Brníčko u Zábřeha, Šumperk distr., Olomouc Region

Medieval castle Brníčko

(from the 1st half of the 14th cent. to the beginning of the 16th cent.)

View of the upper ward from the lower ward.

View of the upper ward from the lower ward.

Photo H. Dehnerová, 2015.

This high medieval castle shows preserved walled structures. It was erected in the 1st half of the 14th century, and by the end of the century, it was transferred to Margrave Jošta, who donated it to Bernhard Hecht of Schützendorf. After the Hussite Wars, it passed to Jan Tunkl, who made it the seat of his family. The last owner was Ladislav of Boskovice; in 1513, the castle was already described as deserted. In 2010–2011, the ruins were subject to an archaeological excavation and were renovated. Brníčko is a castle with a mantlet construction encircled by a ditch and earthwork. The second – outer – moat separates the lower ward from the bulwark, which is followed by another earthwork.

References: Hosák 1972; Unger 1980; Plaček 2001; Vrla 2007; Halama 2011; Štáblová 2011; Novosadová 2013.

Navigation point: N 49°53‘41.97“, E 16°58‘21.67“.

Map notes: A, L – ditches; B, C – earthworks; D – three-room residential building; E – cellar room; F, H, N – pillars; G – zwinger wall; I – lower ward; J – ditch; K – bulwark; M – access road. Map symbols are available in the Downloads section.

Selected fulltext articles and reports for further reading. Complete bibliographical records are available in the Downloads section as the List of publications.

Halama, J. 2011: Brníčko (okr. Šumperk). Hrad Brníčko, Přehled výzkumů 52/2, 105–106.pdf