The European Private Heritage Week (May 24-27) was a great success gathering 642 houses opening in 17 countries and more than 272.000 visitors. A picnic was organized in 9 houses in Romania, while 39 houses open freely in Greece, 80 in Switzerland, and as much as 130 houses across three Baltic countries. The Latvian association held a contest for high-school pupils ‘My business model for a heritage house’.
The 2019 edition will be held on May 16-19, be ready!

Read the full press release on the outcomes of the European Private Heritage Week: Pressrelease_PrivateHeritageWeek

On May 24-27, private owners of heritage houses, chapels and churches opened their doors and organized special activities, under the common banner ‘Our House, Your Heritage’.

The European Private Heritage Week has four objectives:

  • Raise awareness on the contribution of private owners of heritage buildings to society
  • Foster exchanges between owners/managers and the public
  • Increase synergies with the living arts
  • Promote public engagement, especially the young generation

2018 is our chance to change the narrative surrounding private owners, highlight our contribution to society and achieve real political outcomes! We are counting on you!


Are you a private owner? Would you like to join this initiative?
→ Consult our guidelines and get in touch with us!

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Schloss Niederfellabrunn
26/27 May
Historic walks with stories adapted to children.
Cultural event with classical music.
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Philippe Kaufeler

Schloss Hollenegg
24 May (11.00-17.00)
4-7 May (11.00-17.00)
Schloß Hollenegg for Design is a non-profit cultural initiative, whose mission is to support young emerging designers, with the aim of creating space for design research, thinking and critique.

This year exhibition Legacy, will explore the importance of heritage, in personal and collective terms, looking both at the past and at the future. As individuals, the intangible inheritance we have received from our upbringing shapes us profoundly. At the same time, there comes a moment in life when we must ask ourselves what meaning our life and work has for the future.

Legacy will present new works by nineteen international designers, spread across the historical rooms of the castle, which are normally not open to the public. Modern design will be placed in conversation with old artefacts and fine art.

The exhibition is open to the public from 11:00 to 17:00 and the ticket costs 5€. Members: free entry.

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Alice Stori Liechtenstein

(Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania)

130 historic houses in three Baltic countries
24 May – 16 September
Travel campaign: Explore Baltic Manors
Dedicated t the Centenaries of Baltic countries and European Year of Cultural Heritage – Summer 2018
More than 130 historic manor houses and castles in three Baltic countries will open their doors to the visitors in summer 2018. The manor associations of three countries have joined their forces to organize a cross-border event to visualize the density of manor network in these countries; to highlight the significance of the manors as drivers of cultural, economic and regional development in the past as well as today.
Visitors are invited to manors already well-known for their professional restoration, interesting museums, excellent services or high level cultural activities. But there are many more to explore, small or big, in better or worse condition. Each and every of them is a testimony of bygone times and is already or has a potential to influence the cultural and economic development of the area.
May 24-25 Opening event – Open Doors Days in 26 manors, Latvia
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Estonia, Riin Alatalu
Latvia, Aira Andriksone
Lithuania, Vilma Deckute Zukauskiene


Château de Laarne
27 May
Visit of the castle at 15h00 in Dutch (possibility to request French)
8€/ person – 6€ for children

26 -27 May
Medieval festival – Medieval activities with many chivalry companies and medieval market
Medieval fest ending with the siege of the fortress
In the Nassau gallery – Pierre Nothomb exhibition

Fee: 8,00 € / Member of the Ommegang 6,00 € (upon the presentation of the member card)
Saturday 26 (11-18h) and Sunday 27 (10h-17h)

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Olivier Hamal de Trazegnies
++32 (0) 81 63 32 32

24 – 27 May
Liège province

24 – 25 May Guided visit around Bronckart square at 17h00 followed by two Conferences at 18h30
27 May – May Guided visit around Bronckart square at 10h00 followed by two Conferences at 11h30

