• type of ceremony – civil, church (catholic and protestant)
• available dates – anytime between April – October
• ceremony time – 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
• civil ceremonies take place at the ceremony hall, church ceremonies at beautiful castle chapel
• rose garden is perfect place for cocktail or welcome drink after the ceremony
• capacity of the hall is approx. 50 people
• length of the ceremony is around 25 min, however garden is at disposal for 90 min to take pictures or arrange small apero after the ceremony
• civil ceremony is in Czech, translated into English (or any other language), church or symbolic ceremony in any language
The Konopiste castle is located 44 km south-east of Prague (60 min driving). Castle was originally founded as a gothic fortress guarding a nearby town of Benesov. Being founded at the end of the 13th century by Tobias of Benesov, it was built at the beginning of the 14th century, following the model of french castles called “castels”.
The first touch to a medieval structure of the castle was made in the 15th century by Jiri (George) of Sternberk and was followed by Hodejovsky family in the 17th century, who converted the castle into a renaissance mansion. However, the most significant alteration took place in the 18th when members of the Vrtba family rebuilt the castle into a baroque residence.
The utterly most important and famous owner of the Konopiste Castle was the archduke Fratisek (Franz) Ferdinand d’Este, a successor to the Austro-Hungarian throne whose assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 became a pretext of the the World War I. This man bought the Konopiste domain in 1887 from the Lobkowitzs family and converted it into a magnificent seat of a Heir.
The Chambers were richly decorated with the collections inherited from the Modena’s archdukes of d’Este and numerous hunting trophies hanging on the walls as silent witnesses of Franz Ferdinand´s hunting passion.