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A castle that pushed its luck too far – and was rightfully punished.

On hearing the name “Kynžvart” Charles IV might have gloated a little and felt some degree of satisfaction. You can see it for yourselves if you set out from nearby Lázně Kynžvart along the yellow or blue marked hiking trail. The owners of the local castle cooperated with Louis IV the Bavarian, King of the Romans, against Charles. And not just that – they used to hire mercenaries to attack Cheb merchants and burghers loyal to Charles. So a furious Charles said enough is enough and decided on a punitive expedition. It was successful and his soldiers inflicted huge damage to the castle in 1347. However, the castle seemingly did not know when to give in. It had several owners but none of them could really get on with the Cheb folk. In the end during the Thirty Years' War the Swedish army had its say and destroyed the castle beyond repair...


hrad Kynžvart
Zámek Kynžvart, 354 91 Lázně Kynžvart 

Web: www.zamek-kynzvart.cz/zricenina.php
Tel: +420 354 691 269
GPS: 50.0153356, 12.6304961

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