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Kasperk Castle, Kasperske Hory

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Kašperk Castle is a medieval castle placed in southwestern Bohemia (modern Czech Republic, former Crown of Bohemia). It is said to be the most highly located royal castle in Bohemia (its elevation is 886 metres above sea level). The castle is in property of the Town of Kašperské Hory since 1616.HistoryKašperk Castle was founded in 1356 by Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia Charles IV to protect Czech borders. Historians and scholars believe the castle was built, primarily, for three reasons. The first was about security. Bohemia needed to bolster their border defense against Bavaria. Secondly, the castle's location was chosen so as to allow for absolute control over the gold-rich region near Kašperské Hory. The third reason for building Kašperk Castle was because Kašperk lay in the path of the "Golden Route," a trade route that connected Bohemia and Bavaria to the affluent areas of western Europe.A royal castle in name and status, the Kašperk Castle, however, had no royal occupant. The castle was given over to the king's pledge holders. Along with the castle, the occupant of the Kašperk castle also received from the king the authority over administrative and judicial matters in the region of Prácheň, which encompassed a significant part of southwestern Bohemia.The Kašperk Castle's first pledge holders were the second archbishop of Prague and the first Czech cardinal, Jan Očko of Vlašim. From 1411–1454 Kašperk Castle was in the hands of the house of Zmrzlík of Svojšín and Orlík. The father and son of this house, both named Peter, oversaw a relatively peaceful time in the castle's history. Peter, the father,was a royal moneyer. He and his son were followers of Utraquism, which was also endorsed by the Hussite. It was this allegiance of the Peters that the Hussites never attacked the castle. The younger Peter, on the other hand, made numerous raids on the neighboring catholic Bavaria.
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  • Our family really enjoyed the walk up to the castle and the castle itself. They offer tours in multiple languages. The trip makes for a nice afternoon in the mountains.  more »
  • I'm a bit of a history nut and I love the castles in the Czech Republic, Many are very well preserved. I really enjoy the Castles such as Hrad Kasperk that involve a hike instead of just driving up. M...  more »
  • while being there couple times this place still amaze me for its historical spirit. Do not buy / drink hot chocolate from kiosk - terrible price for terrible taste - brrrrrr......  more »
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  • A nice ruin. Great staff. Very nice Easter activities.
  • Highest castle in the Czech Republic. Looks amazing in the winter covered in snow. You can get a tour or watch a play acted in period costumes. Breathtaking views from the highest tower.
  • The guided tour takes about 1 hour - a great place to visit.
  • Offers excursions all year round with live historic performances and other themed events. There is also options for good food and drinks with a beautiful view
  • Nice guided tour, beutifull castle and view from tower.