One day on a walk along the river heading south out of town, I happened upon a castle. Yep, just like that. This is no Prague Castle with towering spires and turrets. This is a good old-fashioned 1297 guard-the-waterways-from-the-Poles kind of castle. So it looks a little more like a fort than a traditional castle. It has the requisite chapel, courtyard, armory saloon, and torture chambers, all restored nicely.
Then right in the middle, between the main floor and before you get to the top of the tower, naturally, is a display of toys from the, well, hard to say. It appears perhaps from the 1940’s to 1960’s. Then there is a decidedly Brady Brunch style dollhouse. Just when you think you might have figured out the right century and decade, there is a Harry Potter marionette!
But wait! There’s more! What if you’re thinking, “oh come on. I didn’t come here for 1970’s dollhouses. I want earlier! 1297? Please, that’s way too contemporary,” then you might enjoy this exhibit that is a floor below the torture chamber:
But no, you say. I want some American folklore in here. America, you say!
There were also fish, a pterodactyl, Czech-speaking aliens (why not?), alien-Egyptian pharaoh masks, and a fairly extensive display of fur-covered mannequin baby bodies with large human horned heads that represented gnomes working at night in the iron mines…in case you were not otherwise entertained.
The only part of the whole castle experience that was translated into English beyond titles like “chapel” was a detailed description of the gnomes – so I did come away with a clear idea of this. Seriously though, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience and fully intend to return.