The remains of Košťálov Castle, visible from afar, can be found near Lovosice on a high basalt rock above Třebenice. The fascinating view from here is one of the most breathtaking in the Czech Central Highlands. Due to the presence of rare plant communities, the southern slopes of the mountain are a protected natural monument.
The ruins of the medieval castle Košťálov , visible from afar , are located on a 481.1 m high hill of a typical conical shape, rising directly above Třebenice. Thanks to the amazing view of the region that is offered from here, the Košťálov ruins belong to the most beautiful and also the most visited places in the Czech Central Highlands .
The castle consists of a small castle core , located on the top of the cliff, and a significantly larger forecourt, which was located on the plateau below. The core is made up of the best-preserved and essentially the only standing structure of the entire castle . These are the remains of a palace with a rectangular floor plan, from which the perimeter masonry has been preserved up to approximately the height of the first floor withremains of window and door openings . Originally, it was a multi-storey building, which was also surrounded by a perimeter wall. Behind the moat lay the forecourt with economic, operational and residential buildings, there was also the main castle gate. Today, however, you can find only small remains of the walls here .
Thanks to the rare thermophilic flora that inhabits the rocky southern slopes warmed by the sun, this part of the Košťálové mountain was declared a protected natural monument in 1960 . Among the protected species of plants, you will find here, for example, the spring sedge, the Czech meadowsweet, the leafless iris, the rock sedge and the thin-flowered blueberry. In addition, a large number of butterflies live here ( 606 species were documented here, e.g. honeysuckle bunting, fennel woodpecker, fruit woodpecker or rock goby) and 85 species of vertebrates (e.g. fragile blind, eared callus, common stilt, ermine weasel, etc.).
The castle can be accessed by the green tourist sign from the village of Vchynice , the unmarked road from the village of Košťálov, or the red road from nearby Sutomi.
411 15 Jenčice
GPS: 50.490236 13.984760
Region: Usti Region
Region: Bohemian Central Highlands
Tips for a trip: Jenčice and surroundings
Information center LovosiceOsvoboditelů 48/55
410 02 Lovosice