Červená Lhota – Fairy Tale Castle

červená lhotaThe Červená lhota Castle was a place of amusement, celebrations and leisure. ‘Červená’ is Czech for ‘Red’, and that is what it is. This beautiful, fairy tale chateau with a red brick roof and red façade, set on a rocky island in the middle of a lake, is best seen by boating around the lake. It has been used by many film makers and for many more weddings. You could get married there – why not? We did.

The Červená lhota castle dating back to the 15th century, was sold to Vilem Rut of Dirna in 1597, and it was he that rendered it with red plaster. The last of the Ruts, Bohuslav, had to leave the Bohemian lands after the Battle of White Mountain in 1620.

After WWII, in 1945, the castle was confiscated (as German property) by the Czech Government. However, the Soviet army managed to “borrow” some furniture on its way home, so opening the castle for public viewing was a challenge. In addition, after the communists took over in 1948, the castle almost became a “weekend lodge” for the Czech minister of Agriculture. However, all these troubles ended when the castle was opened to the public in 1949 and the furniture and historical equipment was gradually recovered and brought back to Cervena lhota. Since 2003, the interiors of the castle look almost the same as when it was home to the last private owner in the beginning of 20th century.

You may want to stop by the village Dirna about 5 km from Cervena lhota where there is a small castle once more owned by the family of Duke Wratislav who, after confiscation in 1948, was allowed’ to stay on in the castle as administrator. It is now also home to a B&B operated by the Wratislav family.

Getting to Cervena lhota Castle by car is the most practical way, as the castle is located in a small village and no direct public transportation is available. We will be happy to assist you.

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