The original castle was probably founded after 1320 by the Prague purgrave Hynek Berka of Dubá. In the following century it was destroyed by the Hussites, but it was rebuilt. After the end of the Thirty Years' War, it was no longer maintained because it was classified as a castle whose advantageous location could attract the ruler's enemies. In the 19th century, it was just a ruin that caught the heart of many a painter and also K. H. Mácha. The castle acquired its present appearance in 1918 thanks to extensive reconstruction by Jan Špaček.
Today, you can see the massive cylindrical tower, which with its height of 38 metres forms a dominant feature of the castle and offers a nice view of the surroundings. In the castle palace, you can see a sample of medieval housing together with period collections.
Interestingly, the fairy tale The Princess with the Golden Star was filmed here.