CZ, Ore Mountains – Hauenstejn also called Horni Castle
If you hike in less known and popular localities with less tourists to meet instead of picking places that look good in some travel brochure, than the place which is matter of today’s article is the best for you. Make a trip to Horni Castle which is near Straze nad Ohri.
The Ohre River meander in the west borderlands was picked as a place to built a border castle in the 13th century. The Ore Mountains cover its back. In the past, the area was less densely forested but enemy would cover easily in dense forests.
No details are known about castle’s foundation. Allegedly, Wenceslas II founded it. From that period, a cylindrical tower has been preserved. The tower was the core of the castle in its beginning. Today, a massive lime tree and grassy courtyard is on the rock. At Haunstejn, you learn about its history which is far from boring, especially the last 150 years which would make more sensitive people cry.
Large photos show the palace when it experienced its golden age until it was devasted after the war. The best years came after 1837. Gabriela Buquoy bought the castle then. She renovated it in the style of English Gothic revival. A comfortable and romantic castle appeared as the result. The present owner is trying to renovate it in the same spirit. Hitlerjungend had the castle at its disposal during the second world war as allowed by the Buquoys. In 1945, the castle was nationalized and operated as uranium mine workers quarters. Also, it was a student dorm until 1958. Then the castle was still in livable shape. However, the 30 years that followed caused it decay. All of the equipment had been stolen. Ceilings collapsed as well as lower floors. Only ruins was what remained of the castle.
Today, the castle has been brought back to life. For a small admission, you can walk wherever you like. Climb up the tower, visit the dining hall in a Gothic cellar, Knight’s Hall with original carved ceiling, or renovated Trophy Hall , and a cellar with a stylized hell. There your children would be amusingly frightened. Ruined palace with horizontal and vertical openings that is decorated with wooden statues. Every year new are carved during art workshops.
Cultural events are held on the castle on weekends. Behind the front entrance, there is a road going up to the chapel. From up there, you easily see the castle. The chapel is surrounded with an arboretum founded in the 1970s. Children on a school trip in here can stay over night. Also, a nature trail is suitable for them. The castle is opened daily during the season and on weekends and holidays from December to February.
The closest bus stop is 2 kilometers away. A car park is 400 meters from the castle gate.
GPS: 50°20'46.5"N 13°01'05.6"E
Text and photo: Radka Snížková
Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) is situated in narrow valley, at confluence of Teplá and Ohře-rivers, inside afforested countryside of Iron Ore Mountains. The locality became famous though its medical treatment (cure) as well as with its mineral springs.
Where to go with your children for the weekend? The Ore Mountains are ideal. There are many possibilities of accommodation - either in the highest situated Czech town Boží Dar, or perhaps in the quiet town Loučná pod Klínovcem.
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.
Our starting point for today's trip is the German town of Oberwiesenthal, which follows the Czech Loučná pod Klínovcem. We head to the village of Neudorf, about ten kilometers away.
On the lower reaches of the Ohře River lies the inconspicuous town of Louny. But do not at first glance, Louny definitely deserves attention. Whether as part of a trip to the Bohemian Uplands or to discover Czech history.
There is an incredible number of trails around Boží Dar. Especially for families with children, this is the ideal vacation spot that one can do all year round. The Krušné Mountains are not too high, so they can take a longer trip with their children. In winter there is a wealth of ski slopes and cross-country trails.
History of mining, and many letters to Baby Jesus written by the hand of kids as well as grown-ups.
Fichtelberg is 25 kilometers by air from Karlovy Vary. It is the highest mountain in the Ore Mountains but on theirs German side. It is a nice climb where you pass 1000 meters above sea level of altitude and you can see two countries from there.
The town of Klášterec nad Ohří is placed in a valley on left bank of Ohře river, 36 kms in eastern direction of Karlovy Vary in an altitude of 330 m above sea level.
Would the Mining and Cultural Landscape of the Ore Mountains became a part of the UNESCO world and nature heritage. Those introduced to the problem believe it would. Yet don’t wait on the decision of the commission. Go on your own to see small towns, settlements, mining sights, and wild nature.
In 1516, the owner of Ostrovske dominion, Stepan Slik, founded the settlement of Udoli sv. Jachyma near silver deposits. The settlement was inhabited mostly by settlers from neighboring Saxony. When the settlement’s status was changed to the free mining town, there lived 18 thousand people n 1533. It was the second most populous city in the Kingdom of Bohemia!
We invite you for a trip to the west Bohemia. You will see a renovated castle, castle ruin, timber framed houses, narrow-gauge railway, fascinating nature sights –moffettas in the nature reservation and elsewhere. So, off we go?
Sun beams peak from behind fluffy clouds to dry puddles on a forest path. Water flowing down the stream flows over bumpy bed. Dropplets covered moss covered trunks with drew. The air smells of needles and resin.
No one was born all-knowing. One has to try ferrates before knows their secrets. Where to find them? Near Czech-German borderline. There are ferrates of three difficulties and you can train there all day long without being disturbed by crowds of other ferrate fans.
The Ore Mountains are an ideal place for hiking, offering countless excursions. In winter, when there is enough snow, it turns into a cross-country paradise. There are so many great routes from Boží Dar that it would be a pity not to come here in winter.
Unlike in the 1990s, we don’t see very often some objects or reservations in the Czech Republic to be included to UNESCO’s World Heritage list. This rare occasion is about to happen again. The “Mining Culture Landscape of Erzgebirge/Krusnohori" applies to be part of the list. Czech and German (Saxon) officials have sent the application. If the land will become the part of UNESCO should be decided in the following year.
No doubt, Karlovy Vary belongs to most beautiful Czech spa towns. Local thermal sources healed famous personalities of the past, such as: Tzar Peter the Great, Paganini, Mozart or Freud. The town is situated at confluence of Teplá and Ohře-rivers.
The Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge in German) is the a unique area in the west of the Czech Republic a...
Louny is inconspicuous, but it deserves attention. Either as part of a trip to the Bohemian Uplan...
Krupka lies below the slopes of the Ore Mountains and we are not surprised that it is a UNESCO Wo...