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CZ, Český Jiřetín – A Forgotten Treasure of the Ore Mountains

Published: 24.12.2020
A small Ore Mountains village with only a hundred inhabitants lies on the very border with Germany. The local abandoned border crossing is located directly in Český Jiřetín and connects the village with the German settlement Deutschgeorgenthal, which belongs to the village Neuhausen.

From spring to autumn, Český Jiřetín and its surroundings are an ideal place for hiking and cycling. However, as soon as it snows, endless opportunities open up for skiers (especially beginners and families with children) and for cross-country skiers, for whom there is a cross-country ski freeway. Within reach is also the sports complex Klíny, where during the summer there is a bike park, bobsled track and now also a zipline, in winter the area turns into a ski resort.

kolem německé nádrže

We stay in a great cottage Český Jiřetín, whose nice owners offer well-equipped rooms with a large storage space for bicycles, a romantic pergola with barbecue and grilling for a very reasonable price near the small ski slopes Mlejnky and U Kostela. Český Jiřetín then has several pubs, a grocery store and clothes, and there is also trout fishing - you can try it for yourself. The village itself does not have many interesting monuments and places, it attracts more with its beautiful surroundings, but we can mention, for example, a monument to an American pilot or a local well.

kolem německé nádrže

kolem německé nádrže   kolem německé nádrže

Approximately 6 kilometers from Jiřetín there is a water reservoir with drinking water Fláje from 1963. You can book an interesting tour of the dam through the reservation system. In case of bad weather, however, it does not take place and due to the current epidemiological situation, the local information center mediating excursions is also temporarily closed. In the vicinity of the reservoir, however, there are countless beautiful hiking trails for leisure activities. One of the most beautiful paths leads along the Flemish canal from the seventeenth century.

výlet na kole k přehradě Fláje

výlet na kole k přehradě Fláje   výlet na kole k přehradě Fláje

However, Fláje is not the only reservoir in the vicinity of Český Jiřetín. The Rauschenbach reservoir is already located in Germany. A ten-kilometer hiking trail leads around it, at the almost end of which there are forests full of mushrooms. Be sure to bring the baskets with you during the season.

Approximately 4 kilometers from the cottage, on the 876 meter high hill Bradáčov, is worth a visit to the hunting lodge Lichtenwald. However, the castle after the Wallenstein family desperately needs reconstruction. It now belongs to a private individual and is not open to the public.

zámeček Lichtenwald

GPS: 50°41'11.1"N 13°33'32.3"E

Text: Veronika Schubertová

Photos: Veronika Schubertová, Wikimedia Commons: RomanM82

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