Hasištejn (Burg Hassenstein) is a ruined medieval castle situated near Kadaň, Klášterec nad Ohří and Chomutov. The castle, first mentioned in Maiestas Carolina, was probably founded by Friedrich of Schönburg to guard the way from Prague to Saxony. The castle was seized by Václav IV of Luxembourg in the early 15th century and given to Nicholas of Lobkowicz.

The most renowned inhabitant of the castle was Bohuslav Hasištejnský z Lobkovic, a poet and traveller who was born in Hassenstein and lived there permanently from 1503 to his death in 1510. He gathered a huge library (comprising more than 650 volumes) in the castle, resulting in many scholars and humanists visiting Hasištejn Castle to borrow his books. Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon were among his visitors.

After Bohuslav's death in 1510, Hasištejn Castle began to fall into disrepair, which was exacerbated when it caught fire in 1560. Although the castle is now a ruin, its tower and walls remain standing to this day. While the castle became state property during the Communist regime, it was returned to the Lobkowicz family after 1989.

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

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Jirka Pauer (17 months ago)
Dobrý den milí přátelé turistiky na pohodu. Hezký celodenní výlet i s menšími dětmi.Možno autobusem cca 30 min z Chomutova do obce Místo, pak malá procházka ze zastávky na hrad... Vstupné 50 kč Občerstvení v recepci na vstupu.. Krásné výhledy do okolí... Hrad je hezky popsán na info cedulích.. Vřele doporučuji Jirka
Paul Heyde (19 months ago)
Looks well, but poorly maintenanced and closed due winter months.
Michal Cerny (2 years ago)
Edcellent ruin with several hidden spot that majority of people will not reveal.
Zdeněk Kučera (2 years ago)
Relax
Creative One (4 years ago)
Interesting medieval castle. It's in ruins, but it's better preserved than most of others in the Czech Republic. The landscape around is also interesting, but it's strongly damaged by a thermal power plant.
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