en.infoglobe.cz » CZ, Bohemian Paradise: From Hrubá Skála to Valdštejn III

CZ, Bohemian Paradise: From Hrubá Skála to Valdštejn III

Published: 14.4.2013
The third and the last part of our journey in the Hruboskalský region will end at Valdštejn Castle, as the title suggests. It will not be the only stop since there are many other places worth visiting.

Bohemian Paradise and vicinity of Hrubá Skála is also one of the most important places four mountaineering. Dozens, maybe hundreds mountaineers cover local sandstones during the summer months, they are nimbly conquering white rocks surrounded by an impressive scenery of forests, castles or Trosky Castle.

In the last part, we talked mostly about works of men today we will speak about wonders of nature. The most important natural sight is the Hruboskalské Rock Town . The name marks a region between Valdštejn and Hrubá skála, a content of the first article. More than 400 sandstone towers offer unprecedented experiences and outlooks from where you can see the CHKO Bohemian Paradise. Height of individual rocks is around 120 to 380 meters. Narrow valleys beneath are crossed by many tourist path dominated by theBohemian Paradise Golden Route that connects the most beautiful and most important places of the region. This “path” has 103 kilometers and it leads from Mladá Boleslav to Jičín throu many outlooks, deep valleys and in northeast it runs into rocky “towns” hidden in shadows of medieval castles such as Valečov, Kost, Trosky, Hrubá Skála, Valdštejn or Frýdštejn. No wonder, that Bohemian Paradise was one of the first areas where signs of the Czechoslovak Tourist Club were placed . The first propaganda movie about this region was made during the pre-war years, in the year 1937. Since then much has changed there, mostly due to a land redistribution and construction of modern infrastructure. Current red marked path crosses following towns and cities: Mladá Boleslav - Bakov nad Jizerou - Mnichovo Hradiště - Valečov - Drábské světničky - Příhrazy - Kost - Nebákov - Dolní Mlýn - Trosky - Hrubá Skála - Valdštejn - Turnov - Frýdštejn - Malá Skála - Besedice - Kozákov - Tábor - Železnice a Jičín.

At least few sentences should be devoted to all these localities, towns and sights but we have no space for this however, I hope you will learn about many of the in other articles on our website on travel.

Well, lest get to place I promise you to tell you, Valdštejn Castle.

Original castle located on a steep, 380 meters high cliff was built during the years 1260-1280 probably by Jaroslav z Hruštice or his son Zdeněk. He was a descendant of the Markvartic dynasty, an influential north-Bohemian dynasty, which was related to the Valdštejn dynasty that ruled in Pojizeří, for example. The castle became a property and residence of the Valdštejns who ruled there over a century. In the end of the 14th century, the Vartenberks (related to the Markvartics) replaced them there. A difficult period of the Hussite wars stroke also in this land and after Turnov was plundered the dominions of the Valdštejns were plundered as well. Since then the dominion was in decay. Bandits for some time who were replaced by more or less important lord replaced pro-Hussite lords. Around the year 1550 the historic period of the castle ended since a large fire plundered the rest of the castle. This fate that hit many historic landmarks also hit Valdštejn. Lost ruins of once great residence were alone for almost 200 years. Towards the end of the 17th century the place became more alive since pilgrims and hermits met there. The ruins of the castle remained in the Valdštejns property until the year 1821, in that time they allowed a construction of a romantic pilgrim site. The place flourished and its owners were the Aehrentals until the year 1945. Since the beginning of the 1950s there was created a center of mountaineering. Today, Valštejn is one of the most sought wedding places in the region. No wonder, picturesque views and unprecedented romantic atmosphere of the ruins makes this place truly wonderful…     

There is a parking lot about 1 kilometer below the ruins (90 meters of elevation). You can get from there to the castle along a red tourist path. During the summer months there are possible paid guided tours.


Text: Jan Chaloupka

Photo: Wikipedia Commons: Olaf1541, Marzper, Z.Fielder, ŠJů     

Discussion at the article (0)

Related Articles

CZ, Velky Reckov – Winter Walk in Klokocka National Natural Sight
Published: 15.1.2022
You can go on this trip every season, even snow posses no limit. From the D10 motorway we head to Bakov nad Jizerou and continue to the end of the village of Mala Bela. Immediately behind the village is the settlement Velky Reckov, here we park and we take a short walk through a national natural monument named Klokocka. The area has been protected since 1956 due to the presence of rare and endangered species of plants and animals.

