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Libodřice

A village (pop.: 300) in central Bohemia, known for its cubist villa

  • Bauerova vila (en: Bauer villa) built by modernist architect Josef Gočár in 1912-1914 for a local landlord Adolf Bauer; partially renovated in 2005-2007
  • Czech republic is actually the only country where a cubist art was reflected in architecture, incl. examples in a countryside like Bauerova vila in Libodřice
  • accessible for sightseeing (95 CZK / 4 EUR, 2019), cubist furniture inside
  • 11 km (7 mi) from Kolín, closest town and transport hub; 55 km (35 mi) from Prague
Libodrice 50°00' N, 15°05' E



 

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Kolín

Hence I mentioned the town of Kolín in previous post, I will post a Kolín picture now :)
  • in a tourist shaddow of neighbouring town of Kutná Hora (Unesco), yet worth a stop, or actually can be visited instead
  • pictured: St. Bartholomew Church with a bell tower, Kolín landmark
  • important railway hub, among comparable towns once of the busiest, would say... in the world
  • pop.: 30 k, upon Elbe river, 60 km (38 mi) East from Prague, 40 km (25 mi) West from Pardubice
  • classical music composer František Kmoch and current Czech president Miloš Zeman born here
Kolin 50°02' N, 15°12' E



 

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Malé Chrášťany

An introduction to so called Peasant Baroque

  • Peasant Baroque is an architectural style typical for southern parts of Bohemia and partly for Bohemian-Moravian Highlands too
  • Holašovice village has its place in the Unesco heritage list, however there are more villages offering Peasant Baroque in the region
  • picture comes from a village of Malé Chrášťany
  • 18 km (11 mi) from the regional center of České Budějovice; cyclopath no. 1083 passes thorough the village
  • pop.: 30 permanently settled individuals only :)
Male Chrastany 49°03' N, 14°18' E



 

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Petrov - Plže

Picturesque rural Czechia to be continued :), this time in south-eastern Moravia

  • system of wine cellars (some of them with colorful paintings) in Petrov village
  • first wine cellar mentioned in 1598, however known as a cellars complex probably much later
  • on a National heritage list since 1983
  • 15 km (9 mi) from Hodonín, 75 km (45 mi) from Brno, 285 km (180 mi) from Prague, pop.: 1.3 k
Petrov 48°53' N, 17°16' E



 

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Jilemnice

A gateway to western part of Krkonoše mountains

  • a pleasant market square with a neo-classical town hall and a mountain range of Krkonoše above creates Jilemnice postcard picture
  • in 1907 the SKI Jilemnice - first Czech skiing club - founded here; a center of cross-country skiing and biathlon up to date
  • pictured: a street with original wooden log buildings (log buildings are common in the area, yet rarely grouped like in a picture below)
  • pop.: 5 k; 55 km (35 mi) from Liberec, 125 km (80 mi) from Prague
Jilemnice 50°37' N, 15°30' E



 

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Plzeň (de: Pilsen)

Back to city shapes. Plzeň is the fourth largest city in Czech republic, the second largest in Bohemia and the largest one west from Prague.

  • the original settlement of Plzenec mentioned in 976, however Plzeň as such was found in 1295 on a merchants' path from Prague to Bavaria
  • beer cooked since 1295, yet the famous Plzeňský Prazdroj (de: Pilsner Urquell) brewery was found in 1842 and cooked the later called "Pils" type of beer. Simplified: 1842 Pilsner was the first "light" beer in the world
  • Škoda Plzeň Works produces public transport means, trams, trolley-buses, buses, trains engines and coaches. Škoda cars however are produced in the town of Mladá Boleslav (Central Bohemia). Plzeň is supposed to be worlds' smallest city with both, trams and trolley-buses networks combined
  • FC Viktoria Plzeň won 5 football titles in last decade qualifying to Champions League 3 times. HC Škoda Plzeň is a popular ice-hockey team
  • St. Bartholomew Cathedral dominates the city center, its 103 m tall tower is the tallest church tower in Czech rep.; pictured: city center with the main market square in the middle of it
  • Plzeň synagogue is another landmark being the 3rd largest synagogue in the world. Architect Adolf Loos' interior designs are opened for public too
  • pop.: 174 k; situated 95 km (60 mi) from Prague, 190 km (120 mi) from Nuremburg DE, on a confluence of 4 rivers
Plzen 49°44' N, 13°23' E



 

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Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou

One of larger chateau complexes in Czech republic.

