The castle was built in the early 13th century, probably by the Moravian Přemyslids as a foothold at the meeting point of Bohemia, Moravia and Austria. Its design with two keeps connected by a palace is a unique complex of this type in Bohemia, one of the country’s three preserved Romanesque castles and one of the most important Romanesque sites in all of Central Europe. The top of the taller keep is used today as a lookout tower. It commands a view of the deep forests of Bohemian Canada. The exhibit presents castle history, local archaeological finds and medieval weapons. The mighty walls once appealed to German poet Friedrich von Schiller, who set his play The Robbers in the surrounding forests. The Landštejn Festival takes place during the tourist season.
There are no guided tours at the castle. After you pay the entrance fee at the first gate, you walk around the castle on your own. There are texts about the history, construction and life at the castle in the exhibit and in the large keep. The castle keep commands a breath-taking view of the vast Bohemian Canada.
The imposing medieval appearance of the castle was used by foreign filmmakers in 1999 to shoot scenes for the movie Joan of Arc (mostly battle scenes from the assault on Orleans and Paris). The play The Robbers (1781) by famed German dramatist Friedrich Schiller takes place around the castle.