Pernstejn Castle, Nedvedice

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Pernštejn Castle (Czech: hrad Pernštejn, from German: Bernstein, originally from Bärenstein) is a castle on a rock above the village of Nedvědice and the rivers Svratka and Nedvědička, some 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of Brno, in the South Moravian Region, Czech Republic. Pernštejn came to be known as the marble castle because of the marble-like stone used to frame the doors and windows.

It was founded by the Lords of Medlov probably between 1270–1285. The family branch seated at the castle and adopted the then fashionable name Pernštejn (written also Pernstein), which is the Czech version probably derived of the German name, Bärenstein – the "Bear Rock". Its history is closely connected to the Lords of Pernštejn (Pernštejnové) and their descendants. It has kept its intact appearance in the Gothic and Renaissance form as it was finished in the first half of the 16th century by the Pernštejns, then the richest and most powerful lordly family of the Bohemian kingdom. Pernštejn is one of the best preserved castles in Czech Republic.

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  • Located on a rock above the village of Nedvedice, and the rivers Svratka and Nedvedice, and about 25 miles northwest of Brno, this is one of the most beautiful of Moravian castles. It is also one of.....  more »
  • My wife and I travel just to visit castles and historical ruins. This castle did not disapoint. It is well maintained and I would reccomend everyone to visit if ever in the area.  more »
  • Awesome castle with great history. Even the "small" sightseeing circuit was enough, even though it does not include the top floors of the castle. The guide does know the history very well and was prepared to answer every question we had. Sightseeing groups of tourists were pretty small (around 12 people) so it did not feel that crowded and the atmosphere was very enjoyable.
  • Awe-inspiring medieval castle with soon to be restored unique baroque gardens. Cannot wait to come again!

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