Dating back to the 18th century, this chateau built in the Rococo and Classicist style will intrigue you with its architecture, so different from the roundness and pomposity of the Baroque. This chateau is unique in Moravia. Inside, your initial impression will be strengthened by the luxuriously furnished interiors of the Salm princely family. The collections are rich and the extensive collection of oriental porcelain is the most outstanding among them.
Then there is the famous local chateau library. The renowned writer Umberto Eco, the author of The Name of the Rose, had thirty thousand books in his private library. But that is nothing compared to this chateau’s library, which has sixty thousand books! The oldest manuscripts date back to the 14th century (Eco the bookworm definitely did not have anything like that).
A vast English park does credit to the tradition of chateau gardening. Every year, thematic exhibitions of flowers are held in the historic halls of the chateau. You may have heard of the camellias from Rájec. You can find a chateau garden centre behind the park, featuring a unique collection of these noble flowers. These days high society plays golf, but in the 19th century the aristocracy and representatives of other wealthy classes enjoyed collecting camellias. They built special greenhouses for them, like the aristocracy in Rájec. If gardening is your thing, come here ideally in late February or early March.
And even if you are unable to distinguish a camellia from a tulip, just go on a night tour of the chateau. You can choose from four routes. You can replenish your energy levels in the U Kata restaurant on the freely accessible chateau premises. You may also buy a new piece for your private collection in the Kruh Gallery, which hosts exhibitions and sales of renowned artists’ works.
The chateau park is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m and entrance is free of charge.
We have an extra tip for you: you can find similar magnificent interiors and also the Museum of the Blansko Region (Muzeum Blanenska) in the nearby Blansko Chateau. They focus on the Moravian Karst there, artistic cast iron and adventures back into prehistory – it is definitely a must-see place!