After being beaten back by the wind on our first walk to Kunětické, and then running out of time on my second exploration, it was a case of third time’s a charm when we finally reached the castle atop the hill. It was a glorious sunny day, albeit still cold and windy when we set out on our latest adventure. Sinéad had brought her skates back from Ireland and I had my longboard ready to go.
We set off down the path that runs along the river, and ventured into Brozany, onwards past Raby and into the woods leading up to the castle.
After a quick skate through Brozany and Raby we entered the woodlands at the base of the mountain. We ditched our wheeled transport as skating uphill is just not pleasant at all. There’s no pathway on the road up and it’s quite narrow so you need to walk with care. We reached the entrance way to the castle grounds and continued up the path. There’s an intriguing bunker type building on the way up that looks like something straight out of a World War 2 movie.
We reached the castle’s outer fortifications after what seemed like a fairly brief walk and had a gander at the huge well outside the castle. All along the outer edge of the grounds there is a high wall with windows from which to shoot at the enemy. They start high up and gradually the ground rises up to make them more accessible. I assume there was a wooden platform in place at one stage, either that or the archers were arranged from shortest to tallest depending on which window they could reach.
In the next post we’ll step inside the castle and explore its fascinating and dangerous interior.