The Gutštejn castle is situated on the rock-bound pomontory over the stream Hadovka by Okrouhlé Hradiště in the Tachov district. The castle was founded around 1300 as a manor house of Lords of Gutštejn.
In 1489 died Burian The Rich, which had been highest chancellor of the Bohemia kingdom. Later his sons rebelled again the czech king and became famous in Bohemia and Bavaria as thieves and marauders. At that time the castle Gutštejn was used as a prison for captivated and kidnapped gentry.
Lords of Gutštejn owned the castle until 1549, when the castle was bought by Hanuš Elpognar of Bezdružice. In 1550s is the castle Gutštejn mentioned as deserted, after the 30years war it became a ruin.
The perimeter walls on the north, west and east side remind us the oldest history od the Gutštejn castle. The round corner tower is from the second half of the 14th century.References:
The Château de Foix dominates the town of Foix. An important tourist site, it is known as a centre of the Cathars. Built on an older 7th-century fortification, the castle is known from 987. In 1002, it was mentioned in the will of Roger I, Count of Carcassonne, who bequeathed the fortress to his youngest child, Bernard. In effect, the family ruling over the region were installed here which allowed them to control access to the upper Ariège valley and to keep surveillance from this strategic point over the lower land, protected behind impregnable walls.
In 1034, the castle became capital of the County of Foix and played a decisive role in medieval military history. During the two following centuries, the castle was home to Counts with shining personalities who became the soul of the Occitan resistance during the crusade against the Albigensians.