CZ, Turnov: The Museum of Bohemian Paradise – More than Just a Regional Museum
Published: 9.3.2014
Today in the former tourist inn and a prison building with courtyard, there are many knowledge to learn, lots of collections and specimens that are valuable in terms of values and history, but also a lot of educated people. We are in the building of the Museum of the Bohemian Paradise in Turnov.

CZ, Bohemian Paradise: From Hrubá Skála to Valdštejn II.
Published: 7.4.2013
Hrubá Skála and its vicinity have everything one has sought in locality called Bohemian Paradise from time immemorial. It is a piece of beautiful land, forests, rocks and sights, which looks like they were taken from some fairy tales. A castle on Hrubá Skála is not the only attraction of land of sandstone rocks, a land located between the Region of Liberec, Královehradecký and Středočeský. Turnov is a central city of this area.

CZ, Bohemian Paradise: From Hrubá Skála to Valdštejn I
Published: 31.3.2013
One of the most romantic places in Bohemian Paradse is Hrubá Skála and no wonder then that in toady article you will encounter sighs about beauties of land located between Jičín and Turnov.

CZ, Turnov: Heart And Jewel Of The Czech Paradise – VIDEO
Published: 31.7.2012
Many people are confused with Turnov and Trutnov and awake at the moment they arrive to a place remote from Turnov about 70 kilometers, where Trutnov lies.

CZ, Valečov: Mystical Ruins Of Rock Castle – VIDEO
Published: 10.7.2012
With all due respect to Mnichovo Hradiště - this town does not offer too many reasons to visit it. But its vinicity is literally dotted with places worth seeing. One such is the ruins of Rock Castle Valečov, situated in the village of Fort Boseň, only four kilometers from Mnichovo Hradiště.

CZ, Mnichovo Hradiště - Castle: Seat Of Wallenstein Family - VIDEO
Published: 3.7.2012
Condition of castle in Mnichovo Hradiště corresponds exactly to the administration of the National Heritage Institute, whose sign hangs next to the main entrance. The area is neat and holds together, about the luxury castle but you can hardly speak.

CZ: Mladá Boleslav - Not Just City Of Cars - VIDEO
Published: 13.12.2011
The place, with each right Czech person does not connect with anything other than a car manufacturer Škoda. Winged arrow and hundreds of colourful cars that just rolled off the production line, they are no longer visible from the highway in the direction to Liberec.

CZ: Jičín – Rumcajs and Bohemian Paradise - VIDEOS
Published: 22.2.2011
Welcome in fairytale town, welcome in Jičín! Who would like to visit historical nucleus of this locality, situated in Bohemian Paradise, a couple of kilometers from Prachovské Rocks, he would feel like in a fable, if he wishes or not. Moreover, most of us connect Jičín with Rumcajs, famous robber, unforgettable figure, created by writer Václav Čtvrtek!

Malá Skála - Small Queenstown - VIDEO
Published: 22.6.2010
Only a total ignorant person could not see, passing this small inconspicious village, that a way of life in Malá Skála is running ahead in diffrent rate of speed. Nevertheless, this place, situated at the edge of Jizerské Mountains, proved to offer everything for tourists, which is available.

Related Videos

CZ, Bohemian Paradise: Beautiful Places North of Turnov
In our video today, we take a glimpse of the north of hte Bohemian paradise. First we go to Zlata...

CZ, Valečov: mystical ruins of Castle Rock
Valečov - the ruins of Rock Castle, one of the best preserved in the Czech Republic, you can fing...

CZ: Jičín
Fairytale town of Jičín, placed in Jičín Hilly Country, along Cidlina-river, belongs to most beau...


Czech republic


We were awarded the certificate even thanks to you!

Dôveryhodná firma 2017



Important Information:

Information and warnings on travelling abroad is to be found HERE.

Mobile application:

aplikácia Infoglobe

stiahnuť zadarmo pre Androidstiahnuť zadarmo pre iPhone



Today:monday 23. 5. 2022
monday 23.5.
12 °C
tuesday 24.5.
17 °C

TIP: INFOGLOBE app is available for your device, download HERE.


TIP: INFOGLOBE app is available for your device, download HERE.