The town of Štramberk was founded on slopes of Chateau Hill in the second half of the 14th century. At present, thanks to its picturesque scenery and unique complex of town folk architecture, Štramberk is called “Moravian Bethlehem“. The ruin of Štramberk (Strallenberg) Castle with a cylindrical tower called “Trúba“ dominates the town as well as broad environs.
The picturesque Štramberk square is lined by brick houses with features of late baroque and empire. In its upper part there is the baroque Church of St. Jan Nepomucký and St. Bartholomew. Timbered houses, which were built by Walachian handicraft workers in the 18th and 19th centuries, stand on high ground walls in adjacent twisting lanes. The majority of these Walachian timbered houses are, thanks to their unique character, an architectural rarities within the whole Czech Republic.