Ruins of the Kozí hřbet castle

The first mention of the castle in writing dates back to 1369. In 1441, the Hussite army unsuccessfully attempted to conquer the castle. The castle was apparently abandoned by the turn of the 15th and 16th century after it was annexed to the Osečany estate and its new owner lost interest in the castle. The ruin was still in a good shape as late as the 18th century, but then the locals started to use it as a source of cheap construction material and the castle was destroyed. The castle is located on a steep headland above the Mastník creek. Today, all that remains from the castle is a few walls. Its size and layout is indicated by the uneven terrain and remains of the moats. Even though not much is left from the castle, the walk to the ruins is definitely worth your while. The surroundings are mystical and, in the past, the area was inhabited by the Celts and witnessed the moves of the Hussite army. It was actually here, near Živhošť, that the first ever Hussite battle took place. You can also visit the nearby Ostromeč castle and the Hrazany oppidum on your way.

Route and transport to the site

Walking:

This site is not suitable for a hike from Slapy, due to its remoteness. The combination of car ride and a walk is ideal.

Cycling:

This site is not very suitable for cycling. The route from Radíč is not suitable for cycling and you would have to carry and walk your bike instead of riding it for a large part of the route.

Car (route 1: approx. 33 km/ route 2: approx. 23 km):

You can only use your car to get to the Radíč village. From Slapy to Radíč, you can choose from two routes.

Route 1: Golf Slapy - Buš - Čím - Křeničná - across the Živhošť bridge in the direction towards Neveklov - after Stranný turn-off direction Nová Živohošť - turn-off direction Nahoruby - Radíč.

Route 2: Golf Slapy - Buš - Čím - Chotilsko - Prostřední Lhota - Mokrsko - Čelina - across the Cholín bridge direction Neveklov - Nalžovice - Radíč.

From there, the walk to the Kozí hřbet castle is about 2 kilometres long. Just follow the blue-marked hiking trail. You can also walk further to the Ostromeč castle and the Hrazany oppidum, from which you can return back to Radíč, following the yellow-marked hiking trail. The circuit is about 11 kilometres long and not very demanding. The route is just perfect.

GPS coordinates

www.mapy.cz - 49°43'25.148"N, 14°25'49.638"E

Map

Map No. 38 / C5, KČT (Czech Tourist Club) series

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