82 Castles and chateaux
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To"ník
and ,ebrák
Reason to visit
The ruins of two closely neighbouring
medieval castles – the best-preserved
pair of castles in the Czech Republic –
are the dominant feature of the deep
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Of historical interest
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from the 13th century by Czech nobles
and kings. Emperor Charles IV stopped
here frequently on his journeys out
into the world. A lot of time was also
spent here by his successor, Václav IV,
an avid hunter who brought his large
hunting parties here. After a devastating
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a neighbouring hill. For its time, the
comfortable new castle with two
palaces represented unprecedented
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who reigned over ten countries.
This is recalled by the entrance gate with
their coats of arms, including a favourite
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in a twisted veil.
Unguided tours are very frequently
enhanced by various celebrations,
medieval markets, music festivals
and fencing duels.
To"ník: V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
III, IV and X weekends and public
holidays; ,ebrák: VII and VIII daily,
IV–IV and IX weekends and public
holidays.
Hrady To"ník a ,ebrák
267 51 Zdice
Trosky
Reason to visit
The two towers of this ruined Gothic
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Bába and Panna (Granny and Maiden),
and they stand against the horizon
as the symbol of the region known
as Bohemian Paradise. In turn, they
offer stunning views of this spectacular
landscape. After the Thirty Years’
War, the abandoned castle gradually
crumbled into picturesque ruins, which
to this day are loved by poets, painters,
photographers and all romantics at heart.
Of historical interest
Building the castle on two steep volcanic
peaks made it an impregnable fortress,
which remained unconquerable even
during the wild Hussite Wars. As extra
insurance, under the castle there
are said to be vast cellars and escape
routes in the surrounding maze
of sandstone rocks and underground
caves. This was once used by 200 robber
barons, who had taken the castle with
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of land troops, even though they were
greatly outnumbered.
On an independent tour, you can
admire not only the distant views
from the top of the tower Bába,
but also the restoration work which
is uncovering the sophisticated
technical design of the castle.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public
holidays.
Státní hrad Trosky
512 63 Rovensko pod Troskami
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