Castle Bound

Ever been castle hunting? In Prague, you don’t have to look very far. Castles abound– almost as common as Starbucks in the USA. In addition to Prague Castle, there are three castles in the outskirts of Prague. Today, John and I decided to visit Konopiste Castle, the home of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. You remember Franz — his assassination  led to WWI.

But before making the 45-minute train trip to Franz’ digs, we scoped out the beautiful Jerusalem Synagogue.


Back to Franz,  to get to his castle, you take a train to the little town of Benesov.


You walk about 1.5 miles to the castle following a yellow and white blaze.


Part of the way is through the woods in front of the castle. Ignore the urge to leave bread crumbs.


Until you come to the castle itself.


No photos are allowed to be taken inside the castle which has been restored to appear as it was when Franz lived there with his wife and three children.

This guy loved to hunt. He was a taxidermist’s dream, killing almost 300,000 animals.  I swear, most of them are on display in this castle.


It’s fair to say Franz used antlers in almost all his decorating. He also amassed one of Europe’s finest collections of armor and weaponry.

I preferred the aesthetic outside the castle.


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