Castles, chateaux and ruins
Once a base of the domain of Olomouc´s bishops, the castle dates back to the second half of the 13th century. It was probably destroyed in the Hussite campaigns and up to this day the castle-moat, two ramparts, ruins of fortifications, the palace and tower have been preserved. Numerous archeological findings (e.g. Šostýn´s Venus) are exhibited in the Museum of Fojství in Kopřivnice. Žižka´s linden tree, which is approximately 200 - 250 years old, can be found on the highest spot of the ruin of Šostýn Castle. Not far from here there is a steep detached calcareous mass called “Raška´s Stone“ with an observation deck.
Štramberský Castle was founded late in the 13th century after the partition of dependencies of the Lord of Hückeswagen. In the 16th century the castle was abandoned and fell into disrepair. Up to this day the only relics are the fortification and gothic tower called “Trúba“, which stands over the town of Štramberk and serves as an observation tower with a beautiful view of the Beskydy and Jeseníky Mountains.
Nowadays the large ruin of a castle with romantic coves of dilapidated walls and casemates harkens to a once unbreakable castle on a hill close to Nový Jičín. The castle was founded at the beginning of the 13th century by the Hückeswagen dynasty. The significance of the castle as a fortress declined after the Thirty Years´ War and it gradually fell into disrepair. In 1996 the community reconstructed the tower from which there is a beautiful view of wide surroundings. On the ground floor of tower there is a period restaurant. The period exhibition of arms and documents about the castle and estate of Starý Jičín lie on the upper floors. Period events and festivals take place in the castle.
The ruin of Hukvaldy Castle is one of the largest in Central Europe and the second largest in Moravia. The stone castle was built in the 13th century by Arnold of Hückeswagen and it was never captured. It was only destroyed by a fire in the 18th century and it is currently partly restored. The tower affords a broad view of the Moravian Gate and the whole Odra River valley all the way to Ostrava and the main range of the Moravian-Silesian Beskydy Mountains.
The renaissance chateau in the centre of Nový Jičín was built in the 16th century in the location of the town castle. After the departure of the Žerotíns the building was adapted to the town-hall, which is a landmark of Nový Jičín centre.