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“Not worth the hike”
Review of Divci Kamen

Divci Kamen
Launceston, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
602 reviews
397 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 727 helpful votes
“Not worth the hike”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

This ruin is located a short drive from Cesky Krumlov. We accessed it from the small village of Trisov but it can be accessed from nearby Holubov for a slightly longer walk. The walk is a good 25 minutes each way. Along the way amongst the fields and light woods there are some low key sites but the information is only in Czech. There is a lookout which offers the best view of the ruin and you could very easily turn around and leave it here. We struggled on and the path descended into the valley before climbing again at the ruin site. All up it is around 100 metres elevation change. Unusually for a castle it is located at the bottom of a valley rather than the typical hilltop position that historical castles commanded.
The ruin is set in the confluence of two rivers but they were running low when we were there. Nor could you see the rivers once you were in the ruin which meant that much of the imagery on the internet or romantic position was lost as the view and the valley was heavily overgrown.
The ruins themselves are fairly extensive and you get a small English pamphlet which only provides some history of the site but nothing about what you are actually looking at. Overall it was a real let down for us. A small amount of investment in signage and developing the setting would greatly improve this visit.

Visited May 2014
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English first
New York
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211 reviews
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“Great hike and romantic ruins”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

Divci Kamen was built in medieval times - by the 1500's it was already falling into disrepair. You can still hike to see the ruins - they are on a mountain in the Sumava forests and the views from the tower are wonderful. From Trisov, you can hike one of two trails - there is a steeper trail that goes through the forest and takes around 35 minutes, or there is a longer road that is paved for much of the way and goes across a tributary of the vlatava river. The quaint farmhouses and the meadows carved out of the countryside are also lovely. You can take a train or bus from Cesky Krumlov, I just had a taxi drop me off (20 min drive) and pick me up two hours later. perfect timing - though I think there was a restaurant in the forest near the castle, so could have lingered further.

Visited June 2014
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