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CZ, Prague – Kunraticky Les

Published: 9.12.2021
Prague - the capital of the Czech Republic . It is home to many amazing sights, divine cuisine, even better bear and amazing treks into nature. Today, we take a look at one of its precious nature nooks - Kunraticky Les.

We started our trek to Kunraticky Les in Zelene Valley, concretely Zelena Meadow which is one of the entrance points to the forest. Here, you may find a small parking lot and a pleasant restaurant.

Kunratický les - gateway at Zelena Meadow

We begin our trip by acrossing a bridge above the Kunraticky brook. Then we turn left to U Krale Vaclava IV ccrossroad. There is an information board by the road. It makrs bike trails, trails and some points of interest situated along the nature trail. There are 14 information boards along the entire nature trail. It includes information on local fauna, flora, the forest and its cultivation.  

Kunratický les - bike trails

Kunratický les - nature trailKunratický les

Kunraticky Les stretches between four borroughs (Krc, Michle, Kunratice, Chodov). It is sort of a green island inside quite densely built-up area. Here people of any age can relax, hike or ride bikes. The forest features children playgrounds, many benches, summer houses, animal paddocks, wells, fortified lines of former Hussite camp, and a castle ruin.

Kunratický les

U Krale Vaclava IV restaurantKunratický les - children playground

When walking in the forest, you may even spot a moufflon. The forest area is of historic significance as King Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia owned it in the past and he hunted game here. The forest consist mostly of oak and spruce but you occassionally you may spot pine, lime tree or majestic dawn redwood. Trees are of different age. However, mostly there are many trees of hundred years and older. The City of Prague administers the forest and implements here sustainable develoment policy. Over 700 thousand visitors go here every year. Not every one of them behaves responsibly, though. However, we didn't spot any malevolent behavoir. The sidewalk was clean and forest seemed thriving.

Kunratický lesKunratický les - ordovician slate

Kunratický lesKunratický les

Once we reached U Krale Vaclava IV crossroad, we imediatelly continued to Novy Hradek castle ruin. The sidewalk followed the brook on the other side of which there were stone debris consiting of Ordovician slate. The terrain in forest make a unique biotope known as Nature Landmark of Udoli Kunratickeho Potoka. It wasn't before long when we found a board saying "culture landmark." We realized we must be under the castle ruin. As slopes are very steep here we further followed the sidewalk to K Hradku crossroad. By going further on and after several minutes later, we would reach a wooden bridge with the ruin of once important royal residence.

the bridge going towards Novy Hradek castle ruin

the ruin of Novy Hradek castle (reconstruction)the ruin of Novy Hradek castle

We approached the ruin to see it better. It was built by Bohemian King and Roman Emperor Wenceslaus IV of the Luxembourg dynasty. The castle was built between the years 1411 and 1412. Its name in Latin - Novum Castrum means New Castle and its name means the same in Czech. The ruler often resided in the castle and admited royal audiences including his brother Sigismund of Luxembourg. Also, King Wenceslaus IV died at this castle in the year 1419. In the year 1421, the castle was under siege and would be eventually conquered, plundered and heavily damaged. The castle has never been repaired and remained in ruinous state. Still, it is an amazing sight worth seeing. There are several information panels where you can learn about its importance and also see how it looked when it was complete. 

the ruin of Novy Hradek castle

Seeing the castle was the peak of our walk in the forest. We went back by following the same trail. As it was getting late, we visited local restaurant and enjoyed the end of a beautiful day. Moreover, we planned another walk in Kunraticky Les. For instance, we intended to see Dolnomlynsky pond and Kunraticky Miil, Labut pond and its northernmost part named Michelsky Les. Well, hopefully we will get there sometime in the future...

the bridge running towards Nový Hrádek castle ruin 

GPS: 50°01'26.7"N 14°28'00.0"E

Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút        

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