CZ: Brdy, Plesivec – Up to the Olymp of Brdy
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.
Archeological excavations revealed remains of a stronghold probably founded by the members of Knoviz culture thriving in late Bronze age. Many Bronze artifacts were found here in the early modern age but most of the got lost. Bronze things were regularly given to children or blacksmiths bought them and added to iron. The stronghold was situated in considerably high altitude in midst of wild forest. However, there is significant probability that it was not permanently settled. Rather it was a temple or a place of worship or place where bronze craftsmen met.
The Monsters and Deamons of Brdy
Many interesting trails run to Plesivec. Horovice, Rpety, Lochovice or Hostomice can be your point of start. You may park your car anywhere around here or you may travel there by bus or train. Jinec is also close and from here runs Z Jinec na Olymp Brd nature trail. Plesivec is veild in many legends and it is home to many mysterious creatures and pagan gods. Pan Fabian, the lord of Brdy, often comes here. He resides on Velka Baba nad Hostomicemi hill. Also, the snake queen who rides a white deer through forests. On St John's holiday, witches gather here and sometimes even a dragon comes to here from Konicek hill situated opposit to Velka Baba. There is a legend related to Certova Kazatelna vantage point which tells a story of the devil who cursed local sinful town.
The nature trail starts at Jinec train stop. The trail then pass the birth house of violonist Josef Slavik, and Barbora iron furnace. This one is the only structure of its kind in Europe. Passing Peovak pond, the trail runs to place known as Vinice (vineyard), a site rich on finding trilobites. Then the trial goes through Berin village, Klinek crossroad, passes the tomb of the unknown freedom fighter, and goes to Plesivecky Viklan, a stone situated at the edge of a debris field. Tourists like to raise stone towers here. Unfortunatey, the debris doesn't move at all nowadays.
We can reach emerald lake by getting off the nature trail and then following a yellow marked tourist trail for about 1.5 kilometer. The lake is actualle a flooded stone quarry. In spring, the water in it gets emerald tone. There is another way to get to the lake.From the top of Plesivec hill. Here you would follow a green tourist trail which gets you to Nad Jezirkem crossroad. In case you made a trun off the nature trail going to the lake we then follow a green tourist trail going uphill. After 1.5 kilometers of hike we reach this legendary mountain.
The Vista over Brdy
Leaving Certova Kazatelna situated on the top of Plesivec hill offers an amazing vista over the Jinecko region as well as Horovice. Also, you may see the Brdy mountains and their highest mountain - Tok. There are three distinct major ridges, especially Konicek. A rocky platform on the top of Plesivec. It resembles a stone sidewalk with a sea of stone under it.
The nature trail runs to Rejkovice. It passes the location known as Stara Vrata (Old Gate). Formerly, it was a gateway to a Celtic stronghold. Then the trail goes steeply downhill and runs around Masne Kramy location. It was this place which cattle stealing bandits used as their hideout. They then took the cattle to Plesivec where they slaughtered it. When going from Rejkovice, the trail the goes to Kresin and ends in Jince. Should you find yourself, take a train at Rejkovice. The village is situated on the train line between Zdice and Pribram.
GPS: 49°48'41.5"N 13°59'20.2"E
Text and photos: Eliška Gregorová
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quarantine gives us basically the only way to enjoy the fresh air, and these are walks in the wild, ideally in places where we will be alone. Let's stop panicking for a while and let us enjoy the quiet observation of the awakening nature. It is beauty!
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.
The dams on the Litavca River situated in the Brdy region were founded for the needs of the mines of Pribram. Today, these reservoirs feed Pribram and surrounding towns and villages with water.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The legendary Tremsin hill is surrounded by amazing forests of Brdy. Also, it is featured in some local legends.
Mining industry is one of the things that made Pribram well known. This town is also a place of Svata Hora pilgrimage site. Today we are about to visit the town of Brezove Hory.
Pribram is situated at the edge of the Brdske uphills. This area is known for high mining activity in the past. Also, it is one of the most well-known sites of pilgrimage in the Czech Republic.