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Bohemian Gate Trail

KAMYK

Kamyk castle was built on the western slopes of Ceske stredohori (Czech Central Mountains = Bohemian Central Highlands) on the right bank of the river Labe (Elbe), where cone-shaped basalt rock stands out from wavy landscape. You can get there by following the blue trail from a village of the same name which is located about 5km from Litomerice town. The first written reference of Kamyk dates back to 1319, when Jindrich (Henry), the ancestor of the Kamyks from Pokratice, received the castle or rather a fortress and the Zalhostice village as vassalage from the king Jan Lucembursky (John of Luxembourg). There had been many owners of the castle; however, one of the more significant owners was the Zajíc (Hare) dynasty from Hazmburk. The castle survived a turbulent period of the Hussite wars, when the castle´s surrou­ndings were plundered in 1428. The castle was repaired and extended in 1547. Unfortu­nately, Kamyk was abandoned in 1600 and became deteriorated. At the beginning of the 19th century it even burned twice. There is a legend about Kamyk saying that the lord of the castle had a beautiful daughter called “Kamyk Rose”. A knight from Zernoseky fell for her but because she wouldn´t submit to him, he kidnapped her and imprisoned her. The lord of Kamyk searched for his daughter but didn´t find her on time and so she died as a broken blossom in the crypt of Zernoseky chapel. Today, the only preserved fragments from Kamyk are its torso – part of the five-sided tower building on the top of the rocky hill, remnants of the fortification wall and a southern wall of the main building with three windows. The ruins are dilapidated and unkept and even though it´s dangerous to climb the castle, view of the surrounding landscape is beautiful.

Kamýk

Kamýk

Kamýk

Kamýk

Kamýk

Kamýk

Useful information

www.obec-kamyk.cz www.portabohemica.cz

GPS position

N 50° 33.528', E 14° 4.866'
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Contact

Památky jinak, o.s.
Věra Gruntorádová
Tel.:774114586
e-mail:pamatkyjinak@gmail.com
http://www.pamatky-jinak.webnode.cz