The jewel and the symbol of the Czech Paradise
The picturesque area called The Czech Paradise is dominated by the remarkable ruin of Trosky Castle. The castle was built on a volcanic basalt rock reaching the height of 488 meters above the sea level. The castle has two towers, the eastern one is called The Virgin and the western one The Crone.
The castle was founded by the knight Cenek of Vartenberg at the end of the 14th century as a beautiful and impregnable residence. After Cenek's death the castle became the property of the king Wenceslas IV, who later sold it to Otta of Bergov. In 1438 the castle fell in the hands of robber barons Sof of Helfenburg and Svejkar. For three years the castle was vainly besieged by the army of the land, sent against those brigands. The tale says that the defenders were supplied by a secret tunnel under the castle. After the robber barons left, the castle several times changed the owner and by the end of the Thirty-year War burnt up. In 1820 the Wallensteins sold the castle to the count Alpis Lexa of Ahrental. This by romanticism influenced gentleman intended to build an outlook in the tower of Virgin and started with the erection of towering staircase. When it reached in 1841 the crest of the tower, the count died and the work ceased. The observation platform offers a grand view not only of the Czech Paradise area, but also of more distant mountain ranges, even of Prague landmarks.
At present the castle in the property of the Czech state is under restoration. The castle and the observation platform are open to public.
The Czech Paradise
The landscape of the Czech Paradise is renowned for its variety, offering also various recreations.
The scenic landscape dominated by castles and ruins with lots of beautiful forrests, rock formations and natural bathing places offers ideal conditions for hikers and bikers . Other activities - tennis, golf, horse riding, fishing, cave excursions, air sightseeing - are also available.
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