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Kost, Sobotka

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Kost Castle is located in the Jičín District of the Czech Republic.

Kost Castle lies in Northern Bohemia, specifically the region Bohemian Paradise (Český Ráj) and is privately owned by Kinský dal Borgo noble family

It was founded by Beneš von Wartenberg before 1349 as a possible construction site and was completed by his sons Peter and Marquard von Wartenberg in a high gothic style. It retains most of the original features and is overall very well preserved and maintained.

The castle is known for its donjon, so-called "White tower" (Bílá Věž), protected by two circles of fortress walls. In 1414 the family of Zajíc von Hasenburg moved there, because Nicolaus von Hasenburg married Skunka, a widow after Peter von Wartenberg. Later the castle was owned by families of Schellenberg (1497–1524), Biberstein (1524-1551), Lobkowicz (till 1576) and others. During centuries some more buildings were built near the castle and joined to it.

Unlike most other castles in Bohemia, it does not lie on a hill, but on a spit between two brooks. Another peculiarity is the tower, which has a trapezoid-like ground-plan. The trapezoidal tower has the corners facing the areas of most likely catapult attacks. This is to make the missiles glance off the tower walls instead of hitting it head on, thereby minimizing damage.
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  • During the summer I visit this castle every week with my clients. Castle is very well preserved and shows how people lived in Middle Age. Interiors are interesting and well preserved too. Staff is...  more »
  • Perfect place to visit with children any age. Live entertainment through out the day. Great food from the grill right under the castle.  more »
  • Great castle. Excellent for kids. They have a tour with princess. Short, but our 3yo daughter loved it. In Czech language only.
  • Beautiful and well preserved castle. Very friendly service with multiple language variants so there's no worry that somebody wouldn't understand. Nice view from the castle especially on "Plakankovo udoli,,. There's good amount of tours, one is special - tour with princess which I think would be good with kids. Me with my family really enjoyed it.
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