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Olivier Hamal

Les deux Luxembourg

26 May – Guided visit of Guirsch village followed by a Maitrank tasting.

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Richard Hane


26 May – Guided visit on the architectural evolution of Charleroi at 14h00

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Pierre Rousseaux


24 May – 10h00 Guided visit of the city’s cultural heritage, including the garden of Mr & Ms Hambye as well as the Collégiale Sainte-Waudru followed by a friendship glass on the Grand Place

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26 May – Guided visit in the Saint Boniface / Matonge neighbourhood at 15h00 – 15h30 and 16h00

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Raquel D’Haese-Leal


26 May – 14h00 to 16h00 Guided visit of the Villa Balat in Jambes

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J.J. Loumaye


27 May – 14h30 Guided visit of the village followed by a visit of a XVIIIth century farm along with its collections

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Vanessa Pauwels


For more information, consult the full program:
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Castle Blatna
24-27 May
Open House
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Stephanos Germenis

Castle Stránov
24 May
Theatre play followed by 5-course dinner and guided tour be the owners: ‘Mysterious evening at the Castle’.
25-26 May
Night guided tours with special stories.
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Zuzana Pavlíková

Castle Úholičky
24-27 May
Art Exhibition: Ballardini – Father & Son – The Story of Europeans (CZ/IT)
Concert: Mobile Carillon Concert – The European Bells (CZ/NL)
Concert: The Whitlam’s Gig (UK)
1 September
Regional Harvest Festival
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Castle Boskovice
24-26 May
Concert of the Opera soprano Karolina Žmolíková with piano accompaniment in the castle’s hall
2nd edition of the Boskovické zpěvobraní (non-competitive exhibition of choirs in the courtyard of the castle)
Special visit of the castle guided by Count Hugo Mensdorff-Pouilly
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Hradní 6, Boskovice
Telephone: +420 516 452241

Water Tower in Cítoliby
24-26 May
Discussions under the Water tower | Petr Hora Hořejš, author of the historical cycle Toulky českou minulostí will talk about the theme “The unknown Czech legend Josef Hlávka”.

Chateau Dobříš
25-27 May
Commented visits of the entire castle complex (except for the French Park, which is under reconstruction until 2020)
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+420 318 521 240

Castle Hrádek u Sušice
25-27 May
Language of Angels | Harp concert by Katarína Ševčíková in the St. Walpurga chapel
Commented visits of the castle’s garden including the Empire-style greenhouse
Commented visits of the castle with the owner Ing. Pavel Lejsek
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+420 376 508 514

Castle Karlova Koruna
11 May
Concert by the InConcerto choir
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Castle Kvasiny
24 May – 3 June
Exposition of the realisations created by students and teachers of the Hradec Králové University – Academic department of Visual arts

Castle Nové Město nad Metují
26 May
Food Art Festival

Castle Skalice
24-27 May
Open Day: visit of the castle and its park

Castle Velké Meziříčí
24-27 May
Visit of parts of the castle which are not usually accessible (castle chapel with recently restored gothic vitrages, hall with unique fresco decoration, cellars)
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+420 566 522 773


26 May
Open House. Pre booked guided tours, café and shop.
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Malmgård Sjundeå
26 May
Open House

26 May
The house will be open, as well as the food-shop and café.
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Pajuparvi Helena Tiililä

Suontaan kartano
26 May
The house will be open, as well as the food-shop and caféThe house and café will be open. Guided tours to introduce the farm – which is moving towards the production of organic food – will be organized.
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050 558 1196

Ali-Nummelan tila
26 May
The house will be open.
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044 0206 955

26 May
Open house, the introduction is possible to get in multiple languages! There is possible to buy coffee, cards and photos.
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040 5050 175

Tampin Kartano
26 May
Parts of the house, the café and shop will be open.
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040 8641 136

26 May
The house, 3 nature trails, farm shop and restaurant will be open.
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040 533 6327


Collège royal de Thiron Gardais
24-27 May
The Collège royal et militaire de Thiron-Gardais – property of the famous journalist Stéphane Bern – will be open for group visits upon reservation.

