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Zamek Zbiroh, Czech Republic

From series “Amazing Ancient Fortresses Preserved to This Day”
Year: 1230.

Among the oldest castles in the Czech Republic, one must definitely mention the 13th-century Zbiroh Castle. Literally his name is translated by the Czech as 'collecting the horns'. The history of the castle is incredibly interesting. A legend tells that its founder was the hunter Zbynek Zaits. In the 13th century he lived in this area with his entourage. After sunset the hunters have climbed up to the top of the hill where they have stayed. In the morning they discovered the huge number of deer horns all around.

The hunter built the castle in this place and kept it secrets for centuries. After the other legend, the secret rituals of the Freemason Lodge were performed here. For the first time, the castle was mentioned in 1230. Among his owners there were many outstanding kings, like Ottokar II Přemysl. In the 17th century the old castle belonged to the imperial court and served as a prison for the mostly elevated prisoners.

The last major reconstruction of the castle ended in 2004. After that, Zbiroh Castle was open to the tourists. It is remarkable that the Freemason Lodge also nowadays uses the castle for the most important rituals. On certain days, access to the locksmith's court is forbidden for unauthorized persons. Another interesting feature is the old fountain, situated on the Schlossterritorium, whose depth is 163 meters. It is the deepest fountain in Europe. Some researchers say that on its ground the amber room is hidden. To the beginning - Kisimul Castle

Zamek Zbiroh - interactive map

Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Komerční banka, bankomat' located in 0.75 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'AUTOPŮJČOVNA GO' is located in 18 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Pap Oil' in 4 km
Supermarket: 'Potraviny Severka' in 0.55 km
Parking: 'Albert Československé armády' in 25 km
Apotheek: 'Lékárna U Černého orla' in 10 km
Police station: 'Obvodní Oddělení Zbiroh' in 0.54 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Restaurace Lidový dům' in 0.52 km
Railway station: 'Zbiroh' in 3.32 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Ruzyne Airport PRG - in 45 km
 »  Karlovy Vary Airport KLV - in 71 km
 »  Klotzsche Airport DRS - in 141 km
 »  Pardubice Airport PED - in 142 km
 »  Hof Plauen Airport HOQ - in 143 km
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Chateau Zbiroh

Located in 0 km from Zamek Zbiroh
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Rooms: 52
A selection of fine wines is offered at the castle's wine cellars. The restaurant, set in a mediaeval tavern, features traditional Czech dishes. … More: photo, rates and booking
Penzion Výhledy na Brdy

Located in 7 km from Zamek Zbiroh
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Rooms: 3
All units enjoy scenic views and are equipped with a TV, a well-appointed kitchen or kitchenette, and a private bathroom with a shower. Some have a … More: photo, rates and booking
Penzion Villa

Located in 9 km from Zamek Zbiroh
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Rooms: 5
Penzion Villa is located in Horovice, 1 km away from the Horovice Castle and 8 km from Zebrak Castle. It is a good base to go cycling. A shared-use … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Zelený Strom

Located in 10 km from Zamek Zbiroh
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Rooms: 30
All rooms come with a seating area, a TV and a bathroom with a shower. They offer views of the courtyard or the city square. Some rooms also provide … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Zamek Zbiroh - Plzen

Except of the legendary brewery Plzen can boast of the great number of unique historical and architectural objects. The start point of the majority of trip programs is the Náměstí Republiky (Republic Square), which became the permanent place of important public events’ realization. There is the Saint Bartholomew cathedral near the square, it is the most important religious sight of the city. Its height is 62 meters, and height of one of the cathedral’s towers is 102,6 meters. There is the observatory desk, where the city is observed clearly.
This the Middle Ages unique monument is one of the most important in the country’s dimensions; the cathedral’s tower has been the highest building in the Czech Republic for many years. In the Plzen’s historical district it is possible to find monuments of different styles and epochs. The veritable pattern of Renaissance style is the town council, it is located in 2 minutes of walking from the cathedral, and it was built in the middle of 16 century. The town council has remained perfectly until our days and almost nothing was changed in its look.

Episcopacy building can be called the most effective monument of Baroque style without any doubts, and great synagogue building was built in original moor-romance style. The great cultural city’s establishment is Brewing Museum, all the city’s guests visit it. Brewing trips are also popular for curious tourists and it will impress people who are even indifferent to beer.
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