Okoř Castle and Budeč

A bus from the Nádraží Veleslavín in Prague will take you to Zákolany. In the town square you’ll find a statue of Czechoslovak president Antonín Zápotocký, who was born here. From the square, you can go uphill to Budeč and the rotunda of St. Peter and Paul. From there, a beautiful 6km route through the forests and fields will take you to Okoř Castle.

Okoř is a castle on a low rocky promontory in Okoř, north-west of Prague, about 15 kilometers (9 mi) from the city centre, in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. In 1228 a stronghold was built in the small hamlet of Okoř. It was later modified into a Gothic castle, founded in 1359 by Frantisek Rokyčansky, a wealthy burgher of Prague's Old Town. It was later modified by comprehensive Late Gothic remodeling by the Lords of Donin. In 1518, during the reign of Bořitas of Martinice, the castle was turned into a residence in the Renaissance style. During the Thirty Years' War the castle was heavily damaged and then restored in the Baroque style. It underwent further extension in the second half of the 15th century, and in the 17th century it was owned by Jesuits. Following their departure after the Jesuit order was discontinued in Bohemia, the Okoř castle became deserted in the late 18th century and slowly began to deteriorate. Today The castle is a popular destination for one day trips. (Wikipedia)

Pierre Pe'er Friedmann