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The historic Český Krumlov Castle in the Czech Republic, was built in the mid-13th century by the powerful Rosenberg family. It is a huge complex with forty buildings and palaces, five castle courts, a large garden, and a bridge over a deep gap in the rock upon which the castle is built. There is a moat between the first and the second courtyards where the Rosenberg family kept bears, a tradition that has been kept alive by the castle’s successive owners till today.
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Every year at Christmas and on the bears' birthdays the castle operators organize bear festivals during which the moat is decorated and presents and food are given to the bears.