52 Castles and chateaux
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Loket
Reason to visit
The Czech name of the royal castle
and the eponymous town below
the castle date to the Early Middle
Ages, thanks to a graceful meander
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liked to stay here and would alternate
his state duties with hunting in his game
reserves. It is said that while on a hunt
his retinue discovered a hot spring which
healed the king’s ailing leg. At the site
of the miraculous spring he founded
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Of historical interest
Charles IV loved Loket, even though
his royal father had him imprisoned here
with his mother for several months
as a young boy. When he was 3 years
old, he was separated from his mother,
whom he never saw again. Aristocrats
were held in the prison here many
times throughout history, but from
the 18th century until 1949 the castle
served as an ordinary county jail.
The most impressive part
of the tour are places where torture
was practised. In the cells of the four-
storey former prison there are moving
life-sized figures on which various
methods of torture are demonstrated
with a heart-wrenching background
soundtrack.
I–XII daily.
Medieval Festival (VIII).
Zámecká 67
357 33 Loket
Man!tín
Reason to visit
This chateau harmonizes with
an unobtrusive little town into
a exceptional whole, nicknamed
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the leading architects of the Czech High
Baroque to completely restore
his residence here.
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to the sculptures scattered throughout
the town and even lining the main road
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atlantids, and allegories of the elements
and human qualities look down from
their pedestals at the chateau, in the
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they gaze up from the terrace into
the chateau’s windows. This tradition
was started in the late 18th century,
when the local gentry sent a young
stone mason to Prague to learn from
the famous Jan Brokoff.
A tour presents life at the castle
under the La+ansk( family, particularly
Marie Gabriela, who had an unusual
group of 13 paintings made of her
servants.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends.
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