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The Hotel Chateau Stirin, Ringhofferova 711, 251 68 Kamenice – Stirin, is located 25 km southeast from the Prague city centre. The chateau and its facilities are nestled in a peaceful countryside among extensive forests and numerous ponds. The site includes an English style chateau park.

Stirin Chateau


Documentation of the village and fortress of Stirin under the rule of Chval of Stirin dates back to the 14th century. Starting in 1751, the manor belonged to the Salm-Reifersheid family, who reconstructed the complex into a Late Baroque representational seat with a chapel. In 1822, Prince Rohan acquired the manor; however, he sold it to Count Nostitz-Rhieneck in 1831. A significant turning point in the development of the Stirin chateau and its surroundings occurred in 1870, when the manor, including the chateau was bought by Baron Frantisek Ringhoffer, under whose reign the architect Stibral carried out further reconstruction. The Ringhoffer family owned the chateau and other real estate until 1945, when the state took over all the buildings and the adjacent landscaped nature park. Between 1985 and 2007, the chateau and park were strikingly renovated upon the initiative of Vaclav Hruby with the goal of creating hotel, conference and cultural facilities serving for sports and relaxation. Since 1995, the chateau has been the property of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Chateau Stirin


The conference venue is not far from the capital but we strongly encourage all participants to arrange their accommodation directly in Hotel Stirin facilities.

High-standard accommodation is offered in five buildings of Hotel Chateau Stirin:

Hotel Stirin room

For detailed information please visit the Accommodation section.

City of Prague

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is well known for its historical monuments, classical architecture and rich cultural heritage that continues today in many theaters, concert halls, opera houses and galleries. Come and discover this wonderful city and walk in the footsteps not only of Franz Kafka and Antonin Dvorak but also of Tycho de Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Bernard Bolzano, Christian Doppler, Albert Einstein, Jaroslav Heyrovsky, Vladimir Prelog and others.

Historical centre of Prague

Prague has 1.3 million inhabitants living on approximately 500 square kilometers. The historical city center is a designated UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage area which stretches over more than 8 square kilometers. Charles University in Prague, founded in 1348, is the oldest university in Central Europe.

The dominant feature of the city is Prague Castle with its gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. The castle, formerly the seat of Czech kings since 1087, became the seat of the president in 1918. The Lesser Town below the castle boasts a profusion of intimate corners and character restaurants blended with splendid aristocratic palaces and charming gardens. The 14th century Charles Bridge, the most remarkable promenade site in Prague, connects Lesser Town with the Old Town, amazing network of twisting medieval lanes. The Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square houses the oldest working Astronomical Clock in the world (1410). At every hour, a presentation of four figures and statues of 12 Apostles starts. Between the Old Town Square and the river bank, remains of unique 13th century Jewish Town offer mysterious spiritual atmosphere. Due to hilly landscape over double-bent river valley, the elevated sites such as the Castle offer magnificent views over the city's “one hundred spires”.

Getting to Prague

Vaclav Havel Airport Prague handles flights of most European carriers, including low-cost ones, as well as some overseas flights. To find the most appropriate flight without the need of visiting individual carrier websites, you may try a global travel search site such as http://www.skyscanner.net/.

Getting to Stirin

Stirin is located approximately 40 km from the airport. For detailed information, please see the How to get there section.

Photographs courtesy of Hotel Chateau Stirin and fungus2.