Dear guests, we inform you that during all of the season of 2022 an extensive reconstruction is taking place of the buildings surrounding the chateau.
We thank you for your understanding.
Walk through the rooms where history was written. Discover the story of the Kinský family and get to know its important figures throughout history. Visit the newly reconstructed riding hall and explore the history of horses in the castle. Take interactive journey with children through the castle park.
Hoof here, hoof there
A new indoor exhibition not only for those who have horses as a hobby. Do you know what a parfors hunt is, who stood at the birth of Velká Pardubická or which count dripped laxatives into the guests’ tea? All this supported by an interactive online application for all generations.
Available for the 2023 summer season
Go through the Crown
Get to know the castle grounds like never before! An easy walk through the interactive circuit for young and old awaits you. Supported by an attractive content in the online application and the commentary of Count Zdenko Radslav Kinski, performed by the actor Zdenek Junák.
Available for the 2023 summer season
A unique place for your unique moment. The castle complex offers a number of romantic and representative spaces, halls and chambers, where you can say „I do“ to your beloved, hold a gala reception or a magnificent wedding party. The chapel in the immediate vicinity of the castle is opened to Roman Catholic marriages
Take advantage of the unique atmosphere in Karlova Koruna castle and bring it to your corporate events, private celebrations or parties. We are professionals and will help you organize the events according to your ideas
Treat yourself to a delicious Italian coffee and a piece of homemade dessert in our café with a view of Karlova Koruna Castle. We look forward to seeing you from April to October.
History and present of the castle
Historical connection between Chlumec nad Cidlinou and the Kinský family
15th to 17th century
The first written mention of an aristocratic residence in Chlumec nad Cidlinou comes from the year 1424. At the time there was a fortress surrounded by a moat close to where today´s town square is. At the beginning of the 16th century, the building received a new fortification in accordance with Renaissance trends. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, the fortress, together with the entire estate, became the property of the Kinský family, for the support provided by Václav Vchynský of Vchynice to Emperor Matyáš in his fight against his brother Rudolf II. Thanks to deft politics, Václav maintained the estate even during the Thirty Years’ War. After the Thirty Years’ War, the Kinský family sought to rebuild the ruined city and chateau, initiating repairs and granting the city privileges.
When the estate was inherited by František Ferdinand Kinský, he began to think about a new building that would express the status of the family. Architect Jan Blažej Santini-Aichel and builder František Maxmilián Kaňka were chosen for this project. The construction took place in the years 1721-1723. In honor of the visit and coronation as King of Bohemia of Emperor Charles VI Habsburg, the new chateau was given the name Karlova Koruna (Charles Crown). The castle bears typical elements of Santini’s individuality and genius. He attached three single-story wings with a square floor plan to the two-tiered central cylinder. The perfect central composition is also evident from the location of the castle in the landscape.
19th century to the present day
The lack of space in the castle led to the construction of new buildings in its vicinity – the Theresian Tract and the Lichtenstein Tract. At the beginning of the 19th century, the builder Koch built an Empire-style winter garden. The Kinský family held the property until 1948, when the castle was nationalized following the Communist takeover. In 1992, the property was returned to the Kinský family and the family was able to start again developing their historical property. A unique exhibition was created, which deals with the history of Kinský and the tradition of horse breeding.