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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Zdeněk Adámek (2 months ago)
Krásná vyhlídka i hradní restaurace, pěkně upravený přístup.
Tomas Rachac (2 months ago)
Šli jsme sem na školní výlet a moc se nám tu líbilo. Placení pomocí žetonů je zajímavý a hned jsem ten nápad použil pro ročníkovou práci pro žáky. V restauraci bylo trochu nakouříno :( , ale švestkový koláč byl super.
Lenka Arnoldova (3 months ago)
Nádherné místo se super výhledem. V provozu je i restaurace s milou obsluhou,rozhodně doporučuji navštívit. I teď v zimě a se sněhem
Magdalena Tomančáková (3 months ago)
Krásný výhled a zbytky hradu probouzející touhu se podívat do doby jeho slávy. Malá restaurace pro nenáročné plná pachu z přepáleného tuku. Když je teplo, lze sedět venku na terase. Stojí za navštívení!
Niklas Bertrams (7 months ago)
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