Czech Republic
Loket castle

Perched atop a rocky promontory, surrounded by the meandering Ohře River, Loket Castle appears as if lifted straight from a fairy tale. Read more

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With its formidable medieval architecture and a rich tapestry of history, this castle promises visitors an enthralling journey through the annals of time. Loket Castle, often referred to as the "Key to the Kingdom of Bohemia" because of its strategic location, dates back to the 12th century and has stood witness to a tumultuous history filled with sieges, royal intrigue, and legends. The castle's architecture is a striking blend of Gothic and Romanesque styles, its robust walls hinting at the many battles it has withstood.
As you traverse its ancient corridors, the castle offers insights into various aspects of medieval life. The torture chamber, a testament to the castle's darker past, showcases some of the grim devices used in bygone times. Loket Castle also houses a museum which displays an extensive collection of historical artifacts, ceramics, and glass, providing a tangible connection to the region's rich past.
Not to be outdone by its human history, legends also abound here. One such tale speaks of a dragon that once terrorized the local populace and whose spirit still lingers in the castle's depths.
Set against a backdrop of dense forests and the serene Ohře River, the panoramic views from the castle towers are nothing short of spectacular, giving visitors a bird's eye view of the quaint town of Loket and the surrounding landscape.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Loket Castle

The Castle Keep

The oldest surviving part of the castle, offering splendid views of the surrounding region.

Torture Chamber

A chilling reminder of the castle's grim history, showcasing various torture instruments from the medieval period.

Castle Museum

Discover a vast array of artifacts that depict the history and culture of the Loket region.

Knight's Hall

A grand room where many royal functions and gatherings were held.

St. Wenceslas Chapel

An exquisite chapel adorned with frescoes dedicated to St. Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia.

Porcelain Exhibition

Witness a collection of Bohemian porcelain, showcasing the region's rich ceramic traditions.

Loket Town Square

A short walk from the castle, this square is surrounded by colorful Baroque and Renaissance buildings, offering a slice of the town's vibrant history.

Ghost Tour

For those intrigued by the supernatural, the castle offers ghost tours recounting tales of apparitions and unexplained phenomena.

Nearby Nature Trails

Explore the surrounding forests with their many hiking trails that offer a tranquil respite from history's weight.

Ohře River

Engage in canoeing or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll along this beautiful river that encircles the castle.

What else to visit
In and around Loket castle

Karlovy Vary (9.39 km)

Karlovy Vary, the most famous Czech spa town, abounds in elegant architecture, healing springs and rich history. Discover the beauty of this picturesque town whose charm attracts visitors from all over the world.

Valdstejn Castle (28.15 km)

Valdštejn Castle is a beautiful relic from the 13th century, surrounded by the serene landscapes of the Bohemian Paradise in the Czech Republic. This atmospheric fortress, half-reclaimed by nature, is an enchanting step back into medieval history.

Chyse Castle (36.21 km)

Chyse Castle stands as a captivating blend of history, architectural artistry, and natural beauty. With its imposing façade and well-preserved interiors, this Czech wonder offers an evocative journey through time and culture.

Abbey Waldsassen (38.01 km)

Nestled in the serene Bavarian countryside, Waldsassen Abbey is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and a testament to Germany's rich monastic history. This age-old spiritual retreat beckons visitors with its sublime artistry and tranquil surroundings.

Kladruby Monastery (55.55 km)

Founded in the 12th century, Kladruby Monastery is one of the oldest and most significant monastic institutions in the Czech Republic.

Flossenburg concentration camp (57.66 km)

Stands as a somber testament to the horrors of the Holocaust and the Nazi regime. Today, the site serves as a memorial and educational center, dedicated to honoring the victims and educating the public about the atrocities committed here.

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