Already in the 12th century stood in Lauf a castle, which was destroyed at the beginning of the 14th century. Only about 50 years later, namely in 1353, the later Emperor Karl acquired the areas on the Pegnitz and a few years later built a new imperial residence on the site of the old castle. Since the emperor also bore the name Wenzel as a Bohemian king, the castle soon became known as Wenzelschloss. Wenceslas, the national saint of Bohemia, also emblazoned as a portrait above the main gate of the castle.
You can explore the castle and its premises either on your own or as part of a guided tour.
Tuesday to Friday 2pm to 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am to 5pm
April 17, 2019
Lauf experienced its first heyday under the banner of the Bohemian lion. Based on the city survey, a diverse urban life developed: self-government and jurisdiction, crafts, markets and customs, church and school, social institutions. The urban character found its expression in the emblems of the seal, coat of arms and flag as well as in the various public buildings from the town hall, the shepherd's house, the shooting house to the "Fronveste", the city jail; not to forget the fortification with ditch, wall, towers and gates, which made running to a reasonably safe place.
April 4, 2019
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