Blansko castle, likely built in 1431 but first mentioned in a reliable source in 1532. Currently the site of the Blansko Museum. The following exhibitions are permanent: Moravian Karst, The Oldest Ironworks, Ironworking in the 19th and 20th century, the castle's history and the history of Blansko in relation to developing improved measurement devices. There are also exhibitions, cultural events and music concerts held on a regular basis.

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Founded: 1431
Category: Castles and fortifications in Czech Republic

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Lucy Sedláková (18 months ago)
Je hezké že se tam dá sednout, hned poblíž máte banky, obchody s oblečením i potřebami, nějaký ty chuťovky :)
Jindřiška Klimešová (20 months ago)
Náměstí republiky se mi líbí. Dá se tady odpočinout na lavičce a stromky v létě dají trochu stínu.
Dr. Michal Hrubý (20 months ago)
Pěkné místo na posezení, jen chybí nějaké přírodní prvky.
Veronika Naňáková (21 months ago)
myslím,že do Blanska se za zážitkem už nikdy nepodívám,toto město mě nijak nenatchlo..
Oldřich Vencl (2 years ago)
Ok
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