CZ, Lomnice nad Lužnicí: A City Surrounded with Ponds
The town was founded around a castle, which was founded here by the Vítkovci family in the 13th century. To this day, however, only the castle chapel of St. Wenceslas Square, which is rebuilt into a church. Today, it is located right next to the bus stop and serves as an exhibition and concert hall. After the Hussite wars, the town fell into the hands of the Rosenbergs, who not only built the famous Golden Drain, which flows around the town, but also began to establish ponds. The largest of them is Dvořiště, with an area of 337 hectares it is the fourth largest pond in the whole Czech Republic. Koclířov or the Velký and Malý Tisý ponds are also well known.
In Lomnice you can relax on the spacious square, which is decorated with the building of the Neo-Renaissance town hall, there is also the seat of the local information center. In addition to the aforementioned church of St. Wenceslas Church in the city is also the church of St. John the Baptist. If you take the road towards him towards the village of Záblatí, you will get to the first panel of the Velký Lomnický nature trail. It is located at the turnoff to the meadow path on the right side of the road.
The first section of the trail leads around Zlatá stoka and the Vydymač pond. Then it bypasses Velký Lomnický rybník, a part of the road leads along the edge of the field, the final section passes along the dam separating Velký and Malý Lomnický rybník. The trail measures 6.5 km and leads through a flat pond landscape. It focuses mainly on local nature and waterfowl. On the route of the trail there is a posed, a tower and a cover for watching birds that nest on the pond, 15 panels provide information about the local nature.
Another very important nature reserve, not only from an ornithological point of view, extends around the Malý and Velký Tisý ponds (one kilometer from the town). Velký Tisý is one of the most important nesting and gathering sites for birds in our country, in addition to herons and geese, the sea eagle also stops here. Remains of sedge-peat bogs with typical representatives of these habitats, such as marsh cranberry or round-leaved sundew, have also been preserved here.
Nadějská Pond Network
To make matters worse, the popular Nadějská pond system is located near Lomnice nad Lužnicí. It consists of ponds with poetic names such as Love, Hope, Faith, Deed, Blaník, Soft, Spotted, Rod or Pleased, the individual bodies of water are often separated from each other only by dikes. The system was started by Jakub Krčín, who built only three ponds - Naděje, Potěšil and Skutek. The others are the work of Josef Šusta and were created in the 19th century.
The best way to get to the system is from the village of Klec, located 3 kilometers from Lomnice nad Lužnicí, even closer it is from the nearby village of Frahelž, which is located on the train line connecting Veselí nad Lužnicí with České Velenice. From the railway station, it is about half a kilometer walk to the Naděje dam. A green tourist sign leads here, passing through the preserved remnants of the floodplain forest.
Text and photos: Eliška Gregorová
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