According to folklore legends, this medieval fortress on Czech territory was built above the gate to hell. The purpose of the castle was to prevent the demons at the bottom from entering the human world and destroying it. However, the area called the most frightening castle has strange secrets and remembers one of the saddest moments in our history. Would you dare to visit this mystical place?
Strange Architectural Solutions and Folklore
In the second half of the 13th century, a mysterious Gothic castle named Houska was built in the Czech Republic. The first unusual thing for the castle of that time is that the castle was built in a place where is no water source, as a result, it did not take any strategically useful place, and no one lived in this area. It turns out, the castle did not even have a kitchen. Most importantly, Houska Castle was surrounded by a defensive wall, the purpose of which was not to defend the castle but to block the passage for someone. Getting to the castle from the outside is quite easy but getting out of it makes things very complicated. Usually, the entire defense system of that time was designed in the opposite way.
According to the local legend, the purpose of the castle was to keep demons imprisoned. It is said that a gate to hell has opened on the unfortunate mountain of the Czech Republic. The castle was built around the portal to hell, and the chapel was built above the hole of hell itself, as a result, evil spirits and demons would not escape the hell and find themselves in the world of people. Local folklore says the supposed gates to hell were so deep that no one could see their bottom, and those who tried to enter the dark hole were confronted with demonic human-animal hybrids and never came back to the world of living.
It is said that after many years, one worker agreed to enter the pit. The goal was to find out if there really was a gateway to hell. At first, the process went smoothly, a young man was let into the hole with the help of a rod, but after a minute in blind darkness he began to shout and ask for help. The men who pulled him out were shocked because the young worker was completely gray. Even now, the Czechs frighten tourists that cars are breaking near the castle, and bleeding beasts are running around at dusk.
In fact, Houska Castle was built as an administrative center that oversaw the management of the royal mansions and was used only as a stop between other castles, so no one lived in it permanently and no kitchen was needed.
But the castle still has a sad past. During World War II, the Nazis occupied the castle, and there are many myths about their alleged occult actions in the castle. The Nazi fascination with the occult only reinforced the myth that Houska Castle is the most demonic in Europe. It is said that the Nazis, who were interested in the occult, performed strange rituals in Houska Castle. It is said that the Nazis especially wanted to occupy this fortress due to legends about the gates of hell, but nothing helped them to win the war.