Every turn a surprise. Magical. One of the most picturesque towns in Bohemia and all of Europe. :) Unfortunately missed the guided tour inside the castle but was happy to see fellow solo travelers along the way.
The Castle itself does not have many stairs except for the Tower (162 steps) but, as I recall, to get into the Upper Castle one goes through a vaulted steeply climbing corridor that connects the courtyard II to the palace... More
The Castle itself does not have many stairs except for the Tower (162 steps) but, as I recall, to get into the Upper Castle one goes through a vaulted steeply climbing corridor that connects the courtyard II to the palace complex. The castle does not stand on a very high hill and it is easy to walk if one enters through the red gate which gives access to the coutryard I (the other connection with the town is through the castle steps). I went in the spring and it was very crowded. It´s important to notice that one is not allowed to vist the interiors on their own - a guide will guide you through the rooms inside the castle and the groups can be as large as 20-30 people (that was my case). Thus is can get really crowded inside the rooms. The guided visit is very good, and the guide speaks good English and is very knowledgeble, however I really felt it was all done a bit in a rush - the whole thing took about 30 min. and the guide moves very fast from room to room while we try to follow him (may prove difficult with a baby). Another thing is that it will be freezing cold and you´re sure to expect snow, so walking through the gardens will be more complicated, which is a shame for they are beautiful (11 hectares). Despite it all, it is a really amazing Castle (the largest noble residence in the Czech Republic) and is richly furnished and very welI preserved). I did the Tour #1 which includes the Rosemberg and Renaissance rooms, the Castle Chapel, the Barroque Dinning room, Princess Amalia´s Rooms and the Masquerade Hall which is very interesting, all decorared in the commedia dell´arte fashion.There´s a second tour which comprises the most modern parts of the Castle and includes the art gallery at the top of the Tower. You may want to do the first one, I believe. Have a nice trip!