The selection of tours presents the bigger part of the castle's structural development. The visitors will see the buildings and interiors from the gothic period to the late Renaissance. The tour starts in the old Black kitchen, continues in the representative chambers of the Lords of Hradec and ends in the music pavilion Rondell.
The tour shows the extended area of the construction history of the Jindřichův Hradec castle. It starts in the old but still functional Gothic kitchen, which was constructed near the Black tower at the end of the 15th century. It continues in the large Renaissance, so-called Adam's building, built up on the southern side of the castle in the second half of the 16th century. This part of the castle, full of representative spaces and luxurious chambers, was constructed and used already by the first owners Lords of Hradec, but further also by the members of the families Slavata and Černín till the middle of the 20th century.
The part of the tour in Adam's building leads the visitors especially through the very well preserved representative rooms of the lord of the house, so-called Green chambers, furnished and decorated in the 1580s. Apart from the furniture of the end of 16th and beginning of the 17th century, the most valuable are the original wall paintings and coffered ceilings from the end of 1580s. The usage and meaning of the Green chambers are also reminded with many portraits of the castle owners from the Lords of Hradec and counts Slavatas, who held the most important offices of the Czech Kingdom and who strongly influenced the economic and cultural development of the whole South Bohemian Region.
The tour ends in the music pavilion Rondell, unique building with rich and mysterious inner decoration, rightly considered for one of the most important mannerist works of architecture in central Europe. Although Rondell as a building is one of a kind, it also belongs to a small group of the extraordinary, today just partly preserved, European buildings of the late 16th and 17th century, which were used for the most representative events of the noble courts and presentation of the so-called "Concealed music".
We hold the lunch break in October between 12 and 13 o'clock.