Published: 7.8.2007
This small town is situated 70 kms in northeast direction of Prague. In 1498 the King Vladislav Jagellonský raised the community to a town, bringing many benefits. In the second half of 15th century there was formed a square surrounded with fortifications.

To the exhibited jewels, relating to this period, belongs also a monstrance, the  town is proud to its ownership now. The other interesting artefacts, you can admire, are several wooden houses of 18th and 19th century, the most important is Gansa House, situated on the square.

In 1877  the poet Fráňa Šrámek was born in Sobotka and since 1904 the well-known painter Václav Špála lived here. He could not look for the inspiration for his pictures far from the town. The nature of this countryside is really wonderful therefore is named Český ráj (Bohemian Paradise). Provided you visit Sobotka, it is worth to stay here for couple of days.

You can visit the castle of Humprecht (situated in the suburbs of the town) or take a 4 kms walk to Kost Castle. The Castle of Kost is a Gothic construction, built by Beneš Vartenberk in 1349. This castle has a speciality, that, in spite of the fact that it is situated on a hill, it is not to be seen from the surroundings, his tower has a trapezium ground-plan (protection against volleys of guns from conquestors), so it was quite difficult to conquest it.

Direct nearby of the castle there is small pond wher you can have a bath, do fishing or have a rest in the shade of chestnut-trees. If you are more active, would you walk into the near forests where you can climb some sandstone. Attention, while climbing!  

Text/foto: Štěpánka Svobodová



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