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Nistejka Castle Ruins

Nistejka Castle Ruins
hrad Nístějka
, 512 11 Vysoké nad Jizerou
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Nistejka are the ruins of a castle which had been founded in the 1st half of the 14th century by the Valdstejn family, also known as Wallenstein. In 1390 it became the property of the Vartemberg family together with the Vysoke hamlet, and from 1422 it was the property of the Jenstein family. After 1519 the castle is mentioned as abandoned, probably after a preceding fire. Ruins of a tower, walls and cellars can be seen on a long narrow spur above the River Jizera. The castle has been declared a protected monument. Some of the finds from archaeological excavations are on display at the Museum of Local Ethnography in Vysoke nad Jizerou. Vysoke nad Jizerou - Marinkuv Crucifix - Dykova Rock - Pohaniste - Nistejka (4.5 km) Turn left on the main square in Vysoke nad Jizerou for the Museum of Local Ethnography with its moving wooden nativity scene which is 250 m from the square. The Baroque church of St Catherine dating back to 1725 and the renowned Krakonos theatre building are by the road on the left. Take the blue-marked tourist path around the graveyard and past the junction with the yellow-marked tourist path less than 1 km away, where you turn left. Continue past the “Marinkuv” crucifix and after 2 km you can enjoy beautiful views of the entire western part of the Krkonose massif and the River Jizera valley. The red roof of the church of St. John of Nepomuk in Vojtesice is a prominent landmark on the opposite hillside. Continue towards the ‘Dykova skala’ rock formation along the yellow-marked tourist path via Nivy, Pohaniste and Buky through the forest to the east to reach the Nistejka castle ruins (1.5 km).