Konopiste Castle is one of the historic highlights of the Czech countryside. This guide will help you plan your visit.
Visiting Konopiste Castle
Located 48 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of the Czech capital, Konopiste Castle is a great day trip from Prague.
Konopiste is best known for its thousands of hunting trophies and its former owner, Frans Ferdinand d’Este of World War I fame. He renovated the chateau in the late 19th century, and much of it is still preserved as it was then.
The interior of Konopiste Castle is well worth a visit, but the real treat is walking around the grounds. Beautiful gardens, a lake, and a wide variety of birds of prey all contribute to the ambiance.
Guided tours of Konopiste Castle are available in English and Czech.
Note: Konopiste castle is closed from December to March and on Mondays.
Transportation from Prague to Konopiste Castle
Trains from Prague to Konopiste: Trains run regularly from Prague’s Hlavni Nadrazi station to Benesov u Prahy, which is around 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) from Konopiste. From there, you can walk on a marked trail or take a taxi to Konopiste Castle. The journey time to Konopiste ranges from 40 minutes to 1 hour and 5 minutes each way.
Buses from Prague to Konopiste: Buses run regularly from Prague’s Florenc bus station to the Benesov u Prahy station. From there, you can walk or take a taxi to the castle. The bus from Prague to Konopiste takes 40 to 60 minutes each way.
Driving from Prague to Konopiste: Take the D1 expressway south and exit at the Benesov cutoff. Turn right at the sign for Konopiste. Driving from Prague to Konopiste takes around 40 minutes each way. There is parking outside the castle for a small fee.
Private Tours of Konopiste: The easiest way to get to Konopiste is to go through a tour operator in Prague. They will drive you (usually in a small van) to the castle and pick you up at a given time. This allows you to avoid the walk from the train or bus station to the castle.