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Category: Castles , Local time: 23:32:22, Altitude: 488m, Address: Hauptstraße 24, 02797 Oybin, Germany, Official WWW website:

The ruins of a medieval rock castle Oybin are located in the village Oybin , near the town Zittau . The site is located near the state border between the Czech Republic and Germany .

Historical Attractions

This site had already been inhabited in the Bronze age but, obviously, the remains of the castle date back only to the 13th century. In the ancient times, there was an important trade route from Bohemia to Lusatia right here. The Oybin Rock Castle experienced the biggest boom during the reign of Charles IV, who had the walls of the castle developed, and added new constructions, including and the Gothic church. The castle was struck by the lightning in 1577 and the building completely burned down. Since then, the castle dilapidated and it was nearly forgotten.

Rescue work

The Oybin Rock Castle was rediscovered in the Romantic period. Its ruins attracted the attention of tourists. At preesent, the rescue work is in progress.

How to Get There

You can get to the village Oybin from Zittau on a unique narrow-gauge railway.

Type of building

rock castle

How is the building used now?

historic monument
lookout point

Current state


Style of architecture

Gothic style

Why did the previous construction vanished?

great fire



Information and Facts

GPS: 50.844, 14.7431
Altitude: 488 m
Foundation (year): 1369
Barrier-free access: Yes
When was the building abandoned or demolished? (year): 1577
How far is the parking area? (in metres): 200 m
Last update: Nov 10, 2012 10:27:52 AM

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Cities around

Kurort Oybin (0.2km)Kurort Jonsdorf (3.2km)Olbersdorf (3.2km)Bertsdorf (4.2km)Waltersdorf (7km)Zittau (7km)Grosshennersdorf (17km)Obercunnersdorf (22km)Löbau (28km)

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