History

The original medieval castle was founded in the 13th century by Havel of Markvartic. The earliest preserved part of the current castle is the main tower, however we do not know the exact form of the Gothic castle. In the 16th century the castle was rebuilt into a Renaissance chateau, and was acquired by Albrecht von Wallenstein after the Battle of White Mountain. He probably initiated the Baroque modifications of the chateau. Lemberk acquired its present appearance in the years 1660-1680, when it was in the possession of the Dutch Breda family, who wanted to build a representative residential seat fat the castle. However, work was stopped after the death of Christopher Rudolph Breda in 1680 and never revived. The Clam-Gallas family owned Lemberk from the beginning of the 18th century, but only stayed there occasionally and thus Lemberk became more of a rural chateau. Thus no major structural modifications occurred after this point and Lemberk maintained its early Baroque form.