History

The small chateau at Ratibořice was declared a National Cultural Monument due to the literary connection to the work of Božena Němcová. An extensive landscape park with natural components in the form of floodplain meadows along the river Úpa, rustic farmstead buildings including a water mill and mangle, but Panského hostince and Starého bělidla have formed the backdrop for the princely/ducal summer residence since the 18th century. The premises represent a preserved, cultivated environment, inhabited together by the aristocratic owners and simple rural people in the spirit of the Enlightenment and Romanticism of the 19th century. This unobtrusive rural residence of Wilhelmine, Duchess of Sagan served as a meeting place for politicians and statesmen during the Napoleonic Wars, which resulted in the organization of Europe for several decades. Noteworthy technical monuments include the mill and mangle, but also preserved fragments of the irrigation system enabling intensive farming of the meadow in the past. Exhibitions administered by the National Heritage Institute in the buildings of the chateau, mill, mangle and Starého bělidla are open to the public in accordance with the visiting rules. Occasionally tours with animated characters from Babička take place here.