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Kost, Sobotka

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Kost Castle is a Gothic castle in Libošovice municipality in Jičín District in the Hradec Králové Region of the Czech Republic.

Kost Castle lies in northern Bohemia, specifically the region Bohemian Paradise 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... 
    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. 
    Perfect place to visit with children any age. Live entertainment through out the day. Great food from the grill right under the castle.  more »
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  • We were looking forward to visiting this amazing castle, but unfortunately it is in repair. Still they sold us tickets but we couldn’t go inside and actually haven’t seen anything. It is a pity because we drove all the way from Prague to see it. I am sure it will be back normal in two months. But they should not sell us the tickets..... Check if it’s fully open before you go.
  • Just a few kilometres outside of Prague. Is very nice castle. The entrance is cheap (90 Kč and the tour guide is really interesting) . If you prefer only realx, Don't miss the incredible menu with super grill

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