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Spilberk Castle

a/k/a Brno Castle, Brno, Czech Republic
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Ranked #5 of 82 Attractions in Brno
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites
Description: This imposing 13th-century castle first served as a fortress and then as a prison for common criminals and opponents of the Hapsburg monarchy.
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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Worth the hard slog up here. Two temporary exhibitions on WW1 had very good exhibits but disappointingly without English translations despite reassurances from good English speaking young lady at the cash desk. Casements (old prison) can be visited at an extra cost. A very good and useful multilingual info machine near the entrance to the castle gives a huge amount... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I did climb uphill through beautiful gardens to visit the castle.Former prison from Austria-Hungary empire,it is imposing structure.Inside are some catacombs,with former prison cells and not much more.Hardly worth visiting.The gardens are nice.If you have time,stroll around.Don't bother going inside

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Helsinki, Finland
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162 reviews 162 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

There is a nice view here ovet the town. Other than that it is just a castle, kinf of. There is nice walk up here thru a park and it is not too far away from down town so why not go there.

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Launceston, Australia
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340 reviews 340 reviews
215 attraction reviews
540 helpful votes 540 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We visited this castle on a cold and rainy morning. It is accessed via a short steep path a short distance from the centre of town. It is set in its own formal grounds and there is a commanding view of the city from its promenades. The biggest frustration was the mis-advertising of the opening hours. Whilst it opens at... More

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Wappingers Falls, NY
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

When we visited they were preparing for an event and we could only tour the underground section. It was interesting.

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Sydney Australia
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123 reviews 123 reviews
38 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My advice would be to catch a cab up (very reasonable) and walk down. As the Castle was a former prison be pepared for some unpleasant history. There is a rather strange section devoted to a fireworks display they held for an anniversary of the hotel.

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39 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Spilberk Castle is bigger than it looks from the outside, as we discovered from walking through the free galleries, most of which we found quite interesting. The best part of the visit was the walk from our nearby hotel up the rather steep hill to the castle on top. It was a lovely spring day and many people were enjoying... More

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Beersheba, Israel
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57 reviews 57 reviews
35 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

the only good reason to go all the way up to this castle is the view. you can get a better view from the catedral or the old town hall tower. the "castle" it self is not interesting. the exhibitions are very expansive and not interesting, and the restaurant is also very expensive for no good reason...

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Tynemouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We walked up to the castle through lovely gardens and spent several hours looking at the exhibitions, followed by a glass of wine on the terrace overlooking the city. Perfect.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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213 reviews 213 reviews
27 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Probably we were unreasonably expecting too much. Long walk from the parking lot and a view just from only one side of this castle that could be seen from all locations in Brno. The interesting stories we did not see but heard. In past it was a prison for criminals, the most known from them was a man named Babinsky... More

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