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CZ, Zlenice Castle – The Ruin Above the River Baths

Published: 15.3.2018
The castle dubbed often Hlaska thanks to its preserved tower, sits above the Senohraby outdoor swimming pool. Its founding dates back to the end of the 13th century. It used to be a residence of the Lords of Zlenice, an important noble family in the Sazava region.

Zlenice castle

The access road gets you to a car park below the castle. By crossing a small bridge by the outdoor swimming pool, it gets you to Bastirna restaurant. Then you hike through forest up mild hill to the remains of a cylindrical tower rising above the treetops. Below the castle, there are trails and bike trails crossing an area below the castle. It is only up to you which one you take to reach the castle ruin. Vodnicke Vychazky nature trail also goes through the area. It runs to Senohraby train station. A green tourist trail to Hrusice, the famous village of the Lada region, follows. In Hrusice, visit the native house of Josef Lada displaying his work and life.   

Zlenice castle

Zlenice castle   Zlenice castle

You may reach Senohraby via a yellow tourist trail, or by following a red tourist trail to Cercany or to Ctyrkol castle ruin. Then you can go further on along the River Sazava to  Chocerady. The Posazavi area has always been region popular aming hikers and paddlers. There are many activities for tourists, people who love sports or history.

Zlenice castle, signpost   Zlenice castle, trail

Zlenice castle was built a long time ago on a cliff on River Sazava's right bank. It featured ramparts, a lower castle, stables, and granaries. The  Mnichovsky stream flew around the castle making it thus accessible from two sides only via a draw bridge. The remains of the tower palace dominated the castle in the past. Its remains have been preserved till this day. A number of owners have owned the castle. In 1995, the castle compound, a sight of cultural significance, became maintained by a group of volunteers under Zlenice Society which together with Senohraby village rehabilitates, repairs, and makes presentations on this significant cultural sight of Zlenice castle and the outdoor swimming pool.

Zlenice castle, trail   Zlenice castle, Bastirna 

Zlenice castle, trail 

Historic river baths also belong to this amazing place. The structures there are very well preserved. It was here where Josef Lada found inspiration for his water goblin scenes.

In 2019, the outdoor swimming pool of Senohraby will celebrate 130 years since its foundation. The River Sazava ferry bout will experience its 90th year in 2021. The ferry from the outdoor swimming pool to Zlenice, one of the last of if its kind in Bohemia, can take you in front of Komoran Hotel with great kitchen.

river baths near Zlenice

Quiant Mnichovka valley and the River Sazava confluence are both popular tourist destinations. Tourists are present here in any season of the year. Bastirna operates only on weekend in winter. The outdoor swimming pool is free of charge in summer.

Zlenice castle, trail along the Sazava

GPS: 49°53'02.1"N 14°43'55.2"E

Text and photos: Monika Babická



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