Hauenštejn Castle


Hauenštejn Castle is located in North Bohemia of the Czech Republic. Hauenštejn fortress was constructed in 13th century by Bohemian king Přemysl Otakar II and subsequently increased by his son Václav II.



Location: North Bohemia  Map

Constructed: 13th century by Přemysl Otakar II


History of Hauenštejn Castle

Hauenštejn Castle defended local roads as well as royal mines. The castle changed the hands repeatedly and although it lost any military significance it served as a royal residence. During World War II Hauenštejn Castle was confiscated by the German Army. Part of the citadel was used by the Hitler Youth organization, while another part of the historic complex was used to breed snakes. These reptiles were bred for their venom that is widely used in the medical purposes. After the Germans were defeated, Hauenštejn Castle was nationalized and used as a hotel for the uranium miners  in Jáchymov. Later it was transferred to a Communist youth organization. In 1958 Hauenštejn Castle was abandoned due to the old age.

Hauenštejn Castle laid in ruins for decades until 2000 when Pavel Palacký started reconstruction. Today it is a private residence, but it is open to the public. Although entrance fee is fairly cheap, donations are welcome to further continue work at this historic castle.