  • baroque chateau complex, incl. St. Margareth church; National Cultural Monument
  • first Czech sang opera, L'origine di Jaromeritz in Moravia, is about Jaroměřice foundation
  • part of the chateaux garden is situated on a Rokytná river island
  • Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou - pop.: 4 k; about 16 km (10 mi) from Třebíč, closest town, 180 km (115 mi) from Prague
Jaromerice 49°06' N, 15°54' E



 

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Nové Hrady

One of the latest nobility residence built in the area of contemporary Czech republic

  • chateau in rococo style closed to Nové Hrady village at the northernmost slopes of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands
  • built for Jan Antonín Harbuval Chamaré, originally French, later Silesian Count, in 1774-1777
  • reconstructed lately by its owner who - very unusually - is a person with no aristocracy background, a journalist Petr Kučera and his wife who bought the chateau in poor condition in 1997
  • 42 km (25 mi) from Pardubice, 150 km (95 mi) from Prague
  • Nové Hrady village population: 300
Nove Hrady 49°51' N, 16°09' E



 

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Slezská Harta

One of the last water dams built in Czech republic

  • construction started in 1987 and was finished by 1997 as one of the latest structures of its kind. Despite the upcoming period of drought and a desperate need of new dams, Czech leadership continues to postpone dam plans to a far future
  • built on the Moravice river in a peaceful environment of a sparsely populated area of Nízký Jeseník mountains, volume: 218,7 mil. m³ of water
  • closed points of interest: Velký Roudný hill (781 m / 2,381 ft, pictured) of volcanic origin and Bruntál chateau (15 km apart)
  • 15 km (9 mi) from Bruntál, closest town and transport hub, 65 km (40 mi) from Ostrava, 300 km (190 mi) from Prague
Slezska Harta 49°54' N, 17°35' E



 

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České středohoří

A mountain range in North-western Bohemia, yet referring to its center - Central Bohemian Highlands

  • a unique mounts by Czech standards; unlike other Czech mountains the Central Bohemian Highlands are of volcanic origin and therefore they consist of distinctively sharp solitary peaks
  • the range is about 75-80 km (45-50 mi) long, the Labe (de, en: Elbe) river cuts it in a half and creates south-western and north-eastern part
  • Nature Protected Area since 1976, densy network of marked tourist paths
  • Milešovka is its highest peak, 837m (2,748 ft); thanks to its sharp peak it looks visually higher than other peaks of such height elsewhere in Czech rep.
  • other recognizable peaks: Bořeň 539m, Buková hora 683m, Kletečná 706m, Lovoš 570m, Ostrý 553m, Raná 457m, Sedlo 726m
  • towns and cities with walkable distance from České středohoří hiking tours: Benešov nad Ploučnicí, Bílina, Česká Lípa, Děčín, Litoměřice, Louny, Lovosice, Třebenice, Ústí nad Labem, Úštěk
Ceske stredohori 50°35' N, 14°05' E



 

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Loket (de: Elbogen)

Urban protection reservation in western Bohemia

  • a hilltop town above the Ohře (de: Eger) river, on northern slopes of Slavkovský les (Slavkov Forest) mountains protecting Loket from every side
  • gothic castle with romanesque period elemets dominates Loket historical "skyline"; built up with historically valuable building almost exclusively
  • best to visit during numerous musical events and festivals
  • pop.: 3 k, 10 km (6 mi) from Sokolov, 14 km (9 mi) from regional center of Karlovy Vary, 140 km (90 mi) from Prague
Loket 50°11' N, 12°45' E



 

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Křtiny

It's getting warm outside, so let's take a bit of a freezing atmosphere.

  • a village and a pilgrimage place in a hilly Moravian Karst area
  • Church of the Name of the Virgin Mary, a robust Roman Catholic Church - important pilgrimage destination in Moravia and one of the most celebrated shrines in Central Europe
  • built by Jan Blažej Santini Aichel in 1771 in Baroque style with a couple of Gothic elements
  • Krtiny: 11 km (7 mi) from Blansko, nearest town and transport hub, 16 km (10 mi) from Brno, pop.: 800
Krtiny 49°18' N, 16°45' E



 

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Křivoklát

On a promontory over Berounka river valley there is one of most significant Czech castles to be found, guarding merchants' paths

  • one of most important residents of Bohemian Kings and Princes (Fürsts) during mid and late medieval times
  • Kosma Chronicle mentions Krivoklat as a hunting residence as early as in 1110-1113 period
  • although several times reconstructed, Romanesque and early Gothic elements still dominate the building core
  • Křivoklát village: pop.: 700, 17 km (11 mi) from Rakovník, 24 km (15 mi) from Beroun, 55 km (35 mi) from Prague
Krivoklat 50°02' N, 13°52' E



 
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