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Loket Castle (Hrad Loket)
Loket Castle (Hrad Loket)

Loket Castle (Hrad Loket)

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The austere towers and battlements of 12th-century Gothic Loket Castle (Hrad Loket) stands on a granite headland over a bend in the River Ohře and dominates the Western Bohemian town of Loket close to the peat bogs, pine trees and birch forests of the Slavkov Forest Protected Landscape Area. Originally built as a defensive fortress to protect trade routes from Prague, the castle became the favorite royal retreat of King Charles IV of Bohemia, who came here in the mid 14th century to enjoy hunting in the surrounding forests. Later in its life, Loket was occupied by several noble Czech families and between 1822 and 1948 was used as a prison. Today tours of its imposing interior include the torture chambers in the dungeons, where some extremely graphic instruments of torture can be spotted.

In the course of the 19th century, the town of Loket became known for its porcelain factories and today the castle displays a porcelain collection of exceptional quality, including Art Deco vases and rare spa cups used when taking the waters at neighboring Karlovy Vary. Other exhibitions dotted around its maze of rooms, cellars and dungeons include archaeological finds from the area and fine, faded pastoral frescoes in the first-floor galleries. A small armory occupies sections of the Romanesque tower, where according to legend a friendly dragon has lurked for centuries.

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Zámecká 67, Loket, Western Bohemia, Czech Republic , 357 33

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Karlovy Vary plus Loket castle tour

Karlovy Vary plus Loket castle tour

Karlovy Vary and Loket castle is natural combination as the castle is not very far from the city. Karlovy Vary is globally known spa town frequented by tourists for almost 200 years. You probably heard about its mineral springs you can taste for free in a city centre and about her famous colonnade. Karlovy Vary is also a center of film festival every summer. Loket castle stands strong since the 13th century and even though it was renovated many times, it still keeps its medieval form. You will have an opportunity to see both its exterior and interior and its famous exhibition of torture chambers.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Loket Castle (Hrad Loket) hours of operation: Open daily Nov–Mar 9am–4pm; Apr–June, Sept–Oct 9am–5pm; Jul–Aug 9am–6.30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.