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Bouzov

A popular place for fairy tale film casts in north-western Moravia.

  • originally a fortress, first mentioned in 1317. It was built on a hill between the villages of Hvozdek and Bouzov in sothern part of the Zábřeh Highlands
  • the castle ground plan is horseshoe-shaped; the castle is enhanced by several towers
  • the castle has been used in a number of film productions lately, including Arabela, Fantaghirò, and Before the Fall.
  • Bouzov village pop.: 1.5 k; 18 km (11 mi) west from closest town of Litovel; 34 km (22 mi) northwest from the regional center of Olomouc; 245 km (155 mi) from Prague

Bouzov 49°42' N, 16°53' E



 

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Hamr lake (jezero Hamr)

Actually a fishpond, but locally known by a more prestigious name of a Lake.

  • pictured: one of three sandy beaches at northern bank of the lake; overlooked by Kalvárie hill (354 m / 1,161 ft)
  • Hamr was founded in 16th century. It became a popular recreation destination by the end of 19th and the beginning of 20th century
  • Hamr na jezere pop.: 400; 16 km (10 mi) from closest town of Mimoň; 30 km (19 mi) from regional center of Liberec; 105 km (65 mi) from Prague

Hamr na jezere 50°42' N, 14°50' E



 

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Ledeč nad Sázavou

Just a pleasant picture from western part of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands :).

  • the Ledeč nad Sázavou Castle is the landmark of the town, pictured: the Castle cramped between a railway track and the Sázava river
  • the castle was built in the early Gothic style in the first half of the 13th century, and later was rebuilt in Renaissance and Baroque styles. It has a unique sgraffito decoration of the ceiling of the renaissance hall
  • pop.: 5 k; 30 km (19 mi) from closest town of Havlíčkův Brod, 55 km (35 mi) from regional center Jihlava, 90 km (55 mi) from Prague

Ledec nad Sazavou 49°42' N, 15°17' E



 

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Šobes

A famous vineyard track in Znojmo wine area, unique by Czech or even central European standards.

  • terrace vineyard track above the valley of Dyje river within the Podyjí National park
  • specific microclimate of Šobes makes a specific taste of local wines, ones of the most popular grown in Czech republic
  • accessible by yellow marked hiking track from Hnanice village (2.5 km / 1.5 mi), red marked hiking track from Havraníky village (3.5 km / 2 mi) or blue marked hiking track from Podmolí village (5.5 km / 3.5 mi)
  • Hnanice village pop.: 400; 6.5 km (4 mi) from Retz, Austria, 11 km (7 mi) from nearest Czech town of Znojmo, 75 km (45 mi) from regional center of Brno, 215 km (135 mi) from Prague

Sobes 48°49' N, 15°59' E



 

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Kutná Hora

After a long time let's present one Czech UNESCO site.

  • the centre of Kutná Hora, including the Sedlec Abbey and its ossuary, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 because of its outstanding architecture and its influence on subsequent architectural developments in other Central European city centres
  • among the most important buildings in the town are the Gothic, five-naved St. Barbara's Church (pictured), begun in 1388, and the Italian Court, formerly a royal residence and mint, which was built at the end of the 13th century
  • other sights: of the Gothic Church of the Assumption of Our Lady and Saint John the Baptist and the Jesuit College
  • pop.: 21 k; 13 km (8 mi) from closest bigger town of Kolín, 80 km (50 mi) from Prague

Kutna Hora 49°57' N, 15°16' E



 

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Úterý

A tiny but nice place being known for its funny name, literally meaning Tuesday.

  • the town centre is well preserved and is protected by law as an urban monument zone; one smallest Czech municipalities with town status (large part of Úterý are recreational objects)
  • pictured: market square partly consisting of timbered and half-timbered houses
  • pop.: 500 souls; 37 km (23 mi) from regional center of Plzeň, 130 km (80 mi) from Prague

Utery 49°56' N, 13°00' E



 

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Šumava foothills

When south-western highlands become mountains.

  • less touristy than actual Šumava slopes and tourist resorts, but I won't say not less attractive
  • the 1,094 m (3,589 ft) high Libín hill upon the town of Prachatice is the tallest height spot within the Šumava foothills
  • Prachatice town pop.: 11 k; 45 km (28 mi) from regional center of České Budějovice, 155 km (95 mi) from Prague

Sumava foothills ~ 49°00' N, 14°00' E



 

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Liberec

The northernmost Czech regional center.

