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CZ, Blansko – Rocky Mill

Published: 7.10.2015
Once we introduced you the new interactive exhibition in the Moravian Karst Nature House we move bit further. Today we talk about our starting locality which is called Rocky Mill. This one is unique for many reasons.

Rocky Mill is located at the meeting point of Pusty and Suchy Zlab near Punkevni Valley, the Moravian Karst National Reservation. There is a large car park, well actually two. Once you park your car there you can follow a nature trail leading to Macocha Gorge. Another option is to follow the Jan Smarda trail which takes you to caves, waterfall, and other interesting sights around. Moreover, there is the hotel of the same name which has been standing here for seventy years. Except for classic package of accommodation and restaurant you can also rent scooters and walking sticks for Nordic walking (for hotel guests only). Adjacent to the hotel there is Central Information Service office. There you can buy tickets to the caves in the Moravian Karst, boats in the Punkevni Cave, or a cable car and a small train that rides only seldom except for summer. Except for the mentioned structures such Salmovku, a hunting cottage built in the second half of the 19th century in the Swiss style. It used to be a property of the Salm-Reifferscheid family. Of course, we should mention souvenirs stores, and a model of the rocky mill which gave the name to the whole area.
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To clear some things – actually the rocky mill was originally a water mill built in the years 1763 to 1784. Then there was a small settlement with couple of houses belonging to log workers. However, the first written mention of the mill dates to 1353 but it is difficult to be certain if it is the same mill. Today, the hotel and restaurant stand on the place of the former mill. The water mill produced energy for ironworks using energy of the Punkva River. Of course, before the industrial revolution, such mills were used to grind grain. These mills were replaced with turbines on the brink of the 20th century.
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When we return to the Punkva River we can learn that its stream was adjusted in the 1930. Then Techov water dam was built, today it is known as “Jakubovo Lake”. The dam had enough water to supply the ironworks.
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Today the Rocky Mill locality is not popular for its history rather for its opportunities for tourism. For many, the territory is the gate to see caves such as Punkevni or Katerinske, or Macocha Gorge. We remembered the mill which once used to be very unique multipurposed object.

 

GPS: 49°21'48.1"N 16°42'30.5"E (car park)

Text and photo: Oskar Mažgút



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