Abandoned Castle in the Czech Republic


Originally built in the Baroque style, the Hořín Castle presents itself today in Rococo style, created at the request of Count Jakob von Czernin at the end of the 17th century.

Later, some agricultural buildings were added, surrounding the castle courtyard and creating an architecturally harmonious overall picture.

In the late 18th century, Hořín passed into the ownership of the Lobkowicz family, who still own it to this day.

The castle is surrounded by a 10-hectare park and is located in the village of Hořín, not far from the confluence of the Moldau and Elbe rivers, about 2 km from Mělník and approximately 40 km from Prague.

Under the direction of Count Heřman Jacob Czernin, a Baroque hunting lodge was built on the grounds between 1699 and 1720, designed by Giovanni Battista Alliprandi and later remodeled by F.M. Kaňka.

The castle was decorated with paintings by F.M. Schiffner and his brother Antonín and was expanded and remodeled several times over the years.

Two pavilions were added to the main building, connected by diagonal corridors.

One served as guest accommodation, the other was converted into a chapel.

Agricultural buildings were built as stables, and this structure has been preserved to this day, forming a valuable architectural ensemble.

Of particular note are the Rococo interiors, the so-called “stone rooms” dating from 1760-1763, partially preserved on the ground floor of the castle.

The main building has three above-ground floors and a basement with a total floor area of ​​10,000 square meters.

The ground floor accommodates a restaurant, private rooms, and accommodation options covering an area of ​​2,300 square meters.

The well-preserved Chapel of St. John of Nepomuk can be used for religious ceremonies as well as concerts.

The first floor provides 2,200 square meters, ideal for hotel rooms and private spaces.

The second floor offers space for luxurious rooms or suites covering an area of ​​1,200 square meters.

The third floor, with 750 square meters, offers the best views.

The spacious basement can accommodate wellness areas or wine cellars covering an area of ​​1,700 square meters.

The castle is located near the Kokořínsko Nature Reserve and offers a unique view of Mělník Castle and Mount Říp.

Prague’s Václav Havel Airport is 40 km away.

Possible uses include the construction of a luxury hotel with historical elements, using the cellar as a wellness area, converting outbuildings into horse stables or riding halls, as well as ample parking options.

An alternative idea for use is to convert the castle into a luxurious retirement home or a center for Alzheimer’s patients.