The first written mention of Loket dates back to 1234, although the creation of the stone castle dates back to the reign of Přemysl Otakar I. (1197 - 1230). After discovery of the Romanesque rotunda, which according to the design is the oldest type of Czech building, creation of the castle is assumed to have taken place earlier – probably in the third quarter of the 12th century. Loket later became an important border fortress for medieval colonisation and economic development. Many privileges.... [More about Loket]
Documents first mention Loket in 1234, however, the foundation of the stone castle dates back to the reign of Přemysl Otakar I (1197 - 1230). After the discovery of the Romanic rotunda, which in its specific architectural design belongs to the oldest type of Czech buildings, the castle is assumed to have been founded even earlier - about the third fourth of the 12th century. Later, Loket became an important border fortress of medieval colonization and economic development. Many privileges were again confirmed by Charles IV who often used and loved to stay there (even though as a child he was kept imprisoned there with his mother Eliška Přemyslovna for two months on orders of his father). The legend goes that while hunting in the woods of Loket Charles IV discovered hot mineral springs and founded a town, later called Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad). During the reign of Wenceslaus IV the entire castle was extensively restored. During the Hussite Wars, Siegmund pledged both the castle and the manor-house, and in 1434 the property was handed to the Schlik family, in the 16th century both the castle and the manor-house passed into the possession of the town.