The territory around Cheb was settled by the Slavs in the 9th century and the first fortifications were created on the site of the future castle on a rocky promontory over Cheb. A new castle was established sometime around 1120 under the reign of the North Bavarian Margrave Diepold II, which became the administrative centre of the Cheb region. In 1167, the area fell under the rule of the Hohenstaufen dynasty. After the first visit by Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa, construction of the Hohenstaufen.... [More about Cheb]
On the site of a former 8th-century Slavic settlement a stone castle was built at the beginning of the 12th century. By the end of the 12th century it integrated in the huge construction of the Staufer Palace - unique in Bohemia - which includes a two-storey chapel still preserved today. The extremely challenging construction works had been finished by the second half of the 17th century following the reconstruction of the castle into a citadel, including the surrounding wall by brick entrenchments with casemates. After that only losses were recorded. Since 1895 the dilapidated building has been in the possession of the town. Today, efforts are being made to document and revalue the historic monument. Besides the feature of unique architecture, the building also houses exhibitions on archaeology and exhibitions in the excellent stove-fitter’s workshop of Cheb. From the Black Tower visitors have a view of the municipal area under order of preservation - one of the oldest region in Bohemia. Castle Cheb, located in a spa region, surely is a historical and cultural gem of the ancient town. In addition, every house of the historic town centre has been classified a valuable historical monument.