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The Schwarzenbergs

The German noble family of Schwarzenbergs was originally called the Lords of Seinsheim and their proper emblem was a shield with silver and blue stripes.


The Schwarzenbergs
  • Jan Adolf I. of Schwarzenberg (1615–1683), was an Austrian and Czech aristocrat, important diplomat and polyglot, the founder of the family domain in the Czech Lands. After the Thirty Years´ War he gained the Třeboň domain in pitiful condition. However, as a very skillful manager and politician he was able to restart its economic development.
  • Johann George de Hamilton (1672–1737) became well-known as a painter mostly for his marvellous oil paintings of hunting motifs and perfectly accurate portraits of horses and dogs. He worked at the Třeboň castle for Prince Adam František of Schwarzenberg.
  • Jan Adolf II. of Schwarzenberg (1799–1888) significantly contributed to the modernization of the economy and industry in the Schwarzenberg domain. He carried out sophisticated and revolutionary reforms of forestry, agriculture and fish farming. He commissioned the building of the monumental Schwarzenberg tomb next to Svět fish pond in Domanín. Thanks to him South Bohemia achieved an unprecedented transformation resulting in an economic miracle unparalleled on the Old Continent.
  • Eleonora of Schwarzenberg (1812–1873) together with her husband Jan Adolf II. admired English culture. She had significant influence in rebuilding Hluboká Castle in the romantic Neo-gothic English style and in the building of the monumental family tomb near Třeboň. She also restored the Třeboň castle park. She supported the education of girls. In the Třeboň monastery she founded a girls´school under the care of the Charles Borromeo order.
  • Václav Hucek (1820–1912), Třeboň teacher, chronicler, respected burgher and patriot, co-founder of various clubs in Třeboň (Pěslav, Měšťanská beseda, api cultural club Svornost etc.) with his daughter Berta’s founded the famous Třeboň spa. He opened and managed the first Třeboň spa house from 1883 until 1909. The Berta’s Spa still stands in the same place and is named after his daughter Berta.
  • Berta Hucková (1857–1887) was a very educated girl and one of the first emancipated women in the 19th. She played the violin and piano. Her ability to sing allowed her to perform publicly from childhood. She also participated in many charity events. Her main distinction was co-founding the first Třeboň peat spa in 1883. She was the author of the original design for the spa building next to the Golden Canal built ather father´s expense. She died early at the age of  almost 30 of acute encephalitis.
  • Josef Šusta (1835–1914), the director of the Schwarzenberg manor and founder of modern fish breeding. He dedicated himself to the thorough study of fish pond building and management, mainly understanding carp nutrition. With the results of his studies which were immediately used in practice, fish pond management was built on scientific principles. Under his leadership, fishermen concentrated on the summering of fish ponds with bottom drainage, fertilizing and liming fish ponds and further carp feeding.