If you stay in Ústí nad Labem or its surroundings, you can not miss the dominant feature of the city - Střekov Castle. It is one of our best-preserved ruins and with its romantic appearance it has become an inspiration for many Czech and foreign artists. It rises proudly on a large rock high above the river Elbe. A visit to this castle will leave an unforgettable impression on you. The demolished fortifications will show you how large and massive the building was. The main function of the castle was to guard the Elbe trade route.
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Interesting facts Střekov (ruins)
You will walk in Střekov
The castle grounds are relatively large and the individual parts are located at different heights. From the castle grounds you get to the gate and enter the castle grounds. Here you will see the Knight's Hall and begin to climb to the very core of the castle. You can see the rest of the main palace, chapel, another palace and a cylindrical tower. From there, a drawbridge led to the highest part of the castle, the citadel. From all places there is a wonderful view of the Elbe valley. In the individual buildings you can see the exposition and the history of the castle, the exposition of the law of suffering and other exhibitions.
The castle was built as a customs station
If you like the historical period of the reign of the Přemyslids and the Luxemburgs, Střekov Castle will surely impress you with its history. It was established on behalf of John of Luxembourg and was to serve as a guard and customs station. At that time, the first part of the later appearance of the castle was created, the so-called Great Building. The castle then became the property of the Vartenberks and the owners began to change. At the end of the 16th century, the lords of Střekov became the Lobkowicz family and their property is still owned today. The last inhabitants left the castle at the end of the 17th century, in the 19th century it was restored and visited by many romantic creators and thinkers such as J. W. Goethe, R. Wagner, K. May or K. H. Mácha.
Romance has accompanied the castle since its foundation
Let the castle's legends be told during a tour of the castle - from the founding of the castle by Bishop Střek to the legend of the castle lord's daughter, who ended her life by jumping off a rock before marrying a forced suitor. Her hair is said to have caught on the rock, and in these places a golden rock rock grows, reminiscent of this unfortunate love. The romantic ruin can tell you other secrets - just listen carefully.
Author: Helena Syslová