Hrad Divci Kamen – Cesky Krumlov’s Hidden Gem

Author: Celine Brewer

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Hrad Divci Kamen (also known as Maiden Stone) was a mighty castle back in the 14-16th centuries, but now lays in ruins. These ruins are a short 20 minute drive north of Cesky Krumlov and are well worth a day trip out to explore.

Hrad Divci Kamen near Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic

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You enter the castle ruins by climbing some rock stairs, which begin at the shores of a lazy river. You officially enter the castle through a stone archway which delivers you into the castle courtyard. 

Hrad Divci Kamen with kids near Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic

The exterior walls of Divci Kamen are pretty well intact as are some of the structural walls, but a lot of it is now gone. Rocks are piled on the ground everywhere, but there are clear paths and steps to follow around the property. There isn’t a set trail to explore, you simply walk wherever you want to.

Exploring Hrad Divci Kamen with kids near Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic

The kids had so much fun here running around, climbing on rocks, climbing stairs, looking through medieval archery windows, etc. It’s a kid’s paradise! There are some construction materials around from ongoing restoration efforts, so be mindful of what your kids are climbing on.

Hrad Divci Kamen with children near Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic

Our favorite area was inside what was probably the main building of the castle. A four story wall with many windows looms large on one side of the area, the sun beaming through the windows created an amazing effect. There is a little wooden stage in the area, where we sat and enjoyed our morning snack while taking in the atmosphere. There was a big rock pile with some inukshuks, so our daughter climbed up and tried to make her own. She did pretty well for a 4 year old. At the other end of the property is a lookout platform which offers amazing views of the castle complex and the surrounding river land.

Family outing at Hrad Divci Kamen near Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic
Hrad Divci Kamen with kids near Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic
Hrad Divci Kamen with a toddler near Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic
Exploring Hrad Divci Kamen with small children near Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic

Altogether we spent a few hours here. It’s not a huge castle, so it was easy to see it all. But it was big enough that it must have seemed huge to the kids. I can just imagine what a place like this looks like through their eyes…  

This was one of our favorite activities during our Czech Republic vacation – I absolutely love outings like this. It’s fun for the kids & adults, it’s outdoors, interesting and historical; just an all around great day trip.

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The ruins of Hrad Divci Kamen near Cesky Krumlov are truly a hidden gem. We had the entire place to ourselves and loved exploring with our kids. #divcikamen #ceskykrumlov #czechrepublic #travelwithkids #familytravel #toddler #traveltips
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Celine Brewer is a dedicated family travel blogger with a profound passion for helping families create unforgettable adventures together. Her blog blends captivating travel narratives with practical tips for family-friendly destinations and enjoying active travel with kids. As a mother of two, she understands the unique challenges of traveling with children and offers valuable insights to empower parents.

When Celine isn't traveling with her husband and two kids, she's either working on one of her three travel sites (Family Can Travel, Baby Can Travel and Travel Banff Canada) or out enjoying the majestic Canadian Rockies her family calls home.