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Helfstyn Castle
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Reviewed 17 May 2012

I'd give this ruin at least an hour, more if they have an event going on. We enjoyed exploring the castle and imagining what it must have been like when active. There's lots of neat sculpture done by contemporary black smiths through out the castle. We did this as part of a day trip from Olomouc, spending most of the day at the Wallachian open air museum and stopping hear on the way back. It adds 20 minutes driving and that is through lovely countryside and attractive villages.

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Reviewed 17 May 2012

That place is not so far away from my house (35 km) So I go there once per two years frequently. Each visit I see something different.
That place is also a centre for smiths. There is also festival to that called "Hefaiston". Large area marked like "ruin" but really under control/maintanace and in good shape. Restaurant inside castle available. Castle is "sitting " on the top of the hill and from castle tower you have nice view.

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Reviewed 15 February 2012

It is a huge castle where a blacksmith symposium is held each year and many amazing creations can be seen there. So, it´s not only a large castle but also an interesting gallery.

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Reviewed 2 October 2010

Helfštýn Castle is a partly restored but mostly ruined castle, which means you’re able to make your way around the castle at your own pace, unguided. There are guided tours offered but they’re in Czech only.

The castle was built in the 13th century by the ‘black’ knight Friduš of Lindavá who used the castle’s strategic position, guarding the gate to Moravia, to rob passing travellers. The castle walls at Helfštýn have never been breached by an invading army and the complex is one of the largest in Central Europe.

Inside the first walls are the moat and main entrance gate and then the main courtyard. Several times a year (mostly during the summertime) Helfštýn fills with throngs of people visiting for a festival, or it could be invitingly vacant and yours alone to explore. The busiest time in the castle is during the week of ‘Hefaiston’, a festival dedicated to the art of blacksmithing.

One of the highlights of the castle is the restored look out tower which offers fantastic views across the main pass through the valley where Friduš made his plunders. Helfštýn is the perfect castle for anyone tired of stately rooms and expensive baroque furniture you can’t touch.

There's a decent restaurant in the main palace and Helfštýn is open from the beginning of April until the end of October daily except Mondays.

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Reviewed 23 August 2017
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