CZ, Kasperske Hory: A Town Guarded by Kasperk – VIDEO
A town near Castle Kasperk, well, actually below it, is a gem of Sumava. Right at the first sight many tourists fall in love with it. It is an ideal base camp for trips to the surroundings; either by walk or by bike.
Sumava after depopulation of border zone comes back into the spotlight. One would say even a golden era. Near Kasperske Hory, then called Reichenstein, “wealthy rocks” in translation, there were more than three hundred gold mills in the John of Luxembourg era. Then Kasperske Hory was the most efficient gold mining area in the country. That was the reason for Charles IV, John’s son, to build a guarding castle of Kasperk.
The City with the whole package
When there was gold below Kasperk the whole activity in the area was focused on the mines. Today visitors are rather on the ground. Small yet cozy town inhabit about 1500 people. They know how to host their visitors and how to accommodate them as well. The is situated on a hill and it is like on one of Josef Lada’s paintings. Although he stayed rather near Prague. Every house has a new dutifully made façade. The church takes almost whole center of a oblong square. It certainly isn’t in a state of decay. The restaurants there offer mostly the best to their customers. Local infocenter situated in the town-hall doesn’t underestimate needs of the tourists.
Those wanting really comfortable accommodation should visit Hotel Kasperk with perfect service and cuisine. Right next to it is Park Hotel Tosch that has in addition wellness and a cave to heal people with all kinds of diseases. This is allegedly the only hotel the Czech Republic that includes speleotherapy in its services.
Kasperky in winter and summer
As we mentioned, the main sight at the square and, well, the whole city, is a large church of St Margareta that is easy to see from a great distance. This 14th century building has three naves, so it is a really monumental building and it has a high tower. The visitors also might notice the town-hall with three baroque gables and a tower. Originally it used to be a Renaissance building where Jiri Loksan, a possessor of Kasperk Castle, used to live. Also, worth seeing is St Nicolas church, cemetery chapel of St Anne, or pilgrimage church of the Virgin Mary of Snow, and some of local museums as well.
Nice diversification to your trip in Sumava might be a valk to Sibenicni Hill and pillory. Kasperske Hory is also a winter resort ideal for beginners.
Who would intend to plan his holidays in summer only, so he would loss a lot of pleasure. So, when it is not too cold, as in this year, the water level will change into a space, hidding unprecedented possibilities.
The town was founded embraced by the wide valley of the Otava River under the Svatobor ridge as early as the arrival of the Slavs. The wealth of Sušice brought mostly gold panning in the Otava and the Golden Path. But the most famous dry goods are undoubtedly Solo matches. The factory for their production was built in 1839 in the city and operated until 2008.
On the border of the Šumava Nature Park and the Kochánov Nature Park you can find a village called Javorná next to the main road from Klatovy to Železná Ruda. Stop for a moment at the local church of st. Anna with unique shingle towers or Javorna straight as a great base for walking and cycling around.
Handsome decorating peaks of Sumava is the highest standing royal castle in Bohemia. Kasperk Castle seems unconquerable to many tourists even today when it is not necessary to defend against enemy attacks.
Are you not sure where to go in the Sumava? In case car is not a option for you, Mount Spicak and its surroundings are great option. The nature is amazing, vistas great and there are two glacial lakes.
Susice is famous for its factory on matches production. Among the paddlers it is known for its camp. It is from there when many of them start their journey on the Otava river. Its locationa on the very border with Sumava National Park and Landscape Park Sumava makes it important for tourism.
Klatovy city makes an important point for life in a relatively inhospitable region. Farther west, near the borded, is not enough work, so when you do not want there to farm as a farmer, you have to go to the city - for work, entertainment, shopping or knowledge.
A very pleasant welcoming we have got at City Hall, in the same pleasant city of Klatovy. Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the civic association of Klatovy Catacombs Václav Chroust stopped his work for a while and showed us a local town hall, cool mystical underground, but mainly a rich history of the city.
In the restaurant we were stopped by youngster who asked as in German if we know by chance know the exchange rate Czech crown against the euro. On the square in Domažlice spoke German and naturally as if Hitler had won the war and finally took the whole Czech territory.