To enter the chateau, the visitors use the main staircase, decorated by allegorical sculptures of four elements (Earth, Water, Fire, and Air) by Štěpán Borovec. The decorations in the entrance hall include a ceiling fresco made after 1738, displaying the projected appearance of the castle in the 1st half of the 18th century, which nevertheless was never realized. During major reconstruction in 2014-15, the ceiling fresco was restored, together with the original ornamental decorations on the walls.
In the drawing room, the tour to the large chateau exhibition starts, featuring the original equipment, not limited to Baroque items, and completed with other objects from the heritage institutes and museums. The portraits from 1650 display four participants of the Thirty Years War.
The small countess’s salon features a modern gallery of the Lazansky family, especially portraits of the owners and their descendants of the last four generations.
In the bedroom, a fragment of the original fresco decorations has been preserved, and also wooden consoles, as typical Manětín decorative interior elements; their colors go well with the frescos.
The countess’s study: The room is fitted with neo-Rococo furniture with Venetian scenes from the 19th century. Also displayed are portraits of the descendants of Maria Gabriela, the key personality of this domain.
The tour continues via the ladies’ pink salon to the vista to the garden, and then to the gentlemen’s study.
The gentlemen’s study features a set of oil figural paintings – the Spanish Riding School.
The large countess’s salon
It features a rare and unique set of 13 pictures made by Václav Dvořák in 1716-1717, displaying servants and clerks of the Manětín aristocracy. The pictures can be divided to two categories – portraits of single standing figures, and group portraits.
The dining room
The full dining set was manufactured in Stará Role near Carlsbad at the end of the 19th century. The same decoration pattern can be seen on the coffee and tea sets. Also featured is the oil painting “Breakfast in the Greenery” from the 17th century, and the newly restored Still Life with a Boar’s Head ( 18th century).
The small saloon, displaying other pictures of servants and clerks from Dvořák’s set, is used as a passage to the Grand Hall.
The Grand Hall is considered one of the most beautiful rooms of the whole chateau, especially for its fresco decorations by Julius Lux from Pilsen, and Filip Bornschlegl from Würzburg. The ceiling Rococo painting from 1730, still waiting for full restoration, celebrates the virtues (Love, Strength, Wisdom, Fortune) and displays the allegories of the seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter). On the walls, there are portraits by Phillip Christian Bentum who painted the family members (Wenzel Josef Lazansky with his sons and Maria Gabriela Lazansky with daughters), together with the close relatives of Lazansky and Czernin family, around 1730. Manětín is proud to own the largest Bentum’s collection in the Czech Republic. Currently, the Grand Hall is also used for weddings and concerts.
The chateau library is part of the large fund of book collections managed by the National Museum Library. It contains the original furniture – eight oak glassed-in cabinets. It features more than five thousand books, and proves the true interest of the aristocracy in the 18th through 20th century. Lux’s fresco on the ceiling displays Zeus sitting on the cloud, with Pallas Athena kneeling before him.
The corridor, leading to the oratory of the Church of St. John the Baptist, is decorated by portraits of relatives and friends of the Lazansky family.
This place of honor in the church, separated from other areas, was designed for the Manětín aristocracy. That’s where the nobility attended the church services. Visitors can see the parish church, with Peter Brandl’s picture “Baptism of Christ in Jordan” on the main altar.