In Starý Jičín in northern Moravia, the Starojický hill stands alone, on the top of which stands the ruins of Starý Jičín Castle. From the observation tower there is a beautiful view in all directions.

Starý Jičín became a market village already at the beginning of the 13th century. Other colonization settlements were created along the connecting roads with the surrounding area. These become part of the estate, the market center of which is Starý Jičín. Probably around 1230, Starý Jičín and its surroundings were acquired by Arnold of Hückeswagen, a nobleman from the Rhineland, who held a rather important position in the retinue of Přemysl Otakar I. The first written mention of the castle dates from 14.7.1240, when Arnold of Hückeswagen published in “Ditschin “donation deed for the Premonstratensians in Steinfeld. At the beginning of the 14th century, the family of lords from Kravař became the owners of the castle . After several changes of owners after the Hussite Wars, the estate was acquired by the family of the lords of Žerotín at the beginning of the 16th century.

At the beginning of the Thirty Years’ War, the Žerotín estate and the castle, which is occupied by the troops of both sides during the war, are lost . During the 17th and 18th centuries, a number of families took turns in possession of Staré Jičín. At the end of the 18th century, both the castle and the manor became the property of the Seilern family . Due to the lack of interest of the owners, the castle was quickly subject to decay. Unfortunately, even the efforts of Count Dr. Bedřich Deym at the beginning of the 20th century did not prevent the gnawing tooth of time and the once mighty castle became a ruin .

The area of ​​the ruins is freely accessible all year round .


Municipal office
Starý Jičín 133
742 31 Starý Jičín

Tel.: +420 556 752 581

Tel.: +420 602 320 577

GPS: 49.577062 17.959456

Region: Moravian-Silesian Region
Region: Beskydy – Wallachia

Opening hours

April – May
1.4. – 31.5.
Saturday Sunday 10:00 – 17:00

June – August
1.6. – 31.8.
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 – 12:30
13:15 – 17:00
Saturday Sunday 10:00 – 17:00

September – October
1.9. – 31.10.
Saturday Sunday 10:00 – 17:00

Open in March only due to favorable weather. Easter Sat, Sun, after 10am to 5pm. In May, September and October, it is also open on holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Price:  40-20czk

Visit Duration

1-2 hours


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