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Romberk (German: original Rosenberg) is a castle situated in South Bohemia near Romberk nad Vltavou in the Czech Republic. It is the oldest seat of the House of Romberk, a historical Czech aristocratic family. It was mentioned for the first time in 1253 in a document signed by Vok "von Rosenberg".
The Romberk castle was founded in the first half of the 13th century by Vok of Prčice, a member of the powerful Vtkovci family (Witikonides in Latin; Witigonen in German), who later styled himself Vok of Romberk (Vok de Rosenberch) after this castle. Within a short time, a tributary town grew in the barbican. The castle became the administrative and economic centre of the family's lands, a part of which Vok gave to the newly established Cistercian monastery in Vy Brod. In 1302, when the cadet Krumlov branch of the Vtkovci died out, Vok's offspring inherited Česk Krumlov and they settled there permanently.

In 1420 Oldřich II of Romberk (14031462) was forced to pawn the castle to the Lords of Walsee from Austria to get money to finance the army he was fielding against the Hussites. Oldřich was father of Perchta ("the White Lady"). The loan was paid off but in 1465 the castle was pawned again to the Lobkovic family. This loan too was paid off.

In 1600 Petr Vok of Romberk bequeathed the castle and its estates to his nephew Johann Zrinski of Seryn (15651612), son to Nikola ubić Zrinski. Zrinski rebuilt the castle in Renaissance style. When he died in 1612, the estates were inherited by the vamberks, relatives of the Romberks. But they soon lost the castle because all their estates were confiscated after the Battle of White Mountain and were given to the commander of the Imperial army, Charles Bonaventure de Longueval, Count of Bucquoy. The Buquoys, whose main residence was in Nov Hrady, kept the castle until 1945, when it was nationalised after the end of World War II.

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