The Vildštejn castle (Wildstein) in Skalná was founded by the noble family Notthracht towards the end of the 12th century. It was first mentioned in 1224 and stands on a rock protruding from the Soosbach (Sázek) valley. The stream could be dammed earlier, so that the main castle was surrounded by water all around. The oldest parts of the castle, the portal to outer ward, part of the surrounding wall , the gateway to the main castle flanking the keep and the two bullets comprehensive chapel, are the Romanesque style.

In the 14th century at the latest, the construction of one supported on the ground floor with mighty belt arches and on two central pillarsresting cross vault . This Gothic building adjoins the Romanesque chapel to the west, through whose apse the access to the main castle has probably been broken since the 17th century. A room adjacent to the Gothic vault in the south with lancet vaults resting on a central column with belt arches was probably only vaulted in the 17th century when the entire building was increased. The two upper floors were provided with beam ceilings, of which until 1993 essentially only the girder beams had survived. Judging by their profile, the beamed ceilings were pulled in in the 17th century.

After the end of the Second World War , the castle was nationalized and fell into disrepair. It has been privately owned again since 2000. The oldest preserved building in the castle is the Romanesque chapel. Today Wildstein hosts a hotel.



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Paweł K. Bieliszczuk (12 months ago)
Stylish restaurant
Martin Gades (12 months ago)
A scenic place with a lake a few restaurants all in a quiet location. Definitely worth a visit
Ans Albarda Richy Albarda (2 years ago)
Very Nice restaurant, special athmosphere
Tereza Molková (3 years ago)
Lovely little castle from 12 th century. Privately owned and restored. Great place to stay overnight. Where else you can sleep in a castle? :) Very good food and super friendly staff.
Caleboras (3 years ago)
The (partially) restored castle is quite nice to look at. I was not in the local castle restaurant, not even inside the castle. However, there is a side building which stood open and shows in a kind of cellar vault a castle dungeon on the basis of small cells. The neighboring church should definitely be seen as well, it is quite pretty inside.
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