Tolstejn Castle Ruins

Varnsdorf, Czech Republic

The Tolštejn Castle (now reduced to ruins) was built in 1278 as part of the Zittau region's defense structure. George of Poděbrady ordered the castle to be seized shortly after the Hussite Wars and after many conflicts, the Tolštejn dominion was taken by 1471 by two Saxon princes, Ernest and Albrecht. During the Thirty Years War, the army of the Austrian Emperor occupied the castle. In 1607, the Swedish General Wrangel laid siege and burned down the castle.

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Founded: 1278
Category: Castles and fortifications in Czech Republic

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balraj melepat (5 months ago)
The pictures I shared are on the way to this place ,such a beautiful place and very friendly people. You can camp inside the forest.
Jeff Rubinoff (13 months ago)
Very nice view and a good little pub with decent food and excellent beer.
Elliot Jalley (2 years ago)
Nice walk up and around the castle. Good views from the top and there's a year round restaurant with limited space. Worth the trip.
Michal Hrcka (2 years ago)
Castle ruins with nice view. There is also restaurant with average food.
Zdeněk Adámek (2 years ago)
Krásná vyhlídka i hradní restaurace, pěkně upravený přístup.
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