The Czech Republic is dotted with ruined castles. Hidden in forests or standing on hilltops, the wonderful landmarks are a striking reminder of the passage of time. Here are some of the interesting ruins to visit in the Czech Republic.
- Ronov. Tucked away in the forest on a small hill, Ronov is the 14th century ruin which is somewhat secluded. With the forest as a backdrop, this ruin turns out well throughout the year, though autumn would be when it’s at its most picturesque. Because the ruin is located in the beautiful Kokorinsko region you are spoiled for choice as a number of scenic trails lead to Ronov.
- Rabi. In contrast to Zboreny Kostelec, this castle ruin is much more complete. In fact it is the largest ruin in Bohemia. It still possesses most of its original exterior walls, palace and tower, dating from between the 13th century for the central portion and the 15th century for the external fortifications. The sheer size of the structure and the surrounding wooded hills presents lots of opportunities for sweeping panoramas. To get up close though, you will have to pay an admissionwhich can include a guide depending on what part you want to see.
- Okor. Okor is located quite close to Prague, near Kladno. The castle was built in the 14th century on the site of already existing fortifications. Today Okor is an incomplete jigsaw of external walls, a partially collapsed tower and lower battlements.
- Trosky. On the edge of Bohemian Paradise (Cesky raj), north of Prague, stands one of the country’s most iconic ruins. Trosky Castle (trosky means ruins) was built in the fourteenth century. Today only the two towers, known as panna and baba, and the 15m tall battlements running between them remain.