Discover the romance of Decin Castle. Open year round, the castle offers three tour routes. And if you want to go beyond an ordinary walking tour (and you like solving riddles) check out the Thirteenth Chamber project. Decin Castle is one of ten sites in Bohemia taking part in the project. Tours start in April and run Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Decin Castle is one of northern Bohemia's top historical sites - in the Usti Region it is one of the most visited. Perched on a rocky outcrop at the confluence of the Elbe and Ploucnice rivers, it is the city's natural focal point. Over the centuries, it has served as a fortification for Bohemian princes, a military fortress, and home to several great families. In recent history it played host to a succession of armies; first the Czechoslovak, then the German, again the Czechoslovak, and from 1968 to 1991 the Soviet army. Today the castle is in the hands of the city, which has been partnering with various organizations to restore it to a semblance of its former glory.
The carefully renovated castle interiors are the setting for group and individual tours, weddings, concerts, exhibits, and other cultural events. Decin's museum has a permanent exhibit here. Visitors can explore the castle living quarters, enjoy wonderful views of the city, and soak up the enchanting atmosphere of the rose garden. Over the course of the year the castle courtyard comes to life with various celebrations. The best known are the Historic May Fair, the wine festival in September, and the castle Christmas market. In summer months the castle lights up in the evenings for tours led by actors in period dress. Meanwhile, castle renovations continue in the gardens and park.
The Rose Garden
The castle's loveliest spot is, without a doubt, its rose garden. The garden's Baroque architecture combines with fragrant flowers to charm visitors all the way from the sala terrena (with frescoes dating to 1678) on its western end to its gloriette terrace (dotted with Baroque sculptures) on the east.
It became widely known as the Rose Garden in 1881 when it boasted one of the greatest rose collections in the Habsburg Empire.
Where is it? Decin Castle, Decin