Sovinec castle invites visitors as the new season commences

One of the region’s most frequently visited sights has opened its doors to visitors. The castle welcomes around sixty thousand tourists each year, but this year, visitors have been forced to wait for the opening because of the coronavirus pandemic. Starting two months later than usual, the new season offers several innovations.

“I recommend the trip to Sovinec to anyone. The castle has a wonderful atmosphere and is always offering something new. For example, visitors who enjoy using modern technologies can download a mobile app which guides them through the castle. Modern social amenities are also available to visitors, and one of the biggest investments into the castle should be complete by the end of June. Renovation of the armoury, which will showcase the castle’s history and time when the castle was under siege by the Swedish army in the seventeenth century is now nearing completion,” said Lukáš Curylo, Deputy Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region responsible for culture and preservation of historic monuments.

Náměstek hejtmana Lukáš Curylo se seznámil s dalšími plány na hradě

Renovation works are currently underway in several places throughout the castle, but these will not limit visitors in any way. “The castle offers three different tours with displays and exhibitions. The castle tower lookout is also unique, and our tours will expand with additional points of interest in the next season. Besides renovating the armoury, revitalising the castle’s Baroque inner fortifications, including the Jánský bastion and the adjoining curtain walls, should be finished this year. The school of forestry is also being renovated,” said Curylo, adding that all this work will cost the region around 12 million crowns.

Visitors to Sovinec castle should also consider the measures to prevent spread of the coronavirus. “Guided tours in the main circuit will start every 20 minutes on weekends in June and throughout the summer holidays. If we receive more visitors, we are prepared to reduce the interval to 15 minutes. We are determined to meet demand while observing restrictions on capacity,” said Jitka Koščáková, Director of the Bruntál Museum responsible for operating Sovinec castle.

The Bruntál Museum has also been required to consider government measures to prevent spread of the coronavirus in its preparations for weekend events. Visitors cannot yet look forward to weekend events in the extent as in previous seasons. “We are making sure to avoid events involving a high concentration of people in a single area since we cannot guarantee that sufficient social distancing between visitors will be maintained,” said Koščáková. Our visitors won’t be missing out on castle events, events will just be organised differently. “This year’s weekend events will focus on presenting crafts. First up will be the traditional Sovinec Jewellery exhibition from July 4 to 6, 2020 ” said Koščáková, extending an invitation to visitors.

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