Konopiště is a château (castle) located about 50 km southeast of Prague 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 off World War I.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria bought Konopiště in 1887, with his inheritance from the last reigning Duke of Modena, and rebuilt it into a luxurious residence, which he preferred to his official residence in Vienna.
Konopiště castle is now open to the public. Visitors can observe the residential rooms of Franz Ferdinand, a large collection of antlers (Franz Ferdinand was an enthusiastic hunter), an armory with medieval weapons, a shooting hall with moving targets and a garden with Italian Renaissance statues and greenhouses. It is a popular place for weddings.
The castle is open from April to October. Catch the train to get to Benešov u Prahy (see below)-about 40 minutes ride-and then walk about 2.5 km from the station to the castle.
Or travel easily with Czech Transport.
Last update: 2017-03-31