy, theatre, gallery, greenhouse)
Full entrance fee:150,00 Kč
Children's tickets:70,00 Kč for children up to 18 years
Student admission:100,00 Kč
Senior admission:100,00 Kč for persons over 65 years
Route 4 (In pursuit of Rudolf the Ghost at Kačina Castle), Route 6 (Exhibitions)
Full entrance fee:100,00 Kč
Student admission:70,00 Kč
Senior admission:70,00 Kč
Route 5 Animation and teaching programs
Full entrance fee:100,00 Kč
Discount entrance fee:50,00 Kč
Family entrance fee:350,00 Kč
Children's tickets:50,00 Kč for children up to 18 years
Student admission:70,00 Kč
Route 6 - Representative rooms and library with booking only
Full entrance fee:200,00 Kč
Route 7 - Loft, bath only with booking
Full entrance fee:100,00 Kč
Joint ticket museum of the Czech countryside Kačina (1 selected circuit) + museum of agricultural technology Čáslav
Full entrance fee:200,00 Kč
Joint ticket of the Czech Rural Museum Kačina (1 selected circuit) + National Stud Farm Kladruby nad Labem
Full entrance fee:200,00 Kč
Costume rental
Full entrance fee:250,00 Kč
Discount entrance fee:100,00 Kč
* The discounted price applies to tours connected with the animation or lecturer program

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Contact

Central Bohemia Tourist Board

Husova 156/21, 110 00 Prague 1
M: +420 222 288 911
E: info@sccr.cz

 
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