It is possible to say that the Jindřichův Hradec castle is a "textbook of architecture". Then, the Gothic palace is its medieval chapter. The structural core of the palace was constructed at the beginning of 13th century. Lords of Hradec had the need of representation of themselves and, as the important king's officials, they also had to represent the Czech Kingdom. The original palace had the half measurements compared to the present situation. The palace gained its final look at the end of 15th century.
The bigger part of the visit line was newly furnished and equipped lately. The first chambers show the finds of the archeological research which has been done during the general reconstruction of the whole castle between the years 1975 and 1993. Very interesting is the collection of the gothic tiles from the tile stoves in the palace of the Lords of Hradec from the second half of the 15th century. There are also many artefacts and historical documents presented in the first chambers of the tour which remember the extraordinary positions of the Lords of Hradec and their interventions into the most serious political matters of the Bohemian Kingdom as well as their life style. The highlight of the tour is certainly the Knights Hall with the murals presenting The Legend of Saint George. The wall paintings consist of more than fifty scenes from the life of St. George which were created in the year 1338. Although the palace was afflicted by many fires in the past and the reconstructions and repair works haven been done sensitively enough the scenes of the Legend of Saint George remain exceptionally well preserved. We prepared also a small surprise - the short animated movie which brings the figures of the medieval frescoes to life. The tour shows also the representative hall of the palace from the end of the 15th century, very valuable artefacts Madonna of Jindřichův Hradec from the 1460s or Pietà of Lodhéřov from the middle of 14th century. The tour ends in the very well preserved late-gothic black kitchen which is still functional and which we occasionally put in order.
We hold the lunch break in May, June and September between 12 and 13 o'clock.