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CZ, Krupka – Ore Mountains Town of Miners and Romantic Poets – VIDEO

Published: 12.11.2019
Not far from Teplice, the mining town Krupka is situated below the slopes of the Ore Mountains. Thanks to the romantic surroundings and the historical center of the town, it was popular with tourists already at the beginning of the 19th century. In 2019, Krupka became a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Erzgebirge mining region.

We begin our visit on the place of the former Krupka castle. Only outer walls rmain and one defence tower, however the location of the rocky promotory offers you a beautiful vista into the surroundings. Right below you, there Is Hussite Street which marks the original city center.

the ruins of Krupka castle   zřícenina hradu Krupka

Note the church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary from the 14th century and the wooden belfry they built here a century later. Just a bit lower is the hospital church of St. Spirit from the mid-15th century and underneath the inconspicuous Art Nouveau church of St Wenceslas.

the Assumption of the Virgin Mary church

In the valley, on the left side, you can see the pilgrimage church of Our Lady of Sorrows. Right next to it is the current city center in the part called Bohosudov. But let's go for a walk around the surrounding hills, which will give you some of the mining history here.

výhled z hradu, v pozadí kostel Panny Marie Bolestné

Krupka became famous mostly for tin mining. Two nature trails pass through the historical center - In the Footsteps of Miners and Border Mining Nature Trail. Both will lead you to the original adits and a few beautiful views.

Be sure to visit the Old Martin sightseeing gallery, which used to open the longest tin ore vein in Central Europe - the Lukáš vein. Opposite you can see a small open-air museum mining.

prohlídková štola Starý Martin   prohlídková štola Starý Martin

důlní vlak u prohlídkové štoly Starý Martin   důlní vybavení u prohlídkové štoly Starý Martin

The cableway to Komáří vížka also leads from Bohosudov. It offers a wide view of the Central Bohemian Uplands. České středohoří and a large coal basin in Most. You can also get up by car or bus. Follow the blue trail from here to the bottom and stop at the ruins of Kyšperk Castle.

Komáří vížka   Komáří vížka

The Ore Mountains are still one of the neglected regions and I think it is a great pity. I was very pleasantly surprised by the visit to Krupka.

GPS: 50°41'06.4"N 13°51'21.7"E

 

Text, photos, and video: Matouš Vinš



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