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The Litice Castle

The Litice Castle

Address

Litice State Castle - Státní hrad Litice

Litice nad Orlicí, 564 01 Žamberk

Telephone: +420 603 232 212

E-mail: urban.dalibor@npu.cz

Web: www.hrad-litice.cz/en

Opening Hours

April, September, October: Sat - Sun 9:00 - 16:00

May – August: Tue - Sun 9:00 - 17:00

(The above-stated end of opening hours coincides with the start of the last tour)

Offer

Sights, souvenirs, lookout tower, snacks at the box office.

Map

The Litice Castle

Litice Castle is located on a rocky hill in a deep twist of the Divoká Orlice river amid extensive forests. It was built by members of the House of the Půtic towards the end of the 13th century. Acting as the royal residence of George of Poděbrady, the castle underwent major and costly modifications, turning Litice into one of the foremost fortresses of the 15th century in Bohemia commonly referred to as “the other Karlštejn". In the 16th century, the castle was bought by members of the Bubna House. It was completely abandoned in 1681 though – the cold, uncomfortable and barely accessible mansion no longer met the increasing demands of the nobility and began to deteriorate. It is currently administered by the National Heritage Institute and you can explore the remains of this magnificent royal castle here. Within the King George site tour, you will learn about the history and architecture of the castle as well as check the archaeological finds, period engravings and photographs. You will also find an exhibition of sculptures by Jaroslav Šafr here. The castle is also one of the targets of the well-known Three Castles March. Upon request, a children-oriented program How to Build a Castle will be organised, where even the smallest ones will learn all they need to know in a playful form. So head up to the lookout tower, look around, dwell for a while and enjoy the meandering Divoká Orlice river. It is well worth it!

The castle is part of the tourist product Chateaux on the Orlice - the Czech Loire.