Raabs Castle

Fortress of books.

Raabs Castle, situated on a steep rocky promontory above the confluence of the Thaya rivers, towers over the small town.

Standing on the balcony is like standing on the bow of a ship sailing into the past. The Czech origin of the name “Raabs” points to the significance of the castle:  “Castrum Rakouz” is the origin of the Czech name for Austria, namely “Rakousko”. The castle is presently owned by the publisher Richard Pils and his family. The “province library” publishes numerous award-winning books and books are the focal point of the annual poets’ festival in August.