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Helfstyn Castle

Address: Tyn nad Becvou, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Ranked #11 of 24 Attractions in Olomouc
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This palace is a REAL one and we were so pleased to find it still open (until 30 Oct.) We were given literature to read and could easily see how the unassailable structure was the perfect home for rogues! Saw 2 wild boars happily grazing on the inside too!!! (in an enclosed gully)

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Prague, Czech Republic
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43 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Helfstyn Castle is situated on top of a hill. Unfortunately, when I got there, it was extremely foggy. Minus is that I couldn't see the views from the top of the towers, but on the other hand, it gave the castle a mysterious look. Entry feeis only CZK 60 and as individual visitor, you receive a 2-pager with the history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

For fans of history, or casual Game of Thrones viewerd, absolutely a must see. It sits at the top of the big mountain and withstanded all of the sieges during its 700 years of history.

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Pohorelice, Czech Republic
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

This is a huge castle with parts in good order and others in ruins. There are lookouts in various places which give you a nice view. Since this castle is located at the top a small mount, the views are very nice of the surrounding countryside. The castle is also used as a center for the display of works of... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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181 reviews 181 reviews
88 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

I've been visiting every once a while, the exhibits are improving, and the castle and surrounds definitely are worth visiting. The castle restaurant is just average-level, but hiking and bike trips around are great.

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Cairo, Egypt
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

great trip-super views-good to know their history-relaxing moments

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Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
23 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

I'd give this ruin at least an hour, more if they have an event going on. We enjoyed exploring the castle and imagining what it must have been like when active. There's lots of neat sculpture done by contemporary black smiths through out the castle. We did this as part of a day trip from Olomouc, spending most of the... More 

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Zasova, Czech republic
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

That place is not so far away from my house (35 km) So I go there once per two years frequently. Each visit I see something different. That place is also a centre for smiths. There is also festival to that called "Hefaiston". Large area marked like "ruin" but really under control/maintanace and in good shape. Restaurant inside castle available.... More 

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Nachod, Czech Republic
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

It is a huge castle where a blacksmith symposium is held each year and many amazing creations can be seen there. So, it´s not only a large castle but also an interesting gallery.

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11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2010

Helfštýn Castle is a partly restored but mostly ruined castle, which means you’re able to make your way around the castle at your own pace, unguided. There are guided tours offered but they’re in Czech only. The castle was built in the 13th century by the ‘black’ knight Friduš of Lindavá who used the castle’s strategic position, guarding the gate... More 

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