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posted 03-07-2002 02:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for czech   Click Here to Email czech     Edit/Delete Message
Hello...I'm searching for any information regarding our ancestral castle.The spelling of our name was changed during imigration in the early 1900's to Vistein.My father who is now in his mid-80's,believes the castle name in czech was spelled Vystejn or Vystein.I would really appreciate any type of assisstance in my search....thank you....


posted 03-07-2002 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
Hi czech,
no, not found anything as yet (though knowing my luck someone will find it whilst I'm typing this).
it is just the way your name is spelt.
The ending doesn't seem to be czech (though I don't know the language).
I've just looked in the index to a book I have .. Ceskoslovenska Historicka Mesta.
And there are no endings like that !
More of an Austrian sound.
Will have another look.

posted 03-07-2002 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for czech   Click Here to Email czech     Edit/Delete Message
Peter...Your the best!!! I really appreciate your assisstance.From what I understand,there is even a few small towns in the s.eastern portion of the czech republic named after our family name.But i'm not sure if that's were the castle is located.My father had mentioned something about it possibly being located just inside Poland on some river....I'll try to help the best I can...Thanks...Czech..Actually were Bohemian....


posted 03-07-2002 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for katharina   Click Here to Email katharina     Edit/Delete Message
I have found a castle named Valdštejn near Turnov. You can find it on:

Is it the one you are looking for?

[This message has been edited by katharina (edited 03-07-2002).]

posted 03-07-2002 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for katharina   Click Here to Email katharina     Edit/Delete Message
And a very different view of it on: http://mujweb.atlas.cz/Cestovani/hrady/encyklopedie/valdstejn.htm

posted 03-07-2002 04:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for katharina   Click Here to Email katharina     Edit/Delete Message
On the Web-site about the castle Valdštejn
(Hrad Valdštejn) on http://www.cesky-raj.cz/ceskyraj/valdstejn.htm I have found some info about the history and owners of this castle:

"Zříceniny hradu na pískovcových blocích na okraji hruboskalského skalního města nedaleko od Turnova.
Hrad byl založen ve druhé polovině 13. století Markvartici. V 15. století ho drželi pán z Vartemberka. Roku 1436 ho získal husitský hejtman Jan Čapek ze Sán. V roce 1440 byl dobyt jako sídlo lupičů zemskou hotovostí. Zpustl v průběhu 16. století, kdy byl vlastnictvím rodu Smiřických. V roce 1621 se stal součástí rozlehlého panství Albrechta z Valdštejna a v rukou zakladatelského rodu zůstal až do roku 1821. Od počátku 18. století se zřícenina stala sídlem poustevníků a v roce 1772 ve střední části vznikla barokní kaple sv. Jana Nepomuckého. Součástí barokních úprav je i přístupový most spojující hrad se sousední plošinou vyzdobený sochami českých patronů a světců od sochaře Josefa Jelínka. V roce 1821 od Valdštejnů hrad koupil Jan Lexa z Aehrenthalu, který zde nechal provést četné romantické úpravy.
Od roku 1945 je Valdštejn v rukou státu a je spravován Městským úřadem v Turnově."

If you speak the language, you will understand it yourself better. But, since I speak Russian, which is much like Czeck, I will translate what I understand:

It is a castle on sand blocks on a rocky place near Turnov. The castle was build in the second half of the 13.century. In 15.century it was owned by lord z Vartemberk (must be 'von Wartemberg' or something). In 1436 it was taken by the capten of Husits Jan Čapek ze Sán. In 1621 it became property of Albrecht z Valdštejna (von Waldstein) and remained theirs until 1821. The Baroque chapel of St.John was build in 1772. In 1821 the castle was bought by Jan Lexa z Aehrenthalu. Since 1945 it is owned by the state.

posted 03-07-2002 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for czech   Click Here to Email czech     Edit/Delete Message
Katharina....thank you so much for your time and help.I wish I could be more sure about the exact spelling of the castle.I've been to this particular sight and have even considered the Valdstejn castle but my father sais no....it's spelled different.Soon,I'll be getting more info from other family members and perhaps that will assist in my search.I'm pretty sure in the czech language,the name Vistein means...vision stone or velvet stone.Maybe that can help in some way...Thank you very much....czech...

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posted 03-11-2002 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marko   Click Here to Email Marko     Edit/Delete Message
Hello Czech,
Went through some old links in my favorite list and came up with a Castle Vichtenstein. This castle is however situated in Austria but no more then some 30 miles from the border with the Czech Rep. It's also situated near a river; the Danube to be precise. Seems to me to be a good candidate for your castle.
There's a picture and some (very little) info at: http://www.aeiou.at/aeiou.encyclop.v/v397849.htm

"But round about the castle there began to grow a hedge of thorns, which every year became higher...."
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posted 03-12-2002 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for czech   Click Here to Email czech     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks Marko...I'll be seriously looking into your discovery.I still haven't talked to any of the other family members about information they may have on the castle, but when I do I'll be sure to get the information out to everyone thats been so helpful.THANKS.....CZECH...

posted 03-12-2002 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
A very famous person in Czech history was one Albrecht Valdstejna. And I believe there are several castles and palaces in there somewhere.

posted 03-12-2002 06:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for czech   Click Here to Email czech     Edit/Delete Message
Peter...AS a matter of fact(famous czech people).MY father has mentioned on more than one occasion,thatin the center of Prague square,there is a statue of a man sitting on a horse he sais is his Uncle or Great uncle.Again though my knowledge on this is limited.Now....Whether this man has any relation to our ancestral castle,I'm not sure...Thanks Peter....CZECH...

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