One of the icons of the Bohemian Paradise is Kost Castle. It stands on a rocky promontory where two picturesque valleys meet: the Prokopská and Plakánek. The castle was most likely built in the 14th century by Beneš of Vartemberk. Today it is owned by the Kinský family.
Kost (Bone) Castle earned its name during the Hussite wars, when Jan Žižka from Trocnov besieged the castle. Because no one had ever been able to breach the castle’s defences, Žižka persevered for a long time. In the end he proclaimed: "The castle is as hard as bone, and the bone belongs to a dog!". And then he retreated. No-one has ever attempted to breach its defences since.
In the castle compound today you can see, for example, the clerks’ residential quarters, the Black Kitchen, the strong room, the medieval torture chamber and the castle chapel, as well as interesting exhibits such as a working replica of a catapult, a replica guillotine, a unconventional statue of the Madonna with Child or a painting which has been shot. The White Tower is also unique thanks to its irregular trapezoid-shaped foundations. From one spot below the castle, you can see three sides and all four corners of the tower at the same time.
Families with children will certainly enjoy the tour entitled Z pohádky do pohádky (From Fairytale to Fairytale) with Princess Karolína.