The castle has a unique story that intervenes with the well-known authorities at that time. Before the Gestapo took over the place, the chateau was a magical place for artistic people to stay over and spend their lives here. Discover the story of Jenerálka and how it helped fifty innocent children whose parents were sadly executed by the authorities.
Going back in time-capsule
The story of Jenerálka dates back to the 18th century when it was first found and established by the Austrian General Staff. Its design, both and indoors, is breathtaking. When aspiring to its beauty, it is clear to see the neo-baroque reconstruction, which gives Jenerálka a chateau spirit. The castle is a lovely two-story structure with Neo-Baroque facades, a triangular gable on the façade’s axis, a mansard roof, a turret, and a terrace.
The castle’s location has a significant meaning: it was on the major road, a vein of Prague, leading all trade routes to the north. Until the 20th century, it belonged to the Nebušice’s village cadastre.
Who lived in Jenerálka?
You would be surprised how many astonishing individuals lived there! One of them was painter August B. Piepenhagen famous for nature masterpieces such as Winter Landscape with Frozen Pond, Landscape with Lake, and Mountain Landscape with Lake and Church.
Even though Piepenhagen had a german origin, he loved Prague and spent there most of his life. In 1868, he passed away in the chateau, and the story of the castle changed its direction dramatically.
During the hardships…
In 1922, the office of the Czechoslovak legions with the Legionary Support Fund bought the castle for their use, and it became the home for legionaires-invalids.
Before World War II, the Czech Republic was under pressure from Nazi Germany, and the local Gestapo headquarters were located in the castle. When the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich took place, Jenerálka was a safe place for children (approximately 46 of them) whose parents were either executed or sent to the concentration camps by Nazis. At the same time, the Lidice massacre took place: more than 300 people were found dead, and the village was burned down to the ashes.
The Gestapo founded a boarding school here in 1942 for the children of imprisoned or executed Czech officials, military leaders, and public figures. These children were expected to be adopted and raised as Germans by German officers. Approximately 50 children lived on the grounds of the castle in 1942-43, including the children of Dr. Shamal, the Chancellor of the Czech Republic’s Presidential Administration, General Bocek, Minister Chikla, and others.
Luckily, on the 14th of April 1944, some people took children to the internment camp located in the South of Moravia.
After the war ended, a research institute with a focus on vacuum technology took over the place. It was known for the name Tesla on the local market. Unfortunately, the castle fell in despair in the meanwhile.
After 1989, a group of Baptists bought the castle and restored it completely. Now, there is an International Baptist Theological Seminary.
Where can I find Jenerálka?
To find the chateau, you need to go to Prague 6 district, near Dejvice metro or tram station. Stroll a couple of minutes until you discover streets U Vizerky and Nad Habrovkou. Between them, you will find a magnificent and magical Jenerálka castle.
The public is not permitted to enter the castle. Nevertheless, you can only visit the Baptist study during opening hours.