The Kunětická hora Castle

The Kunětická hora Castle


533 52 Staré Hradiště u Pardubic, Czech Republic

Telephone: office/castle administration: +420 466 415 428 (Mon - Fri), ticket office/office:
+420 725 507 500 (Mon - Fri)



Opening Hours
In accordance with a government resolution, the building is closed from 12 October 2020 until further notice.

March: 10 am - 3.30 pm (28. and 29.3.2020, this will depend on the progress in the construction work, please follow our website)

April: 10 am - 3.30 pm (this will depend on the progress in the construction work please follow our website)

May:  9:30 am – 5 pm

June: 9:30 am – 5 pm

July: 9:30 am – 5 pm

August: 9:30 am – 5 pm

September: Tue – Fri: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

         Sat - Sun, public holidays: 10 am - 4:30 pm

October: 10 am - 3:30 pm

The castle is closed on Mondays during the season. If, however, the Monday is a public holiday, the castle will be open to the public and it will then be closed on the following Tuesday.


historical sights, exhibitions, a tower, a chapel


The Kunětická hora Castle

Kunětická hora is the characteristic dominant feature of the East Bohemian Elbe area. It was settled as early as in prehistoric times due to its silhouette and monumental location in the countryside. According to archaeological research, the castle complex stood on Kunětická hora as early as in the second half of the 14th century. Kunětická hora became more widely known after the Hussite Wars. From 1421, it was one of the important strategic points for the adherents to Communion under both kinds and King George of Poděbrady became the castle’s owner after 1464. In 1491, the castle was transferred to the House of Pernstein, which undertook the greatest reconstruction of the seat between 1491 and 1548 and whose late gothic and renaissance modifications saw the castle become a château residence. Kunětická hora occupies an exceptional place in the history of castle architecture due to the construction of the fortifications which made use of massive earth ramparts and circular rondels. The main tour route includes the entire castle palace from the cellars through to the view from the tower. Visitors can take this tour without a guide and at their own tempo. The sights include the armoury, an exhibition on torture, the dungeon, the Knight’s Hall, the floor dedicated to the House of Pernstein, models of the castle and much more. The second tour route involves a guided tour. This includes the Chapel of Saint Catherine built at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries and the adjacent baroque Chapel of Saint Barbara dating from the beginning of the 18th century. There is a wonderful view from the terrace next to chapel.