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3. Český Šternberg Castle

Built in 1241, the Gothic castle Český Šternberg is considered one of the best preserved castles in the Czech Republic.  Constructed on a high rocky promontory above the river Sázava by Zdeslav of Divišov’s, it was given the name Sternberg after his coat of arms, bearing the golden star.  The Gothic appearance of the castle was changed by several reconstructions, especially the interior which is now more in Baroque or Rococo style.  The official tour leads through 15 rooms, richly furnished mostly with stylish furniture, valuable paintings and carpets.  Visitors can see a unique collection of 545 copper engravings depicting the entire history of the Thirty Years’ War, and also a collection of historic weapons, art porcelain, hunting trophies, and many other attractions.  During the season there are thousands of tourists, who come here to use hiking and biking trails. Today the castle is owned by the Sternberg family.  The castle in open from April to October.  It is situated only about 40km from Prague.