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Tour of Hukvaldy Castle

A trip to the huge Beskydy castle

Petr Liška
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Tour of Hukvaldy Castle
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In the Palkovická hůrka mountains, which form the very picturesque Podbeskydí, you will also find the huge Hukvaldy castle. The castle once protected the busy trade route from Krakow to Olomouc. The ruins rise above a large field with fallow deer and mouflon, so the ascent to it is also interesting for families with children.

Hukvaldy

For most visitors, the starting point for the ruins is the village of Hukvaldy. You can park on the side of the road near the cemetery (free of charge) or in a large paid parking lot. You will come across a number of sellers of everything possible, because it is a very popular place. Buying frgals here is not a problem at all. There is not much to see in the town itself – the church of St. Maximilian and a small castle.

Hukvaldy
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Fallow deer in the field

Enter the complex through the professional gate (next to the gate is the birth house of L. Janáček with the gallery and information center Hukvaldy). You don't have to be very lucky to see fallow deer and mouflons in the game.

Fallow deer in the field
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Hukvaldy Game Reserve

The path leads through the field practically along the plain. Apart from fallow deer and mouflons, you will find beautiful trees, the Cunning Fox. Then the ascent up the hill begins. Here you will find the famous beeches with a massive exposed root system.

Hukvaldy Game Reserve
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Entrance gate to the castle

After overcoming about 120 meters, you are at the massive entrance gate.

Entrance gate to the castle
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View of Palkovice hills

In front of the castle there are benches and a nice view of Palkovické hůrky, including the highest peak Kubánkov (660 m above sea level)

View of Palkovice hills
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Massive fortifications of Hukvaldy Castle

The castle is famous for its truly massive fortifications. Behind the first gate there is another (until here the entrance is paid) reinforced by a bastion.

Massive fortifications of Hukvaldy Castle
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Courtyard with the church of St. Andrew

After passing the second gate, you will reach a wide area. This is dominated by the church of St. Andrew. In addition, there is a snack bar. But the best of the castle is still in front of you.

Courtyard with the church of St. Andrew
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On the way to the inner castle

After passing another gate to the bridge over the castle moat, one of the most famous views of Hukvaldy Castle will open up to you – the so-called inner castle.

On the way to the inner castle
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In front of the inner castle

The walls of the inner castle are absolutely impressive. The entrance to the castle is again small for tactical reasons.

In front of the inner castle
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The inner castle of Hukvaldy

The inner castle is a magnificent, originally several-storey building of which only walls remain

The inner castle of Hukvaldy
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View of Podbeskydí

Not only the castle itself, but also the view from the top is worth the effort. The beautiful landscape of Podbeskydí is right below you.

View of Podbeskydí
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View of the Beskydy Mountains

The horizon is again dominated by the Beskydy Mountains

View of the Beskydy Mountains
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View of the inner castle

Looking down is nothing for those who suffer from fear of heights

View of the inner castle
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Castle moat and bridge

The rest of the castle can be partially seen from here.

Castle moat and bridge
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Bastion Hukvaldy

Before leaving the castle, take a look at the huge bastion, which now serves as a theater stage.

Bastion Hukvaldy
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Back in Hukvaldy

The way back is steeper and shorter. In a moment you will be back in Hukvaldy.

Back in Hukvaldy
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