History

In the 2nd half of the 19th century the Baroque castle in Zákupy served as a summer residence for Ferdinand I of Austria, who had been deposed as Emperor in 1848 and retired to Bohemia, where he had been crowned as Czech king. Today it is a unique example of a Habsburg residence in Bohemia. During the tour you see the Emperor and Empress’s suites, but also the dining room and the chapel where the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Franz Ferdinand d'Este, married the Czech Countess Sophie Chotek in 1900. The interiors at Zákupy are typical for the period, with elaborate wallpaper, and curtains, and with ceiling paintings by the Czech Romantic painter Josef Navrátil. A rarity among the castle equipment is the preserved passenger lift from 1870, made by the company Ringhoffer. A brown bear is kept in the moat. In close proximity to the castle is a French garden and English park. In season short children’s tours take place here, led by a princess.