Hrad Houska, Houska

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Houska Castle is an early Gothic castle, 47 kilometres (29 mi) north of Prague, in Czechia (Houska 1, 471 62 Doksy). It is one of the best preserved castles of the period. Notable features include a predominantly gothic chapel, green chamber with late-gothic paintings, and knight's drawing room.
Folklore considers that castle to cover one of the gateways to hell, built to prevent demons (trapped in lower levels) from reaching the world.
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  • We were here in may and it was suprisingly interesting visit. The castle is nice and into are pictures from famous czech painter Peter Herel. After visit of the castle you can visit unbelieveble...  more »
  • I visited this castle several times to show visiting friends this interesting and supposedly haunted castle. Last year when I came here, it was truly creepy as it had a room full of "dolls". This...  more »
  • Interesting little castle off the beaten path in the Northern portion of the Czech republic. It has a very interesting back story having been built to close a "gate to hell" and has some attraction for the paranormal (it has even been used by the Nazi SS for some manner of occult activity). It's fully restored and has a Czech language tour ever hour, you can get a pamphlet in about six different languages that covers what is said during the tour. IF YOU'RE INTO THE OCCULT, PARANORMAL, GHOSTS ETC YOU MUST VISIT WHILE IN CZECH REPUBLIC
  • If you nearby and have some spare time, don't hesitate and visit this little hidden castle. It's not a big deal but it has its own charm. Definitely good to go with kids.
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