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2. Bouzov Castle

Located just 35 km from Olomouc, Bouzov Castle is one of the most visited castles in the Czech Republic.  The castle was initially constructed as a Gothic stronghold in the early 14th century.  In the 15th century, fortifications were enlarged and strengthened, and in the 16th and 17th centuries the castle was made into a residence.  It was rebuilt in the Romantic style by the Habsburg Archduke Eugene into a summer seat of the Teutonic Knights at the turn of the 19th and 20th century.  The castle is said to be the birthplace of the Czech King George of Podebrady.  It is a perfect example of a medieval castle, lavishly decorated with luxuries of the times.  Romantic interiors with rich painting and carving decoration of local folk artists are furnished with period furniture.  Many films have been made here.  There is a lovely park around the castle.  Bouzov castle is now considered one of the most popular and most visited monuments in the Czech Republic. The castle has been the place of several fairy tales, including Arabela, Fantaghirò, and Before the Fall.