Have a spare CZK 200 million? Twelfth-century historic Czech castle is up for sale

Although valued at CZK 500 million, a castle in the Brno region, one of the biggest in Europe, is being offered for less to facilitate a speedier sale.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 05.10.2023 14:58:00 (updated on 07.10.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

Dolní Kounice Castle, located in Brno and believed to be worth up to CZK 500 million, has been on the market for over a year at a significantly reduced price of CZK 200 million. The historical complex, with a rich history dating back to 1162, has been desperately seeking a serious buyer. Despite its spaciousness and partially reconstructed building, potential buyers have been hesitant.

Selling at a bargain?

The current owner, František Zoubek, has prioritized an uncomplicated sale over the price. Jan Bareš, the sales director of NRG International Realty, who is handling the sale, explains that the current owner finds the ease of the transaction more significant. Last year, Zoubek attempted to sell the castle through an auction, but no one was willing to meet the minimum bid of CZK 95 million.

One potential buyer has offered CZK 150 million and is waiting for the bank to approve his loan.

"After the purchase [of a castle], a number of survey works are usually carried out. The condition of the castle is ascertained, and some assignment is sought for the start of the project. Most of the buildings are protected as monuments, so, of course, they are under the supervision of the National Monuments Institute," explained the owner of architectural studio Anarchitekt Jiří Soukup in Nova.cz

A rich history

An expansive property spanning 100,000 square meters of land, the castle has been a popular venue for weddings, corporate events, and school gatherings. Additionally, it offers guided tours for visitors interested in its historical significance.

Originally constructed as a Gothic castle by the Premonstratensians (a Christian religious order) from Dolní Kounice after 1280, the building suffered significant damage during the 20th century. Acquired by lawyer Václav Édl after World War II, the castle was later nationalized in 1959. 

Following the fall of communism in 1989, Édl restored the castle before selling it to Zoubek and his company, which has been gradually repairing it over time based on their financial possibilities.

Earlier this month, a castle in the town of Mirošov – located between Prague and Pilsen – was reported to be on sale for CZK 130 million. The entire area of the castle grounds has been protected as a cultural monument since 1964. Castle Býkov in Pilsen is on sale for CZK 85 million, too.

The castle's remarkable history, combined with its vast size and potential for a variety of events, makes it an attractive prospect for potential buyers. However, it remains to be seen whether any serious offers will be made in the near future.

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