The history of the New Chateau begins in the 1830s, when it was designed in the Empire style by Viennese architect Jindřich Koch for Count Josef Kinský, the owner of the Kostelec estate. In 1948, however, it became state property and in the following years it was used primarily as a Pig Breeding Research Institute. The institute was relocated in the 1970s and the building continued to deteriorate. It was returned to the Kinský family in a dismal state in 1992. It has undergone extensive reconstruction since and we can be admiring it to its fullest beauty today. The chateau exhibition Life in Biedermeier will literally send you travelling two centuries back in time to admire the original living spaces, including the magnificent Mirror Hall, where you can even get married. The Kinský Gallery is located on the mansion’s second floor. There is always an interesting exhibition to see of mostly modern art. The chateau has turned into the cultural heart of the region, and a tremendous number of cultural events are held here throughout the year. For the culinary connoisseurs, the September Food Festival staged at the chateau is a must-see option. One can always choose to lounge at Tonio’s castle café and restaurant, where the son of the manor’s owner himself takes care of the cooking. So stop by at the New Chateau, stroll through its beautiful English park, and if you are lucky enough, you may even join a tour guided by František Kinský, the current owner, himself.
The chateau is part of the tourist product Chateaux on the Orlice - the Czech Loire.