Kost Castle is is privately owned by Kinský dal Borgo noble family. It was first proposed by Beneš von Wartenberg in 1349 as a possible construction site and was completed by his son Peter von Wartenberg. It retains most of the original features and is overall very well preserved and maintained.

The castle is known for its so-called 'White tower'. In about 1414 the family of Zajíc von Hasenburg moved there; later the family of Schellenberg (1497 - 1524), Lobkowicz (till 1576) and others; in this time some more buildings were built near the castle and joined to it.

Unlike most other castles in Bohemia, it does not lie on a hill, but on a spit between two brooks. Another peculiarity is the tower, which has a trapezoid-like ground-plan. The trapezoidal tower has the corners facing the areas of most likely catapult attacks. This is to make the missiles glance off the tower walls instead of hitting it headon thereby minimizing the damage.

The castle is open to the public and hosts events and exhibitions.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Czech Republic

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hrad-kost.cz
en.wikipedia.org

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Vojtěch K (2 years ago)
Not much to see than the castle itself. The guide explains the whole place in a very interesting manner though, there are also some events happening here and there that are worthwhile.
s p (3 years ago)
Amazing place to visit. Check great escapes at @topgreatescapes
Roman Galeev (3 years ago)
A very interesting fortress with nice views and very pleasant restaurant next to it.
David Kristek (3 years ago)
Awesome castle settled in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. However, I'd argue the best thing there is the huge area consisting of various open space "restaurants", serving huge selection of food. Predominantly meat based, but in almost any shape and form.
Martin Palecek (3 years ago)
Beautiful medieval castle. You can visit it, walking around or get some refreshments. I love this place!!
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