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CZ, Bohemian Paradise: Beautiful PLaces Southeast of Turnov – VIDEO

Published: 25.7.2017
Welcome to our latest addition of our tour across the Bohemian Paradise. This time we go southeast off Turnov. We are about to see beautiful rock towns surrounded by the Bohemian Paradise. We will fallow a red tourist trail dubbed the Golden Trail of the Bohemian Paradise.

The trail rouns southwards from Cesky Raj's square. It ascends midly across Masov  district. There are more and more nature along the way. Should you arrive by car, you can park your car at Pod Hlavatici restaurant. The Hruboskalsky Ridge begins at a lonely sandstone rock (380 m) dubbed Hlavatice. The oulook on its summit has been open since 1894. Now there is a metal (formerly wooden) spiral staircase. The vistas into the surrounding are splendid from the outlook.

Hruboskalsko s kulisou Ještědu

The trail then runs through forest. In about 10 minutes of walk you reach a stone bridge with copies of iriginal Baroque statues of Czech noblemen. This is the gateway Castle Valdstejn. If you travel by car, there is a charged car park under Valdstejn in Pelesany village.  This one is one of the oldest castles in the Bohemian paradise (its history dates back as far as to the 13th century). A Classicis-style exhibition is also an interesting place to visit. The ehxhibition is situated in the Ceremonial Hall. A saloon holding a portrait gallery (first floor), baroque church of St Jan of Nepomuk holding original Baroque statues once decorating the bridge before the gateway. Another interesting place here is a romantic terrace/ceiling of the Biliard Hall and stables. An exposition of beautiful fairy-tale costume is situated in the Ceremonial and Billiard Halls. The exposition display costumes related to fairy-tale pictures which were shot at this castle (e.g. Arabela or Prince Bajaja).

terasa na hradě Valdštejn

Hruba Skala chateau, which is dominant landmark on the ridge, is about 34 minutes of walk from this place. You will be thrilled as the trail goes just above the "rock town" of Hruboskalsko. If you go slightly off the road you will certainly reach some of the outlooks (U lvicka or na kapelu outlooks) with amazing vistas over the beautiful rock towers rising above deep forest. Maybe you'll spot some mountaineers climbing up. Then you walk along Bukovina arboretum. There grow douglas fir and other fir trees, tulip tree, and other trees.

horolezci na skalní věži v Hruboskalsku

V těchto místech se dole v údolí nacházejí bývalé lázně Sedmihorky, které využívaly místních pramenů, je škoda, že je nikdo neprovozuje. Kolem nich vede cesta k zámku Hrubá Skála. Hned při příchodu k zámku spatříte na mostě dvě velmi cenné sochy sv. Floriana a sv. Vavřince z období kolem roku 1730. To už jste nalevo minuli kostel sv. Josefa, do kterého jste mohli nahlédnout. V části zámeckého parku najdete sportoviště s lukostřelbou, slaňováním, lanové centrum atd. Jelikož je tento zámek stylovým hotelem s restaurací, je možné navštívit pouze nádvoří a zámeckou věž. Zámek s jeho okolím a výhledy je velmi romantickým místem, proto si zde mnoho párů řekne své ano. Obřady probíhají v malé zámecké zahrádce, kde nad hustými lesy sedí zřícenina hradu Trosky, jeden z největších symbolů Českého ráje.

zámek Hrubá Skála   bývalé lázně Sedmihorky

Trosky is very romantic ruin of Gothic castle situated on the top of a hill of the same name. The ruin consists of two towers. The Panna tower is the higher one and Baba the lower one. Once you pay the entrance fee you can explore the ruin in detail. There are outlooks on galleries on both tower. Three tourist trails run in Trosky's proximity.


Let's go back a bit to Podtrosecke valleyin the area between Hruba Rock and Trosky castle. There are amazing lakes. The yellow tourist trails following the shores of lakes Vezak, Krcak, Vidlak, Hrudka, and Rokytnicky Pond makes a wonderful place for a walk or a bike ride.

Hruboskalsko   Podtrosecké rybníky

Our last stop in the southeast of the Bohemian Paradise are the Prachov Rocks which you must visit. There are three scenic circuits in the rock formations. These run between rocks or across man-made rock outlooks. There is an entrance fee and you can move only along designated routec. The only exception are mountaineer of the Czech Mountaineer Association. Surely you will see some them climbing somewhere here.

The last article on the Bohemian Paradise will deal with its northeast territory. We will publish it next Tuesday.

GPS: (zřícenina hradu Trosky) 50°30'58.3"N 15°13'51.6"E


Text and video: Martina Brožková

Photos: Martina Brožková, Wikimedia Commons: Zdeněk Fiedler

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