The Konopiste Castle was originally founded as a gothic fortress guarding a nearby town of Benesov. Being founded at the end of the 13th century by Tobias of Benesov, it was built at the beginning of the 14th century, following the model of french castles called “castels”.
The castle changed owners and has undergone many changes over time. The most significant alteration took place in the 18th when members of the Vrtba family rebuilt the castle into a baroque residence.
The utterly most important and famous owner of the Konopiste Castle was the archduke Fratisek (Franz) Ferdinand d’Este, a successor to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Being a great hunter and collector he has filled the whole castle Konopiste with hunting trophies, and collections of weapons, furniture and applied art.