Château de Caumont
27 May
A concert of baroque music will be performed by the Escapade ensemble (vocals, flute, gamba, theorbo, archiluth) at 17h00.
10€/ person – 8€ for members of the Friends of Caumont – 5€ for children under 18.
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Mathilde de Castelbajac
+33 6 63 83 23 11

Château de Commarque
27 May
The castle is organizing La Fête des Accordaillles, a medieval day with games, danse and instrument presentation, creative workshops for flower crows and make-up, poetry, discovery of plants and their virtues….and much more surprises!
From 11h00 to 18h00
Festival + Visit Castel, Adult: 15€
Festival + Visit, Children (+ de 5year old) : 10 €
Festival alone: 10 € (pay on the spot)
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Book in advance and win a medieval jam!
+33 (0) 5 53 59 00 25

24-27 May
Vaux-le-Vicomte is partnering with the European Historic Houses Association to promote the European Private Heritage Week.
The Castle is celebrating in 2018 the 50’s anniversary of its opening to the public! One more reason to celebrate and visit!


39 houses in 13 provinces
24-27 May
For the first time in Greece, 39 important historic houses in 13 different municipalities of the country are opening to the public between 24th May and 27th May 2018. Their owners invite you to discover them on a pro bono basis!
Read the English description
Consult the full program


24 May (16.30-18.30)
400 Years Celebration of Killruddery as home to the Brabazon Family.

Conference ‘What place for the Historic House in Ireland in the 21st Century?’, Dr. Terence Dooley M.A., Professor of History of Historic Houses and Estates, Maynooth University

01 2863405

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27 May
Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane annual spring initiative will take place on Sunday, May 27, when about 300 private historic houses all around Italy will open their doors to Italian and foreign visitors. In the year that celebrates Europe’s cultural heritage, ADSI offers a chance to breathe the unique atmosphere of historic houses that are the living testimony to our cultural traditions and roots. The Giornata Nazionale’s program will also offer a wide range of tailored events, different in each region and town.


Rūmenes muiža / Rumene Manor
24-25 May
The house will be open with guided tours for visitors and special tours for students.
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Iveta Sprūdža

Blankenfeldes muiža / Blankenfelde Manor
24-25 May
The house will be open with guided tours for visitors and special tours for students.
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Ilze Djačuka

Dikli Palace hotel / Dikļi Palace
24-25 May
The house will be open with guided tours for visitors and special tours for students.
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Antra Medne

24-25 May
The house will be open with guided tours for visitors and special tours for students.
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Undīne Pabriks – Bollow


Casa Senhorial Verde de Oliveira
24–26 May
Guided visits and local market “Rocaille Leiria” – where Nina’s – Marie -Antoinette tea and Rocaille Leiria articles as note-books, post-cards, stamps are for sale.
From 15h00 to 18h30
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Ana Oliveira


17 houses are open across Romania on June 1 -3 for the European Private Heritage Week.
Petre P. Carp Manor – Ţibăneşti
24 May
Open House in restoration. Pre-booked guided tours,
tea and shop. Romanian- French Blacksmithing workshop cession.
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Alexandra Mihailciuc
(registration deadline : 20th of May)

Vila Golescu
24-27 May
Open house and guided Golescu family and the landscape design and nature and workshop dedicated. Discovery of the park and its beautifull trees.
24 May: 10h00-12h00 / 14h00-19h00
26-27 May: 11h00-19h00
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Andreea Savescu
0728 16 99 70

The Costa – Foru Mansion
25 – 27 May
1 – 3 June
Bucharest. Exhibition in one of Bucharest’s emblematic manors about inter-war architect Emil Prager; concerts, performances, conferences and wine tasting in a place dedicated to contemporary arts, reestablishing the role that the house had in Bucharest many decades ago.
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Alina Catrinoiu

