Czech Republic
Valdstejn Castle

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. Read more

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Situated in the heart of Bohemian Paradise, a designated UNESCO Geopark, Valdštejn Castle exudes the mystery and charm that one expects from a medieval fortress. Built in the early 13th century by the powerful Wallenstein family, the castle was one of the first fortresses of its kind in the region. Today, it is a semi-ruined spectacle, with nature subtly reclaiming the stonework.
The castle complex comprises an old Gothic palace, several courtyards, and a chapel with captivating frescoes. A dramatic stone bridge connecting the fortress to the nearby cliffs is one of its most photographed features. Many people believe the site is haunted, adding an extra layer of allure for those with a taste for the supernatural.
The area surrounding Valdštejn Castle is equally enchanting, featuring remarkable sandstone rock formations and dense forests, making it a popular location for hiking, rock climbing, and bird-watching. Whether you're a history buff, an outdoor enthusiast, or simply a lover of beautiful places, Valdštejn Castle offers an unforgettable experience.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Valdstejn Castle

The Stone Bridge

An architectural marvel that connects the castle to the cliffs, providing spectacular views of the forest below.

Castle Chapel

The chapel inside the castle features well-preserved frescoes and offers a glimpse into the religious practices of the medieval period.

Courtyards

Several courtyards within the castle complex serve as quiet retreats, often hosting open-air exhibitions or performances.

Hrubá Skála

Another nearby castle that is now a luxury hotel, set amidst stunning rock formations.

Sandstone Rock Formations

The castle is surrounded by unique and striking rock formations, which are popular for rock climbing.

Lookout Points

Various vantage points around the castle offer panoramic views of the Bohemian Paradise region.

Hiking Trails

Numerous trails around the castle lead you through the lush forests of the Bohemian Paradise.

Bohemian Glass Museum

Located a short drive away, this museum offers insight into the Czech Republic's renowned glass-making history.

The Town of Turnov

Known for its gem-cutting and goldsmithing history, a perfect place for souvenir shopping.

Prachov Rocks

A cluster of sandstone formations featuring trails and viewpoints, often considered a hiker’s paradise.

What else to visit
In and around Valdstejn Castle

Abbey Waldsassen (18.93 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.

Loket castle (28.15 km)

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

Karlovy Vary (36.76 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.

Flossenburg concentration camp (48.14 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.

Rozvadov (59.75 km)

Rozvadov, a quaint little town on the Czech-German border, is widely known for one thing – poker. This seemingly unassuming locale houses one of Europe's largest poker venues, making it an intriguing destination for enthusiasts of the game.

Bayreuth (62.22 km)

Bayreuth, a city wrapped in baroque beauty and rich musical heritage, beckons visitors to explore the realm where composer Richard Wagner's legacy thrives amidst architectural splendors.

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