Royal Central Bohemia

Come with us, following in the footsteps of Kings and Queens, throughout the Central Bohemian region. The deeds and legacies of ancient and esteemed royal dynasties have left their mark on both the landscape and the atmosphere of towns and villages, and continue to shape the character of the region, more so than in any other part of our country. Find out which castles and châteaux were home to powerful rulers and prominent aristocrats. Read about the history of the hill-forts of the Přemyslid dynasty and the origins of medieval towns. Discover the once royal realm of Central Bohemia.

Royal Chamber Towns

Unlike royal Free towns, Chamber towns were subordinate directly to the monarch, and administered by the Royal Chamber, which levied their tax. Though still subservient to the monarch, their status awarded them greater prestige, including numerous and significant privileges. There were several Royal Chamber Towns in Central Bohemia, and each of them boasts their own unique and rich history.


Aristocratic Castles and Châteaux

The nobility did all they could to keep up with their rulers, and so their residences often grew to spectacular proportions. The seats of distinguished aristocratic families were greatly admired and awe-inspiring structures in their time. Nowadays, many of them are historically and architecturally valuable heritage sites and well worth visiting.


Royal Towns

The title of ‘Royal Town’ was bestowed by the monarch and offered great privileges and rights, thanks to which with the towns in question would grow rich and prosperous. Whether through beer-brewing, or the mining of precious metals, prosperity would follow. So, which of the Central Bohemian towns enjoyed this exceptional status and recognition of by the king’s subjects and the nobility, including the king himself?


Přemyslid Hill-forts

Every story has a beginning. The birth of the Czech nation and state is associated with the Přemyslid dynasty, to which the very first kings in our lands belonged. To defend their position, they built a fortifications network consisting of several hill-forts – Tetín, Libušín, Levý Hradec, Stará Boleslav, Libice nad Cidlinou, Budeč, Lštění and Dřevíč.


Royal Castles

Monarchs needed to have royal seats which would garner admiration and respect in the eyes of other sovereigns as well as potential enemies. Over the centuries, all of the central Bohemian royal castles performed this important and difficult role perfectly.