Castle Vimperk is one of the many castles within the Šumava region. Also this castle was meant to protect the golden trading route between Bohemia and Bavaria.
The castle overlooks the river Volyňka and the city of Vimperk
Castle Vimperk is kept in a remarkable good state. After several fires in the 17th century there was much renovation activity until another fire brook out in 1857. The beautiful Renaissance palace was luckily unharmed and is still present in its original state. After the big fire large parts of the castle have again been reconstructed.
Nowadays the municipal museum is located in the castle. This museum has exhibitions about the history of the city of Vimperk, the craft of glass making for which the region is renowned and the history of the Šumava region.
One of the buildings of the castle is used as the headquarter of the Šumava National Park administration.
The castle and the museum are both more than worth a visit. See it on the map