CZ, Kasperk Castle: Unconquerable Residence – VIDEO
Handsome decorating peaks of Sumava is the highest standing royal castle in Bohemia. Kasperk Castle seems unconquerable to many tourists even today when it is not necessary to defend against enemy attacks.
Erratic root below Kasperk
Sumava is larded with infocenters for tourists. The most straight road of more than two kilometers in length to Kasperk Castle runs from the town of Kasperske Hory. Those heading to Kasperk from different places will encounter the most dramatic place several hundred meters below the peak where many tourist markings meet at one place making it confusing which road to take to Kasperk. It is there where mere wayfarers became allies trying to find common goal. It is no coincidence that Kasperk is reached by large groups of people who hardly knew each other an hour ago.
The the who chose the place to build the castle did their homework perfectly. The enemy who got lost in the lower castle did not have enough energy to fight. Many tourists who get lost in the same way then attack stands with local specialties – garlic soup and beer. If the vendors had offered better service, they would even make much better money.
The same divinity has in it a view from Kasperk. In case of bad weather it is not very pleasant to be in Kasperk due to the fact that Kvilda is the coldest place in the country. It is just couple of kilometers and you should watch weather forecast, even in summer.
Kasperk for King Charles IV
Kasperk Castle was built a guarding castle. Soldiers detached there guarded the border with Bavaria, the Golden Route and once rich gold deposits. Even today there are many tunnels to be seen. The road goes from the Kasperske Mountains through the so called Amalin’s valley along the Zlaty Creek. Once it was part of important trade route to Pasov, Bavaria, thus it was guarded heavily. The road was the intention behind Charles IV order to build the castle on the top Zdanov hill in 1356.
Castle Kasperk is not large. Lords resided in the palace and two adjacent towers. Part of the castle is long courtyard used for agriculture. The whole castle is perfectly fortified. First by its long walls, second by difficult terrain. Only ruins remained of Pusty Castle that used to stand on the same peak.
Thanks to continuous work Castle Kasperk is in great condition. Since the new millennium each year something was renovated. Since 1616 the castle is administered by Kasperske Hory town.
On the border of the Šumava Nature Park and the Kochánov Nature Park you can find a village called Javorná next to the main road from Klatovy to Železná Ruda. Stop for a moment at the local church of st. Anna with unique shingle towers or Javorna straight as a great base for walking and cycling around.
The town was founded embraced by the wide valley of the Otava River under the Svatobor ridge as early as the arrival of the Slavs. The wealth of Sušice brought mostly gold panning in the Otava and the Golden Path. But the most famous dry goods are undoubtedly Solo matches. The factory for their production was built in 1839 in the city and operated until 2008.
Are you not sure where to go in the Sumava? In case car is not a option for you, Mount Spicak and its surroundings are great option. The nature is amazing, vistas great and there are two glacial lakes.
Susice is famous for its factory on matches production. Among the paddlers it is known for its camp. It is from there when many of them start their journey on the Otava river. Its locationa on the very border with Sumava National Park and Landscape Park Sumava makes it important for tourism.
A town near Castle Kasperk, well, actually below it, is a gem of Sumava. Right at the first sight many tourists fall in love with it. It is an ideal base camp for trips to the surroundings; either by walk or by bike.
A large nature complex with ponds – former Renaissance garden crossed by circuit nature trail – is part of Horsovsky Tyn chateau. The trail would take you to three historicaly valuable buildings: loreto chapel, gloriette, and summer house. Despite the bikers are forbidden to enter, few abide by.
Kvilda is a small alpine town with an old history of gold placer mining crossed by the Golden route, a trading route. Today it is a busy and popular tourist center, it is an area of marshlands, mixed forests and neighboring towns that together create an area known as Kvildsko. It is a region at 1000 meters above the sea level with a calm climate and despite this fact you can find here many rare plants.
Klatovy city makes an important point for life in a relatively inhospitable region. Farther west, near the borded, is not enough work, so when you do not want there to farm as a farmer, you have to go to the city - for work, entertainment, shopping or knowledge.
The Šumava National Park begins with this border town that has a history of lumbering. The surrounding of this town is mostly hills and mountains and Stožec is the highest of them (1065 m n. m.). Once there was a castle that didn’t survive until present. A railroad (since 1910) and the River Studená Vltava cross the town.
Among places we want to visit due to their beauty is also area of Povydri in Sumava. There Zlatatrail used to be. It was an important trade route connecting Podunaji and Czech lands. Turner’s Cottage (Turnerhütte) was one of the places where trade caravans spent nights and refreshed.
A very pleasant welcoming we have got at City Hall, in the same pleasant city of Klatovy. Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the civic association of Klatovy Catacombs Václav Chroust stopped his work for a while and showed us a local town hall, cool mystical underground, but mainly a rich history of the city.