Frýdlant Castle

Frýdlant, Czech Republic

Frýdlant castle complex consists of the Gothic castle with a high tower and a Renaissance château. There are exhibits, such as of Albrecht von Wallenstein, the Thirty Years' War, and an armoury of 1,000 weapons used for military and hunting. The castle includes the Chapel of Saint Anne, the Knights' Hall, rooms for the count and countess, and a working kitchen.

In the 13th century the castle was held by the Ronovci family until the middle of the century when Častolov of Ronov was forced to return the castle and other properties to King Ottokar II. The first written mention of Frýdlant is from 1278, when Rudolf of Bieberstein, purchased the castle and surrounding land from the king.

Frydlant castle and town went to Emperor Ferdinand I when Christopher, the last of the line of the Birbsteins, died in 1551. The castle went into the Redern family when Bedřich bought it in 1558. Several new villages were established and the production of linen cloth resulted in an economic boom during the initial years of the Redern family. Marco Spazzio di Lancio, an Italian architect hired by the family, expanded the castle in the 16th century.

At the end of the Thirty Years' War, the castle was possessed by the Swedes. They constructed fortified barbicans and strengthened the defensive walls.

In 1800 or 1801, the Clam-Gallas family opened the castle to the public as a museum.


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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Czech Republic

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Dominika Baczyńska (11 months ago)
On-time Tour guide, visitor-friendly, approachable and insightful. Lovely customer experience. Pałace itself very well taken care of. Attention to detail in renovating and decorations. One can even enjoy fresh flowers indoors. Very recommendable visit!
Michał Kochanowski (2 years ago)
Very nice and we'll preserved castle and the palace. Although I think it's too much business on selling two separate tours of the object for around ,180czk each. Could be a bit more but 2 tours in one and maybe not as detailed. Very nice views.
ewelina b-u (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle and sourrondings. We have not entered the castle rooms as we have a dog but it is worth to see even without that:) entrance to the main square and sourroindings for free, even with a dog. It is a short walk, about 15 mins from the city center.
Bartek Jaszkul (2 years ago)
Amazing place, best castle as far as I know with real stuff inside
TheEvdriver (2 years ago)
Friedland. We are greeted by a free car park and after just a few minutes' walk uphill we are at the ticket office of the castle, which is built imposingly on the rock. We choose the historical castle tour in Polish. Here you are very close to the border triangle of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, which is why many Poles spend their holidays here. I don't care if I don't understand Czech or Polish, because I get my reading text in German. The castle with the characteristic 60 m high tower was built in the 13th century and was initially owned by the Raden family. It was she who had a Renaissance castle built in the 16th century. It was decorated with amazing sgraffitos that were rediscovered in the 1960s. With the failure of the uprising in 1621, the family lost their estates and the new owner became Wallenstein, who was now also called Duke of Frydland. However, he rarely visited the castle. Nevertheless, it became very popular as "Wallenstein's Castle", so that it was opened to the public in 1801 by the then owner Count Clam-Gallas. It is one of the oldest castle museums in the Czech Republic and is richly furnished with beautiful and authentic furniture in good condition.
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