At the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries, in the place where visitors to Karvina currently admire Fryštát, there originally stood a wooden castle. It was built here by the Piasts (the Polish monarchs) to be their second residence - the first was in Těšín (Cieszyn).
The empirical chateau, which achieved its current form due to the family of Larisch-Mönnich, is the pride of Karviná
and the entire area of Těšín (Cieszyn) Silesia. Visitors can choose from several visitor's tours to see how the chambers and salons looked when inhabited by the nobility. You can admire a permanent exhibition of Czech art from the 19th century whose quality is proven by the fact that it is owned by the National Gallery in Prague.
The Larisch- Mönnichs, who owned the castle until the end of World War II, were important in the development of the entire area of Karvina and Ostrava. They were allied with the highest noble families of Europe, such as the Empress Elisabeth, known as "Sissi". Therefore, the aristocracy, including Crown Prince Rudolf of Hapsburg, came to Frystat also.
In the vicinity of the castle, there are still visible traces of that which was left here by the Irish Catholic family of Taafů. The Taafu fled to Těšín from Ireland due to the persecution of Catholics there. During the reign of Taafů, the Swedish King visited Frystat and there still stands a statue of St. Patrick, the patron saint of the Irish at a nearby church.