Cuknstejn Fortress

Cuknstejn Fortress, Nove Hrady: Address, Cuknstejn Fortress Reviews: 4/5

Cuknstejn Fortress
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Very good

Mili S
Prague, Czech Republic336 contributions
A nice stop when walking in Theresia Valley
Nov 2019 • Couples
The fortress Cuknštejn us not open for public so far nevertheless is belongs to one important stops in Theresia Valley. It is a quiet witness of rich history of this countryside, impressive and opportunity for your phantasy and imagination. Especially now, in November,the atmosphere was magnificent.
Written 20 November 2019
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Prague, Czech Republic218 contributions
Nice forterss without possibility to go inside
Jul 2019 • Family
Nice, calm place but without possibility to go closer or inside to the fortress. You can just see it from a distance
Written 8 July 2019
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Olen, Belgium6,113 contributions
Internetsite provides false information: today private property
Aug 2011 • Couples
We were looking forward to take part in the guidetour (as its internetsite does mention) and were stark supprised this information is not correct at all, as already quite some time this fortress which had been state property, was sold thus in private hands and was even already partly renovated: so no guidetour. Back home I read that the fortress can be visited if contacted in advance and after approval of the owner. Located in the Gratzen (traditional center of Novohradské mountains). The 1488-1491 medieval fortress (tvrz) is located on the edge of the natural preserve Theresia Valley (parc). First record in 1279 mentions Vítek family. Beginning 14th century the estate devolved to the House of Landštejn who sold it to Rožmberks in 1358. They did not use the castle to reside there, perhaps they use it from time to time as a provisional shelter. The vast gothic castle of the Rosenbergs was unsuccessfully attacked in 1423 by the Hussites, but 1425 Hussites captured the castle and the town and burnt them both down. Rebuilt again but besieged and seized once more in 1467 by the army of Zdeněk of Šternberk. 1476-1486 Rožmberks gave the castle in pledge to House of Grafeneck. The castle started to flourish again in the time of the last Rožmberks. Rebuilt first half 16th century, but 1573 got severely damaged again by an explosion of gunpowder and again in 1605 by an earthquake. Restored and shortly afterwards conquered by General Buquoy in 1619. Renewed and expanded in Baroque style. When the last member of the family of Rožmberk, Petr Vok, died in 1611 the inheritance agreements gave the castle to the property of Švamberks. The new owners took part in the following upraising against the King and Emperor and so the castle was besieged again, first in March 1619 the imperial general Dampierre tried it without success. The second attack began in June under the leadership of Charles Bonaventura Buquoy and the garrison of the castle gave up. Buquoy died the following year during the siege of Nové Zámky. His wife Maria Magdalena neé Biglia governed the estate for her underage son Charles Albert. In 1635 she moved to a Residence in the town square and the castle exchanged the role of residence for a mere administrative centre. Buquoys, however, kept the castle till 1945 when it was nationalized and now belongs to state property. Very well preserved defence system with a broad stone ring Canal. Castle area with two input towers. Five halls of the Palace with a gallery are open to the public. In the Gallery include portraits of the members of the Buquoy family. Two tours are on offer: Tour I shows the Castle (Buquoy’s interiors) and Tour II shows the Flat of Lord Buqoy and gives an idea of a citizen household from the beginning 20th century.
Written 23 June 2012
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