CZ: Brdy – Basic Information and Description of the Area
In the comming weeks we are about to see some of the most beautiful places in Brdy. First, however, we talk about Brdy protected nature area in general. It is one of the newest protected nature areas in the Czech Republic being established in January 2016. Therefore, areas which were of once restricted access.
Characterizing Nature of the Area
Brdy is the largest inland mountain range and also one of the oldest ones. Brdy include the Pribramska Highlands making its easter part. There you may find deep forests, iron quarries, and areas famous for fossil findings.
During your hikes in Brdy, you can encounter many protected animals and flowers such as Siberian iris, globeflower, autumn crocus Moreover, stone crafish ,ay be encountered here as well as salamander or alpine newt. Of birds you may spot common snipe or black stork.
Tidbits about Military Zone's History
The military zone was founded despite large disapproval which was joned by important public figures of the time (in May 1930). However, restricted areas were established only within shooting ranges. Yet still, tourists liked to visit Brdy. Shootings were announced ahead. Meanwhile, the forests were open to access. In the WWII, some changes were made. The military zone was ceased by the German army and enlarged the area which resulted in many villages along the borderline having their dwellers moved out. The new shooting range wasn't put into operation. Therefore, many of the villages were resettled.
The military zone had restricted access to non-military personnel. Many locals, however, trespassed. Small areas around the zone were opened to the public first in 2007. First, this was only on weekends and national holidays. The military zone ceased to exist in January 2015. On January 1, 2016, the Brdy nature protected area was established. The army left for itself only about 50 km2 in a triangle between Obecnic–Zajecov–Jince.
Many guerilla fighters hid in Brdy in the WWII. There are many memorials and crosses remembering freedom fighters. Also, a demarcation line ran across Brdy.
Specific Features of the Landscape
The former military compound was redeveloped. Nevertheless, we recommend to follow solely marked tourist trails, including Jordan and Tok projectile landing areas. Moreover, keep in mind there are no structures in the central part of Brdy. Moreover, hunting lodges are not plottedo n the map and also are not accessible to the public. So, to buy any snack you need to travel to the outskirts of Brdy. There are many wells in Brdy with drinking water. Keep in mind, water surfaces within Brdy contain drinking water. Therefore, it is forbidden to swim there.
In deep forests of Brdy, there is no cell signal. Therefore, take a paper map with you. Tourist trails are not yet finished. It is easy to get lost here. Easier that you might think.
Brdy is criss crossed by asphalt roads, remnants of the time when the entire area belonged to the military. Today, these roads are heavily used by bikers and roller-skaters. In winter, you may encounter many cross-country skiers.
GPS: 49°45'14.7"N 13°58'17.9"E
Text: Eliška Geregorová
Photos: Eliška Gregorová, Wikimedia Commons: Public domain
In what other season when everything blossoms, one should this chateau? Also, the state chateau located in Mnisek pod Brdy, is extraordinary. Especially a park there.
Praha is an easy-to-spot hill towering above Nepomuk, behind the highest mountain of the Brdy - Tok. It lags behind only three meters. On its top is a meteorological radar and there are also remains of a German radar station.
Outside everything blooms, birds sing and everything is kind of cheerful. After a long winter, most of us long to go out into the wild and enjoy the first spring rays. With us you can go for one such walk.
Kloboucek is a bit in the shadow of Tok, Prague, Tremosna and other known peaks, but it is definitely worth a visit. Kloboucek is easily accessible from nearby Obecnice and a new forest trail leads to it.
Zavírka and Linkův Cross are among the most mysterious places in the Brdy, which are associated with many legends. In winter you can also get to Zavírka on cross-country skis and the mysterious Link Cross will be best sought during the period of vegetation calm, so both places are ideal tips for a winter trip to Brdy.
Years ago, Brdce was thought of as a suitable place for an American radar base, but attention then turned to Břízkovec above the Padrť ponds. Fortunately, these plans came to fruition and we can now enjoy beautiful nature in Brdy.
Vrch Nad Maráskem is located near the village of Míšov in the southern part of Brdo and is not one of the most famous. Which is a shame, because it offers great views and a walk through the surrounding forests, but at this time it is rather a welcome fact. You will avoid crowds of excursionists. A hike to this hill can easily be combined with a visit to nearby Třemšín.
Vrch nad Příbramí, where a small wooden chapel for hermits originally stood, has changed over the centuries to the most famous place of pilgrimage in Bohemia. In the 17th century, an extensive building with cloisters and several chapels was built here. The procession of pilgrims is constantly heading here for the statue of the Virgin Mary of Mount Athos.
Koruna is located in the heart of Brdy near Strašice and belongs to the group of Brdy octopuses. In addition to beautiful forests and nature, the place also boasts an interesting history.
The Brdy village of Vacíkov became known mainly due to the activities of the local civic association fighting gold mining on Petrášek Mountain. The good news is that his efforts are not in vain and we can go to the forests around Vacík full of mushrooms, forest fruits and also many historical and natural attractions even today.
Snowy Brdy have their magic, and more and more cross-country skiers are attracting in the winter season. There are many forest paths in the area in the winter, and if you are lucky, you will also find traces of trails. You can go for example up the dominant of the region of Pribram - Tremosna or somewhat deeper into the Brdy forests up to Skelna Hut.
The Brdy is a place to visit not only in summer. They are magical as well when covered in snow. Both Houpak and the former Jordan impact area were only recently opened to the public. Houpak is an ideal place with perfect panoramatic vista. People who like long trips will love it here.
This picturesque town is an ideal starting point for trips to the southern part of the Brdy, but it also boasts an interesting history and is connected with the work of many interesting personalities.
Mnisek pod Brdy located below Brdsky Ridge, is a great place to set off on a trip around beautiful surroundings of Brdy. The town it self is also interesting.
In the beginning of the year 2016 there will be the last chance for tourists to walk in a vast forest area they have never been to before. There are not even signs for tourists. The closed military area of Brdy will be open to the public. It means that only 90 kilometers from the south end of Prague you will have an opportunity to walk somewhere beyond Rozmital through the woods without stumbling upon any settlement or a busy road!
The legendary Tremsin hill is surrounded by amazing forests of Brdy. Also, it is featured in some local legends.
Plešivec, výrazný protáhlý kopec v blízkosti Jinec, není možné přehlédnout. Místo patří k těm nejtajemnějším, jaká můžeme v Brdech najít. Váže se k němu mnoho pověstí.
If you leave Pribram for Plzen, you would travel across Bohutin. From its beginning to its end. The town has the history of mining. Its strategic location makes it a great place to make trips to the Brdy.
Don't worry and go to the Brdy in winter as well. Local landscape is beautiful in any season of the year.
The highest peak of the Brdy is situated in once military area which was even not accessible on the weekends and bank holidays. Once the Brdy National Park was opened, you can beat this mountain, finally.
The largest pond in the Pilsen region is located in the middle of the Brdy forests and not far from the remains of many defunct sites.
I have been going to the Brd area for a very long time. I read a lot of articles about this mysterious area and wanted to explore it with my own eyes and also with my own feet on a bicycle.
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Mnisek pod Brdy is a charming town in the land around the foot of Brdsky Ridge, a place where gol...