Manuc’s Inn
1 – 3 June
Bucharest, Old Town. With a rich history of over two centuries, Manuc’s Inn was a silent witness for some of the key events that left a mark in the Romanian history. The Inn is still a vibrant rendez-vous place for travellers and locals.
Guided tour: guests are welcome to visit the inn that today hosts restaurants with traditional cuisine and coffee shops.
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Cantacuzino Estate & Little Trianon Palace in Florești
1 -3 June
During 3 days, the estate will host an international equestrian festival: Karpatia Pony Show. The schedule contains an international universitary concours complet competition. 150 hectares of joyful activities for all the family: equestrian stunts, movie horses, creative shops, traditional & street food area.
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Ion Ghica Estate & Mansion at Ghergani
1 – 3 June
The Estate will be open for visitors between 1st – 3rd of June, free to visit the estate and the family chapel and also to see the exibition “The Forgotten Monuments” .
On 2nd of June the garden will host guided tours and the Duo Kitharsis concerto that will start at 5 p.m.
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Neamțu/ Cornoiu House in Curtișoara
1 – 3 June
The house is near the Popular Architecture Museum of Gorj County, in Bumbești – Jiu city and it’s one of the most beautiful historic house in this region. The owners are waiting for the guests to visit the 18th century emblematic house of Romanian traditional style with a rich schedule: building a collective wood installation with traditional and modern tools, evening cinema projection about The Heritage People, traditional gastronomy, happenings and jam session party under the stars.

Our partners from the Castle in Transylvania Coalition is joining the European Private Heritage Week by organizing the special event PIKNIK – Open Castles Week.
Each castle awaits you with a special program, there will be activities for kids (storytelling corner, giant coloring book, treasure hunt etc.), craft activities and fairs, concerts, dance shows, exhibitions and many other activities. There will be a common event at each location as well: we invite all families to a potluck picnic, where all the goodies you bring from home will be collected on long, white tables, and then served all together.
Official website:
Facebook event:
Rákóczy-Bánffy Castle – Gilău
26 May
The castle, which is occasionally open to the public, will host mother-child activities based on folklore and puppets
Handmade workshops using recyclable materials, which aim to develop an eco-friendly attitude in children.
The castle will also organize interactive storytelling, storycards,
handmade fairs, Potluck picnic for families
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Casa Ratiu
24-27 May
Open tasting of Transylvanian Cuisine in a historical setting.
We offer menus from 15th Transylvanian dishes of the region.
Flavours of local producers and a visit to the local market.
We will give the visitors receipts and history!
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Pamela Ratiu

Kornis Castle – Mănăstirea
24 May
On the 24th of May the castle will host: guided tour of the castle, competitions organized by the Scout Group of Gherla, folk dances (Téka Foundation, Gherla), handmade workshops, football games
chill zone, cooking competition, potluck picnic for families
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Kemény Castle – Brâncovenești
26 May
On the 26th of May the castle will host guided tours, giant coloring book, violin concerto, folk dances, exhibition of painters from Târgu Mureș, Potluck picnic for families
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Urmánczy Castle – Toplița
27 May
On the 27 of May the castle will host guided tours of the castle
handmade workshops, outdoor activities for children (face painting, giant coloring book, soap bubbles, playing with animals), open house, Potluck picnic for families, treasure hunt
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Mikes Castle – Zăbala
26 – 27 May
On the 26th and 27th of May the castle will host treasure hunt, giant coloring book, violin concerto, exhibition of paper model castles and Potluck picnic for families
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Kálnoky Castle – Micloșoara
26 May
On the 26th of May the castle will host, treasure hunt,
pony and cart riding, Open house, Folk dances, exhibition of tin soldiers, and Potluck picnic for families
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Alma Vii Fortified Church
1 – 3 June
Visitors are invited to discover the stunning landscape, the village and the fortifications that host an interactive exhibition about the Transylvanian Saxons way of being.
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Simona Iacob +40269 862 552

