Waking up the winter castle. This is the name of the construction project for the reconstruction and restoration of the Vimperk Chateau in southern Bohemia. Construction works on the castle will be the largest in the last 160 years. After the completion of the reconstruction, the chateau is to become an attractive tourist destination in Šumava.
The South Bohemian conservationists took over the Vimperk Chateau in 2015 and immediately began to prepare first stage which is now in progress, i.e. the reconstruction of the so-called Upper Chateau. The chateau has been in a very bad state in recent decades due to neglected maintenance. Its renewal will last until the end of 2020 and colleagues from the Bohemian Division are working on it.
Construction works include relaying of unsatisfactory water and electricity networks, renewal of several facades and the creation of a tour route and visitor facilities. The exhibitions of the Vimperk Museum which has been based there since 1961 will also be larger and more modern.
The reconstruction of the chateau began in March this year. Currently, mainly preparatory and demolition activities are underway. Builders are demolishing selected modern partitions, floors and walled up passages between rooms. In the courtyard, there is a water supply shaft and a drain where water pipes will be placed.
However, the chateau operation is supposed to work in spite of construction works but only under special conditions and in limited regime. Visitors thus have a unique opportunity to watch live the reconstruction of the chateau with their own eyes. “Restoration explorations reveal incredible things which will not be seen after the renovation. Imagine that you have thirty different types of paintings in one room, ranging from Renaissance throughout Art Nouveau to 20th century. We will offer a tour without furniture, focus on restoration and construction details, ”said Vojtěch Brož, the castellan.
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