Potstejn Castle

Potštejn, Czech Republic

The first written mention of the castle of Potštejn is from the late 13th century. The castle was conquered only once in history, in 1339 by Charles IV before he became king. The village below the castle was first mentioned in 1350. The golden times of the castle were after 1495, when it was bought by Vilém II of Pernštejn, who had rebuilt it.

In the 17th century, economic decline came, the castle fell into disrepair, and the entire Potštejn went bankrupt. In 1746, the estate was bought by the nobleman Jan Ludvík Harbuval Chamaré, who had built here a château. After the House of Chamaré died out in the mid-19th century, Potštejn was acquired by marriage by the Dobřenský of Dobřenice family. They owned it until 1945, when their properties were confiscated.


Your name


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


4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Justina Pluktaite (3 years ago)
Nice place to have a nice walk up to hill to the castle. There was a nice guided tour in Czech language. We needed to hurry as there was a wedding planned after. Beautiful views, interesting story behind all the left parts of the castle. Plan some hike around and go for some brewery.
steve myhill (5 years ago)
Nice castle ruins, you can only access with a guide but it's cheap and interesting, good couple of hours wasted ?
Joe S (5 years ago)
Very cool ruins. Be ready for a hike, its a little steep... but totally worth it.
Ian Wiebkin (7 years ago)
Totally surprising. It looks like a complete ruin from the valley, but a lot of buildings are still intact or renovated. An interesting tour with a good information sheet in English and other languages. There's a small snack bar open if you have to wait for the next tour and the staff were very pleasant. Absolutely worth visiting.
Jeff Pohlman (7 years ago)
Great castle ruins. I've been here 3 times in 14 years so I've seen the progression, they've come a long way on restoring it. Nice tour and history of the castle and area.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Doune Castle

Doune Castle was originally built in the thirteenth century, then probably damaged in the Scottish Wars of Independence, before being rebuilt in its present form in the late 14th century by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany (c. 1340–1420), the son of King Robert II of Scots, and Regent of Scotland from 1388 until his death. Duke Robert"s stronghold has survived relatively unchanged and complete, and the whole castle was traditionally thought of as the result of a single period of construction at this time. The castle passed to the crown in 1425, when Albany"s son was executed, and was used as a royal hunting lodge and dower house.

In the later 16th century, Doune became the property of the Earls of Moray. The castle saw military action during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms and Glencairn"s rising in the mid-17th century, and during the Jacobite risings of the late 17th century and 18th century.