Most Czechs opt for a simple wedding; a civil service, and then the festivities begin. Anyone who has been in Prague for more than a few months has seen a line of decorated cars winding its way downtown, to the City Hall on Old Town Square. And anyone who has been here for a few days has seen wedding parties emerging from the City Hall, often with rose petals strewn in their path.
There are more venues, however, where couples can get married, including castles. Below are some Czech castles which are willing to host weddings.
Hluboka nad Vltavou
Hluboka was founded in the 13th century, during the reign of King Přemysl Ottokar II. It changed hands many times over the centuries, and its current appearance came about as the result of a renovation in 1871, which gave it a look similar to Windsor Castle in England. Hluboka is in South Bohemia.
Konopištĕ is a former hunting lodge, located approximately 40 kilometers from Prague. It is filled to overflowing with weapons and hunting trophies. It has extensive, well-kept gardens which form the perfect backdrop for wedding photos. Film buffs will recognize it from the film The Illusionist, among others.
Hrubá Skála is located in, appropriately enough, Bohemian Paradise (in Czech, Český ráj). The castle dates from at least the 14th century, and is now used as a hotel. It commands a magnificent view over the surrounding area. Hrubá Skála is northeast of Prague. The closest city is Turnov, approximately 6 kilometers away.
Karlštejn is a wildly popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Founded by King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV in the 14th century, it is a highly picturesque castle with a view over the Berounka River and the surrounding countryside.
Červená Lhota is located in South Bohemia, about 20 kilometers from Jindřichův Hradec. It is a vibrant red castle, surrounded on three sides by water. It was established sometime in the 14th century as a fortress, and was later turned into a castle. It has been open to the public since 1949.
Art lovers will be particularly enthusiastic about having their wedding in Zbiroh. Legendary Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha lived in the castle for 19 years. It was here that he created his masterpiece, a series of paintings titled The Slav Epic. The castle, founded in the 11th century, offers various spaces for weddings – the chapel, the gardens, the gazebo, etc. Zbiroh is located west of Prague.
Sychrov, located about 70 kilometers northeast of Prague, is another castle in the Liberec district that is available for weddings. In the 15th century, a fort was established here. This fort became a castle in the late 17th century. It has been renovated gradually since the 1990s. Weddings can be held in the chapel or in the Royal Hall.
Clearly, there is no shortage of castles for your special day. If you can’t find information on weddings on the castle website, many companies offer a complete castle wedding package. Below are a few such companies: