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Konopiste Chateau

Konopiště château is located about 50 km southeast of Prague, outside the city of Benešov. Castle was founded at the end of 13th century most likely by the bishop Tobias. In the early 20th century, the Austro-Hungarian throne passed to Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination in Sarajevo triggered World War I. The bullet that killed him, fired by Gavrilo Princip, is now an exhibit at the castle’s museum. Before his assassination Franz Ferdinand lived in Konopiste and gathered here a large collection of hunting trophies, paintings, weapons, antique furniture and two Gobelin tapestries from Paris. This collection is now the main attraction of the castle, along with rose gardens, ponds and a pair of bears living in a castle moat.

Getting there: organized excursion or by bus (from Florenc station).
Recommended time at location: 2 hours.

Konopiste Chateau

Konopiště Chateau is situated in the midst of charming gardens and a scenic landscape. This chateau once belonged to the successor to the Habsburg throne Franz Ferdinand d´Este – famous for his death in 1914 which started WWI. Originally a gothic castle built in the 14th century it was rebuilt …

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History of Konopiste Castle

Konopiště is a château (castle) located in the Czech Republic, about 50 km southeast of Prague, outside the city of Benešov. It has become famous as the last residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir of the Austro-Hungarian throne, whose assassination in Sarajevo triggered World War I. The bullet …

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