Black Tower + Black Kitchen

The Black Tower can be visited without guide. Jindřichův Hradec castle is a complex of large and expressive buildings and it isn't possible to say that the Black Tower is its dominant point, but it is certain that the tower contributes to castle's imposing look. Comparing to other observation towers the local Black Tower offers panoramic and beautiful view of the whole town and its wide surroundings. Newly, the visitors of the Black Tower may visit also the Black Kitchen.

Lords of Hradec had to build the Black Tower along with the Old Palace and castle's walls at the beginning of 13th century. Such towers were called "Berfgrieds". Their reason was partly defensive but they weren't built in the line of defensive walls like fortified towers but stood often apart from other castle's buildings, connected with them just with light wooden walkways. They had the function of watchtowers and were prepared for cases of fight within the castle - as the refuge towers for the last resistance. The local Bergfried's only entrance was originally in the height of 13 m. The later structural development connected the tower with the Old Palace.

The tower's measurement are interesting. The height and circuit are the same - 32 m (104,99 ft. or 35yd.). The diameter makes slightly more than 10 m. The only wall of the tower is approximately 4 m thick (13,12 ft. or 4,37 yd.) up to 20 m of its height.  

The Black Tower was also used as the prison. There were also well known personalities of Czech history among the people imprisoned in the local tower - controversial preacher Martin Houska in January 1421 and Baron Zikmund of Vartenberg who was imprisoned for the betrayal of Czech King Albrech in 1438. Baron Zikmund died in the tower after few weeks. In 1784, the new entrance into tower was created in the ground floor and the tower was used as a prison for "insubordinate dependants". The last inhabitants of the tower were two Russian bears, which brought earl Jaromír Černín from his travels in 1848.     

Opening hours

Period Days Hours
1. 9.-30. 9. sat–sun 10.00 – 16.00

Admission

Without guide
  • Category Price
  • Adults 25-65 years 80 CZK
  • Seniors 65+ 60 CZK
  • Youth 18-25 years 60 CZK
  • Persons with disabilities with valid identification card/certificate 60 CZK
  • Children 6-18 years 30 CZK
  • Children under 6 years free
  • Person accompanying a disabled person free
  • Person accompanying a school group of 15 pupils/students free
  • Tour guide accompanying a group of at least 15 persons free
  • Free single NPÚ tickets free
  • Free family NPÚ tickets free
  • NPÚ-card free
  • „Náš člověk“-card* free
  • Journalist with press accreditation* free
  • * Offer available for cardholder only

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