The town of Hluboká nad Vltavou is famous for its beautiful, fairytale-like chateau. Originally a Gothic tower of strength from the middle of the 13th century, it was rebuilt into an eminently impressive residence of the wealthy Schwarzenberg family later on in the 19th century, modeled on the English Windsor Castle near London. Today, the romantic chateau stands in the middle of a large English park, lit up entirely at night. It’s splendid, luxurious interiors with unique woodcarving and valuable collections (for example, the wooden Renaissance ceiling in the large dining room that was removed by the Schwarzenbergs from the castle at Český Krumlov and brought here) are open to the public.
The picturesque appearance of the chateau is enhanced through countless oriels, pillars, embrasures, battlements, galleries, gargoyles and other distinctive details of Gothic style.
The complex incorporates a glassed-in winter garden, lavish armoury, chapel and old riding hall, hosting the Aleš Art Gallery, hung with the works of southern Bohemian painters from the middle ages to the present (including a well-known collection of Gothic Madonnas). The Gallery is also a venue of traditional classical music concerts.
Other places in Hluboká nad Vltavou worth paying a visit is the Ohrada hunting lodge with its museum of hunting and a small zoo nearby, or the Vondrov Riding Center with a new riding hall, providing comprehensive services associated with horseback riding.
A wide range of sporting activities is available – tennis, baseball, football, golf, mini-golf, paintball, swimming, etc. You can take a boat trip or an observatory flight from the Hosín Airport.