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Strekov Castle, Usti nad Labem

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Schreckenstein Castle or, less commonly, Strekov Castle (Czech: Hrad Střekov, German: Burg Schreckenstein), is a well preserved ruined castle perched atop a cliff above the River Elbe near the town of Ústí nad Labem (formerly Aussig a. d. Elbe) in the Central Bohemian Highlands in Czechia. It was built in the 14th century to protect the waterway and collect duties on transported goods, the castle is renowned for its impressive views. It has enchanted a variety of visiting artists, most notably Goethe, Richard Wagner, and Karel Hynek Mácha.

The castle is especially well known from the painting by Ludwig Richter called Passing the Schreckenstein (Überfahrt am Schreckenstein) which hangs in the Galerie Neue Meister in Dresden.

The castle is sited on a steep, monolithic, clinkstone rock that rises steeply to 100 metres above the River Elbe and is the symbol of North Bohemia. Large parts of the castle have survived or been rebuilt, including the bergfried, palas and castle walls.

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  • Visited this historical castle while on a European holiday in late August 2019. This 14th centuary castle which sits pirched atop a cliff is very interesting. There is also a lookout to take in the....  more
    Visited this historical castle while on a European holiday in late August 2019. This 14th centuary castle which sits pirched atop a cliff is very interesting. There is also a lookout to take in the....  more »
  • We stayed in Usti nad Labem on a River Elbe cruise. There was plenty of time to walk along the road walk over the lock and under the railway line to begin climbing the windy road to the top of the... 
    We stayed in Usti nad Labem on a River Elbe cruise. There was plenty of time to walk along the road walk over the lock and under the railway line to begin climbing the windy road to the top of the...  more »
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  • Nice view of the city, beer was also good, it was only a checkpoint during my bicycle trip
  • Best attraction in Ústí nad Labem. Looks great from the outside and you can enjoy nice views from inside. However it is a bit tough to get there + castle itself isn't that interesting.

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