Sirotčí hrad (Rossenstein)

got its name from the family Wehingen, feudal lords of Schwabian origin. One of sides of the family, Siroteks, moved to Moravia from Austria in the first half of the 13th century.

The ruins are very typical. The castle was ruined probably before 1590. It was described as deserted in the urbary of 1629. The castle was built on two rugged rocks divided with a deep ravine from which you can get to a karst cave. The main part was located on the south rock. A front wall, 2.5m thick and 8m high, with one window has been preserved; it is partially connected with remains of the tower, with three windows arches one above the other.

The romantic ruins of Sirotčí castle and its typical silhouette is a very important part of the Pálavské hills, they are like Romeo and Juliet. When driving in the area or making a trip in the region smelling of wine, the Sirotčí castle will be visible nearly from any point.

The small castle built at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries has a very interesting two-part disposition. More dominant it is from the west – it looks like growing out of the high and slim limestone rocks. The overall composition of the castle is adapted to the surrounding rocks. 

The better known – southern – part of the castle is accessible from the south-east, where the entrance outbilding has been preserved till today. This part is located on a triangle top area.  In this part the walls have been preserved nearly up to the first floor. The ravages of time left their mark on the northern wall. This part of the castle had a palace disposition with a residential part on the east (evidenced by a large window) and with the narrowing part towards the west, where it is topped with a slim rounded tower on a steep rock. The other part of the castle, located on the inaccessible northern rock hasn’t been preserved, with exception of some plain parts of the masonry. A settlement fenced with a rampart and palisade was located on the foot of the rock, but only the admired water tank has been preserved to the present.

You can visit Sirotčí castle at any time of the year, it is freely accessible. The footpath to the castle starts in the village of Klentnice that is dominated by the castle; or you may start your trip in Mikulov and continue to Děvičky. The visit to the castle is really very interesting.

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