  • situated in Nisa river basin surrounded by Jizera mountains from the East and by Ještěd massive from the West
  • Ještěd peak (1012 m / 3,320 ft) TV tower and hotel is one of city landmarks; built by Karel Hubáček in 1973, won August Perret price the same year
  • a winter sport center and Nordic Skiing 2009 World Champs holder; Slovan Liberec belongs to better football clubs in top Czech league, relatively recognized in Europe
  • tram network system combines 2 track gauges (within one track) what is a unique solution (narrow track provides trams to neighboring town of Jablonec)
  • in mid 19th century Liberec became an important textile industry center and 2nd most populated city in Bohemia after Prague
  • pictured: Liberec overview with Ještěd peak on the horizon
  • pop.: 104 k; 110 km (70 mi) from Prague, 270 km (170 mi) from Berlin, DE


 

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Český Těšín

There are few cities around the world divided into two countries. In central Europe, it is a case of Těšín/Cieszyn.

  • the name Český Těšín exists since 1920 as the town of Těšín (pl.: Cieszyn, de: Teschen) was divided to its Czechoslovak part west of Olza river (railway station, industrial areas and named Český Těšín) and Polish part east of Olza river (historical center and kept named just Cieszyn); after a problematic post Austria-Hungarian 1918-1920 period (incl. a Seven days war in 1919)
  • about 15% of locals declare Polish nationality up to date, 4% Slovak nationality
  • the town was obviously not found in 1920, but in 1155 what means it is one of the oldest towns in both Poland and Czech rep.
  • in Czech republic quite known for its paper mills; all exercise books I have ever used at school were produced and marked as Český Těšín Papers
  • pictured: Český Těšín town hall by Vilém Richter; in neo-renaissance style built in 1928 - 1929
  • pop.: 23 k; 35 km (22 mi) from regional center of Ostrava, 40 km (25 mi) from Bielsko-Biała PL, 400 km (250 mi) from Prague... you can't go much more far from the capital


Cesky Tesin 49°45' N, 18°37' E



 

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Anyone remembers a 2004 teen trash comedy Euro Trip? Here's the location "Bratislava", actually set in Milovice, Czechia. By the by, the town also featured in a horror movie Hostel.

In Euro Trip, 2004:


in real life, Milovice, today

 

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Hostinné

Hostinné is known for its paper mill. The tradition of this industry started here in 1835 and for the extensive Franciscan monastery.

  • a small town situated under the Krkonoše mountains, upon the very upper part of the Elbe river (still looking like a stream here)
  • pictured: Hostinné town hall from mid 15th century; in 1641 statues of giants were added :). A bit kitchy, a bit funny, yet I somewhat like them
  • pop.: 4 k; km (mi) from nearest bigger town of Vrchlabí, km (mi) from district center of Trutnov, km (mi) from regional center of Hradec Králové, km (mi) from Prague

Hostinne 50°23' N, 15°43' E



 

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Jemniště

Czech capital is surrounded by a chain of nobility residences, let's present Jemniště today.

  • originally renaissance residence; reonstructed to a late baroque one in 1724-1725 by Czech architect František Maxmilián Kaňka
  • Jemniště chateau includes an English-style park which was found in the beginning of 19th century. It consists of several exotic trees including Chinese meta-sequoias
  • pop.: 77 souls; 10 km (6 mi) from Benešov, 55 km (35 mi) from Prague

Jemniste 49°45' N, 14°47' E



 

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Punkevní jeskyně (en: Punkva cave)

One of caves open to public which belongs to the Moravian Karst system.

  • found in 1909, consequently being discovered by a speleologist Karel Absolon till 1933
  • a popular tourist attraction for casual visitors to the region, in addition to cavers and advanced technical divers (about 200,000 visitors per year)
  • among the Moravian Karst cave system, Punkva cave tourist path is the only one which includes a boat ride on a subterranean Punkva river
  • Vilémovice village pop.: 350; 10 km (6 mi) from closest bigger town of Blansko, 35 km (22 mi) from regional center of Brno, 240 km (150 mi) from Prague

Punkevni jeskyne 49°22' N, 16°43' E



 

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Nebílovy

There are several nobility residences surrounding the city of Plzeň, Nebílovy is one of them.

  • older renaissance manor was rebuilt into a baroque by architect and builder Jakub Auguston, probably according to the project of imperial architect J. L. Hildebrandt
  • Nebílovy Chateau consists of two buildings facing each other which used to be connected by arcade corridors and terraces along their sides
  • pop.: 400; 17 km (11 mi) from Plzeň, 100 km (60 mi) from Prague

Nebilovy 49°38' N, 13°26' E



 

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Rumburk

Don't forget your cap and gloves, this place is far north by local standards.

  • the town is situated upon Mandava river in Lusatian Highlands in so called Šluknov Hook in northernmost Czech republic
  • pictured: market square consisting of decently impressive historical buildings as well as of two 1970s modernism eyesores
  • pop.: 11 k; 40 km (25 mi) from closest bigger town of Děčín, 65 km (40 mi) from regional center of Ústí nad Labem, 130 km (80 mi) from Prague

Rumburk 50°57' N, 14°33' E



 
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