Breb 333 House in Maramureș
3 -5 June
People in Maramureș love wood since centuries. They craft most of their objects to be used in the house around the house from wood. And then this is why their beautiful gates and fences, their famous wooden churches are part of UNESCO heritage. Breb 333 is such a traditional wooden house from Maramureș and is more than 100 years old.
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Sinziana Petreus +40 756 792 013


Parc Samà
09-10 June
The great festival of modernism and the “indianos”
Parc Samà wants to celebrate the important heritage of those “indianos” who with their fortune raised the main modernist buildings in Catalonia. One of the best examples is the work of Josep Fonseré, main architect of the park. But Modernism was not just an architectural, but also artistic movement; it was an artistic renewal, shaped by a new aesthetic based primarily on nature.

The event aims to link three essentials concepts of Parc Samà: Modernisme, Indianos and Nature; through a celebration that combines actors and visitors wearing white dresses, concerts of “havaneres”, exhibitions, games and guided visits.

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Mas Cals de Fitor
24-27 May
Group visits to the millenary house, and the 14th century ice well (11.00 and 17.00)

Lunch and dinner in the house as in the old days at €15/pax.
(Reservation needed – 13.00-15.00 & 19.00-21.00)

Exhibition by artist Juan Righetti on creative recovery of glass bottles (10.00-21.00)

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Jordi Cuevas – Teresa Ato
+34 972196060

Castell de Riudabella
26-27 May
Private visit to the castle carried out by the owner, about one hour long. As farewell, a glass of white wine ¨Castell de Riudabella¨.

Please reserve at +34606464890 or

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Martina Scheper

Jardins el Roquer
25 May
Guided tour of the gardens and house of Jardins el Roquer with Mireia Teixeido, botanic specialist at Jarditours, followed by a lunch in the gardens.
(Guided tour: 15€ / Lunch: 20€)
Reservation: |
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Dolores Garolera
+34 609 447 720

Mariona Bofill Miralbell
+34 698 299 136


Kuca Petronijevica
24-27 May
Exhibition & workshops on education in the 20th century.

The House of Jevrem Grujic
21-27 May
21 May Visit of groups of children & Art Academies students
22 May Guided tours for young people and adults with special needs
23 May Round table ‘The vision of European culture and heritage projected in the present and in the future’
24 May Opening night of a theatrical play by Vjera Mujovic
25 May Piano concert by Jasmina Jankovic
26 May Display of recently restored masterpieces from the private collection
27 May Reception for the people who contributed to the success of the house’s activities and Award ceremony for the people who gave the most support to the House of Jevrem Grujic Museum

Veljkovic House
24-26 May
24 May 10h00 Presentation of the Conservation Institute of Cultural Heritage of Belgrade of the project ‘Heritage for children’ in presence of the school children from the ‘Petar Petrovic Njiegos’ school
24 May 14h00 Masterclass of the chorale workshop of Ms Biljqna Krwtic
26 May 14h00 The school ‘V.Ribnicar’ will take part in the programme ‘Once upon a garden’ (‘Il était une fois un jardin’)
26 May 16h00 Special programme for young people on theme ‘History of a family: from the first uprising against the Ottoman Empire (1904) until the end of the XIXth century’


Accross Switzerland
26-27 May
In Switzerland, our Association Domus Antiqua Helvetica has done a great job with 84 houses open to the public on May 26 and 27!


Eastnor Castle
24 May
Special opening of Castle (normally unseen bedrooms), village attractions: Land Rover Experience, blacksmith’s shop, Norton Armoury, Roger Oates Design studio and Clenchers’ Mill
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James Hervey-Bathurst

Iford Manor
24-28 May
Talks on the theme of the garden organized in the conservatory each day at 12.00 (free of charge for the people who visit the garden)
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William Cartwright-Hignett