Křivoklát was founded in the 12th century, belonging to the kings of Bohemia. This royal residence was rebuilt in the 13th century as a seat of the ruling Přemyslid dynasty. Vestiges of Czech kings and the splendour of their lifestyle is still evident today at every step. The halls of the castle witnessed many festivities and feasts, but also many consequential political talks and fateful diplomatic negotiations.
The castle was damaged by fire several times. During the 19th century, the family of Fürstenberg became the owners of the castle and had it reconstructed after a fire in 1826.
The most valuable part of the castle, with a massive cylindrical tower, is the Royal Hall, which has splendid star vaulting. After the Vladislav Hall at Prague Castle, it is the second largest hall in the Czech Republic.
See a beautiful castle chapel, the castle library containing over 52.000 bands, a rich museum and a painting gallery of the Fürstenberg, a famous castle prison with torture chambers and torture instruments, a monumental tower with a collection of hunting trophies.