The castle of Cesky Sternberk was founded in 1241 by Zdeslav of Divisov later called Sternberg. During the times of the Lords of Sternberg, in the 13th century, the fortification of the castle was strengthened by building the north tower with three floors together with the castle walls. In 1465 Zdenek Sternberg found himself at the head of rebellion against King George of Podebrady and two years later he conquered his castle. At the turn of 15th and 16th century, the castle has undergone several changes during which its fortifications were strengthened and the new south tower, the cylinders, and the tower of hunger were constructed. In 1627, during the Thirty Years War, the people have looted the castle. Since the sixties of the 17th century the castle was renovated by the Italian master, Carlo Brentano.
In 1712 Holicky branch of the family died out and the castle changed owners frequently. Ownership of the castle was returned to Sternberg family in 1841 when Zdenek of Sternberg from the Konopiste branch of the family buys the castle. The castle remained in family ownership until 1949 when it was “nationalized” by the government of the Republic of Czechoslovakia. Thanks to the law on restitution of property was the castle in 1992 returned to the current owner, Zdenek Sternberg.
The castle visit tour leads through fifteen richly furnished rooms. The first is the Knights’ Hall with furniture from different periods and the Chapel of St. Sebastian with excellent stucco decorations designed by Italian artist Carlo Brentano. The tour continues in the living room with yellow stucco and early baroque style of Louis XVI furniture. There is also a woman lounge, private library with a beautiful portrait attributed to St. Peter, Paul Brandl. Continue in the dining room with silver objects and portraits of family members. Through a small lounge leads the tour to the eastern breakfast room with silver objects and furniture inlaid with floral forms. The study by George Sternberg presents the family tree where the last six generations are presented on 63 portraits. In four of these rooms you will find yourself in an environment of different styles including Rococo, Biedermeier and Empire numerosime Baroque art. The tour ends in the living room decorated with hunting trophies from various animals, most of them come from the reserves of Sternberg family, but there are also some from the island of Ceylon. Leaving the castle, the staircase, there are three paintings by Philip Sternberg representing various battles representing various battles of the 18th to 20th century.
At the Cesky Stermberk Castle there is an important collection of prints, mostly inspired by the story of the Thirty Years War. The collection includes 545 pieces and is considered one of the largest of its kind. The exhibit includes historic weapons, porcelain and other collections from different periods.