Kynzvart Castle Ruins

Lázně Kynžvart , Czech Republic

Kynžvart was once significant castle, located at one of the highest elevations on the territory of the Czech Republic (827 m), used to stand near the famous Kynžvart Chateau of Austrian Chancellor Metternich. Its original name was Königswart (Royal Guard) as it was built as a border stronghold of the kingdom in the 13th century. The castle frequently changed its owners and it even served as a hideaway for thieves in the 14th century. The last owners were the Metternichs who did not repair the castle after it had been plundered by the Swedish army. Instead they used the ruins as building material for the construction of Kynžvart Chateau.

Today, remnants of the castle walls, the castle moat and the foundations of outbuildings are visible. You may enjoy a pleasant outing by walking to the castle ruins up the marked tourist path from Lázně Kynžvart.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Czech Republic

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Jack Lev (8 months ago)
You can't officially get to the castle... the ruins, but the path to it offers several fairy tales for children and wooden sculptures. It's a shame that at the end of the journey everything is destroyed and left to its own fate, otherwise I would recommend it. The path can be more difficult in certain places, I definitely recommend it for children 6+.
Peawy Peawy (2 years ago)
Great castle with an interesting history! Worth to visit the castle inside! With to work around!
Petr Pauly (3 years ago)
The ruins of Kynžvart Castle are freely accessible. It is best to park by car at the cemetery, but expect a large climb. The ruins have preserved perimeter walls, a tower and part of the palace. It's worth the hike. Along the way, we read about local ghosts on the nature trail boards. But we didn't go through it all.
Tomas Görges (3 years ago)
Nice place, it's just a pity that there isn't much left of the castle and in a few years it will probably fall apart completely. The stones from it were used to build the chateau in Lázně Kynžvart, and what is left is only falling into disrepair. There are signs around the entire ruin, which warn of the danger of falling masonry, so be careful especially to your children so that they do not get closer, it is not worth an accident.
Michelle Agulilla (4 years ago)
* Very nice ruins of Kynžvart castle * on the way along the yellow, you can see carved fairy-tale creatures with a short story;) * the way directly to the castle (last 100m) already has a much heavier terrain, but it is still worth taking a dip and in the "center" of the castle to sit or have a snack * the surrounding forests are really fairytale
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