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Ruins of Bradlec castle

Half-forgotten ruins

Petr Liška
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Ruins of Bradlec castle
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In the middle of beech forest stands on small volcanic igneous rock ruins of castle Bradlec (542 m asl). It is a bit in the shadow of its more famous and important neighbor – gradually restored ruins of castle Kumburk (642 m asl). But the castle has an interesting atmosphere, however, supported by the fact that you rarely meet anyone here. Moreover, below the ruins is a big fireplace and commons, where you can spend a night, which might be ideal during a long walk through Bohemian Paradise and Podkrkonoší (“area around the Giant Mountains”).  

Village Újezdec

The main starting point to ruin Bradlec is a small village Újezdec. There are several nice timbered houses and a nice view of Kumburk and the valley of Tužím stream.
 

Village Újezdec
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Walk on the ridge

The most common and quickest way to ruin is from Újezdec along blue tourist trail. You need to gradually ascend along the ridge for about 500 meters and 90 vertical meters in very nice beech forest.

Walk on the ridge
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Fireplace below Bradlec

Just below the ruins is a nice fireplace with bench. Ideal place for spending night during summer long walks.

Fireplace below Bradlec
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Bradlec arc

The most typical shot from Kumburk is from the bottom of its preserved arc.
 

Bradlec arc
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The arc from the other side

From the other side is also nicely visible the massive basaltic hill, on which the castle was built. Each season has its charm here. But only when beaches are leafless, you can see the entire ruin as a panorama.
 

The arc from the other side
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Remains of walls

Except for the arc, there are only small remnants of walls, from one side quite nicely preserved.
 

Remains of walls
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Under the best preserved wall

The best preserved part of the walls is in the most impregnable place of the castle

Under the best preserved wall
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Basalt hill

Guided tour leads also to the castle moat and around great basalt hill, on which the castle was built.



 

Basalt hill
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View of Tábor

If you would like to see well into the area around, you must continue along the blue trail for a few dozen meters in the direction of crossroads and pub called Klepanda. There is a free place in the forest and thus outlook of the main ridge with hill Tábor and the village Žďár u Kumburku.

View of Tábor
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