Vrchotovy Janovice Chateau
Phone: +420 317 835 181
Wednesday–Sunday: 9 AM–12 PM and 1 PM–5 PM
Weekends: 9 AM–12 PM and 1 PM–5 PM
Off-season - from October up to the end of April is Chateau CLOSED.
Chateau park is open all year - see opening time in section below - Owerview of further services.
Basic: 50 CZK
Reduced: 30 CZK
Family: 80 CZK
School group: 20 CZK/person
Basic: 20 CZK
Reduced: 10 CZK
Filming ... 50 Kč
Taking photos ... 50 Kč
Children under 6 years and ICOM members admission free
It is possible to see the “Society in Bohemia of the 19th Century” and “Rilke, Kraus and Vrchotovy Janovice” Exhibitions only in the company of a Guide.
Thank you for your understanding.
Overview of Further Services:
- The present appearance of the landscaped park surrounding the Chateau has developed over a period of more than 200 years and is the result of lucky encounters of the enlightened owners – such as František Arnošt Jr. Count of Vrtba, Josef Vratislav, Count of Mitrovice and Karel and Sidonie Nádherní of Borutín – with talented architects such as, for example, Camillo Schneider.
With an area of 16.5 hectares, it belongs among the smaller parks but, thanks to the harmony dominating here, its beauty, ability to impress and the tales that it hides, this is one of the most admired parks in Bohemia.
- Entry to the Park is free of charge in all seasons.
- Park opening hours:
From April to October ... 8 AM–7 PM
From Novemer to March ... 8 AM-4.30 PM
The Chateau in Vrchotovy Janovice, together with the original park, is a special place with an unobtrusive, yet powerful and unique charm.
Originally a Gothic stone citadel of the Lords of Janovice, protected by a moat, it was later rebuilt in Renaissance style by the Lords of Říčany and changed in the 18th Century to the representative seat of the Votice branch of the Counts of Vrtba. Later, the Vratislavs of Mitrovice arrived and with them the last overall reconstruction of the whole area in the mid-19th Century. It was then that the castle gained its present Neo-Gothic appearance. During the time of the last private owners, Nádherní of Borutín, mainly in the first half of the 20th Century, the castle, in the middle of the old landscaped park, was the venue for the meetings of Baroness Sidonie Nádherná with her interesting guests.
During the 2nd World War the Chateau was utilised as a military headquarters and barracks. Vrchotovy Janovice, as part of a military area, was evacuated and gradually an “educational camp” for refugees from forced labour in Germany was established there, a “concentration camp” for people whose ancestors or relatives were Jews and a “concentration camp for political prisoners”, a branch of the Flossenburg camp.
Both the Soviet and Czechoslovakian armies resided in the Chateau in the period just after the War. In 1950, the Chateau was expropriated and used as a textile warehouse and later for collections of the Regional Archive – and it gradually became derelict. The National Museum saved it from destruction at the end of the 50s. Now the Vrchotovy Janovice Chateau – together with its park – has been part of the Museum for almost 50 years.
A visit to the Chateau offers – amongst other things – also the long-term exhibitions of the National Museum: “Society in Bohemia of the 19th Century”, “Rilke, Kraus and Vrchotovy Janovice” and “Czech Bellfounding”.