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5. Pernštejn Castle

Pernštejn Castle, hidden in the forests of the eastern edge of the Bohemia-Moravia highlands, is one of the most preserved castles in the Czech Republic.  It has been mentioned in historical records as early as the late 13th century.  It was the seat of the lords of Pernštejn who for centuries played a vital role in the politics of the Czech kingdom.  It is situated on the cliff above the city Nedvedice.  The castle has been in existence for almost eight centuries and throughout its history has never been conquered.  Its majestic towers can be seen from the far away. From the Pernštejn Castle there is an outstanding view of the surrounding forests.  Its present appearance results from the late Gothic transformations the castle underwent between 1450 and 1550.  It came to be known as the "marble" castle because of the marble-like local stone used to frame the doors and windows.  The same material was used for the late Gothic church of nearby Doubravník which contains the family vault.  As with other beautiful castles in the Czech Republic, this one changed ownership multiple times.  
Modified significantly in the 16th century, the castle is frequently used for filming stories about fairytales and various movies from middle-age times.  Unlike those other structures, however, it was not extensively remodeled or updated and still holds many of its original elements.

The defensive system of Pernštejn Castle includes a tower linked to the inner palace with a suspended walkway that gives the structure an atmosphere of intrigue.  Ancient legends surrounding the castle, such as stories about ghostly beings, increase the level of mystery surrounding it.  Pernstejn is open only during the summer.  Visitors have a choice of five tours that last from just under an hour to almost an hour and a half.  Rooms that boast their period decorations can be seen during the tours.