Rožmberk nad Vltavou or Rožmberk Castle

Rožmberk nad Vltavou

Rožmberk nad Vltavou or Rožmberk Castle is a medieval castle located in South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. Its name means Rožmberk over Vltava after river Vltava that flows below the citadel.




Location: South Bohemian Region Map

Constructed: 13th century
Tel. 380 749 838
Open: Apr, Oct 9am- 4pm Sat & Sun
May & Sept 9am- 4pm Tue- Sun
Jun- Aug 9am- 5pm Tue- Sun


History of Rožmberk Castle

Rožmberk Castle was constructed in the 13th century by the Vítek the Younger of Prčice, a rich and influential noble Vítek clan. In medieval times the citadel consisted of two portions. One was called the Lower Castle while the other was called the Upper Castle. The Upper Castle was completely burned down in 1522. In 1620 Rožmberk Castle was extensively renovated as a private residence under orders of Imperial General Charles Bonaventura Buquoy. The citadel lost any significant military use so it served as a chateau from that point on. Another reconstruction in 1840- 57 was influenced by the spirit of Romanticism that was quiet popular at the the time. New renewal gave Rožmberk nad Vltavou more Gothic look. Additional Rožmberk nad Vltavou contains a rich collection of medieval weapons, firearms as well as heraldic emblems of different noble families.

Vítek Family who originated the construction of the Rožmberk Castle later renamed themselves to a Rožmberk family. One of the most famous members of the family is Perchta, those portrait is found in the castle. She is occasionally called the White Lady and considered to be linked to most famous ghost of Bohemia, said to haunt the walls of the medieval citadel. Local legend claims that if you understand the secret message on her painting you will let her soul leave her home and at the same time will unlock the location of the silver treasure she hid somewhere in the building.