An authentic alchemist’s workshop awaits you here, where alchemists really worked under Jan Zajíc from Hazmburk. The attraction of the castle is the restored alchemist’s workshop from the beginning of the 17th century, where many attempts were made to produce the liquor of youth or gold. According to rumors, it was successful, the gold is stored under the castle.

The predecessor of the medieval castle was a fortified royal fortress from the 13th century . The stone building was protected by a moat and the marshy terrain of the bank of the Ohře river. In 1336, the castle was acquired by the Házmberk family, who rebuilt it in the Gothic style. The castle was fortified with several towers and during the Hussite Wars it served as a stronghold for the Catholic party and the king.

In 1551, there was extensive damage to the castle as a result of the explosion of the powder room. After this event, the castle underwent a major reconstruction into a Renaissance castle. In the 19th century, half of the castle was demolished, and the other half underwent a general reconstruction at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. This is roughly the state the castle is in now.

Alchemist’s workshop

In the exhibition, the visitor can see, in addition to firearms , trophies from the explorations of the former owners of the castle, archaeological excavations from the period of 3 thousand years BC, also an alchemical workshop , which is installed in the premises where alchemical and other experiments were carried out in the 16th century. performed. In addition to the elements and components used by alchemists, the unique exhibition of the alchemist’s workshop also includes a demonstration of the laboratory with a whole range of furnaces, furnaces, cauldrons, pots and recipes for the production of everything that alchemists tried in the past.

When visiting the water castle, visitors can see a successful stuffed Nile crocodile, which was brought to the Buda estate at the beginning of the 16th century. The exhibition will also capture the attention of late Gothic and Renaissance interiors or the torture instruments of the local executioner , including the price list of individual acts.

Other areas of the castle

Since the end of 2017, the cellar has been accessible via a built-in wooden staircase. There you will discover an installation of an interactive city model and 3D scenes of what ever happened at the water castle . There is also the funeral of the princess, the explosion of the powder mill and memories of Jan Zajíc from Hazmburk and his travels to Egypt and Palestine. The southwest round bastion is also accessible during concerts and other cultural events .


Budyně nad Ohří Castle
Peaceful to us. 1z
411 18 Budyně nad Ohří

  • Tel.: +420 416 863 007
  • Tel.: +420 603 485 388
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Region: Usti Region
Region: Bohemian Central Highlands
City: Budyne nad Ohří
Tips for a trip: Budyně nad Ohří and surroundings

Working hours

April – October
1.4. – 31.10.
Tuesday – Sunday 10:30 – 12:30
13:00 – 17:00
Winter operation 1 November – 31 March: the water castle and the Jando Museum are closed. It is possible to visit the castle courtyard from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you are interested in a tour outside opening hours, you can arrange a tour by phone. Tours can be arranged for groups of more than 10 people!


Price:  100 CZK

Reduced price:  CZK 40

Children from 6 to 15 years of age and ZTP: CZK 30. (It may change)

Visiting Time

30min to 2 hours


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