CZ, Visiting Lookout Towers in Bohemia and Moravia I
The situation at the moment is such that you can also travel abroad, but many people have decided to stay in the Czech Republic in the summer to support local entrepreneurs. And it's not a bad idea at all. Here are some tips on where to go.
We will first head to South Moravia. In recent years, several remarkable lookout towers have sprung up here. The Slunečná lookout tower in Velké Pavlovice has been surrounded by vineyards since 2009. If you want to enjoy the view of the countryside, you have to climb 75 steps. It is 18.6 m high. You can refresh yourself in the kiosk and not forget about souvenirs. In the summer months, you can relax here in the shade. In winter, the lookout tower is not open.
The Kobylí vrch lookout tower or Stezka nad vinohrady trail, which is located about 7.5 km from Slunečná, at the highest point of the village of Kobylí, was established in 2018. You park under the hill and then just go up a good hill. The reward for you is building a unique spiral look. It is the only barrier-free lookout tower in the Czech Republic. From here you can admire not only the adjacent vineyards, but also Pálava, in good weather even the peaks of the Alps. And to make the hike even better, on the wooden boards you will walk on, there are arrows with interesting places and information about the village Kobylí.
When we move to Central Bohemia, the queen of the Bohemian Central Mountains - Milešovka (837 m above sea level) rises there. If you want to get to the lookout tower, you have to climb the hill again. There are four hiking trails, so it only depends on your condition, which you choose.
Another lookout tower that we will explore is Vrátenská mountain. You can find Vrátenská mountain about 6 km from Mšen at an altitude of 598 m above sea level. The lookout tower itself was not very attractive for us, but as far as the view is concerned, it is unforgettable. You can admire the views in all directions of the Kokořín region - through Trosky to Bezděz. The picturesque Nosálova valley is another reason to go for a walk or a bike.
GPS: Milešovka 50°33'18.7"N 13°55'53.6"E
Text and photos: Veronika Kocmanová
Another tip for an active weekend in the Czech Republic is a visit to the beautiful Kokořínsko area. There are ideal conditions for hikers, but recently Kokořínsko has become more and more known to cyclists and especially bikers. There are so-called Kokostezky (Kokořínské stezky), which are forest paths, footpaths and trails around the castle Kokořín, but also Housky and partially reach up to Bezděz.
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.
The Blue Mountains region is located in southern Moravia and unites the villages of Kobylí, Vrbice, Bořetice, Němčičky and Velké Pavlovice. Today we will ride a bike from Kobylí through Bořetice, Vrbice and Velké Pavlovice. This circuit has 25 relatively undemanding kilometers and a large number of attractions await us on the route, which are worth seeing.
The term Moravian Tuscany has only appeared in the last few years. This undulating part of South Moravia with its colorful fields and vineyards really resembles the famous region of Italy. No wonder it is very popular among photographers from all over the world who come here to create their best images. And not just among photographers.
When the Creator was giving he was particularly generous to the south Moravians. Thus, they could call their land the “land of wine.” He gave them the most sun in the Czech lands as well as warm climate doing good to grapes but bolstering recreational activities as well – for instance at Vranovska dam, Brnenska dam or on the lakes near Palava. So what waits here for visitors? Great Moravian landmarks, castles, chateaus, sacral buildings, great works of engineering, border fortresses, and beautiful places in nature. There is no coincidence in south Moravia being the second most interesting locality for tourists right next to Prague.
South Moravia is often called the land of sun and wine. The number of cultural sights of different historic periods is without parallel in th Czehc Republic. However, no other architectonic style is more present here than the Baroque.
We will end our series from the surroundings of Bobrůvka and Loučka on the ruins of the Košíkov guard castle. We will be happy to recommend a trip to it to all lovers of nature and a quiet trip.
Northwest of Brno, a short distance from Tišnov, lies the town of Lomnice in a picturesque valley. The local baroque church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary attracts visitors from a distance, and the local chateau or the former Jewish quarter and synagogue are also worth seeing. Let's go to Lomnice together.
The valley of the Bobrůvka and Loučka rivers offers many romantic nooks and Trenckova gorge near the village of Drahonín certainly belongs among them. Let's go on a slightly adventurous trip over rocks and gorges to a rock gorge with an interesting history.
The historic town of Tišnov is known to most people in connection with the famous monastery of Porta Coeli in the neighboring Předklášteří. But Tišnov itself is definitely worth a visit, let's go to it together now.
Near the village of Nedvědice stands one of our most impressive Gothic castles, in the Middle Ages the main seat of the influential lords of Pernštejn. Let's go to it together and take a look at the completed generous reconstruction of its gardens.
Spring is on and the tourist season is underway. Go to nature, culture and do some sightseeing. There are countless of them in the Czech Republic and today you can see Pernštejn Castle with us.
Near Bystřice nad Pernštejnem on the eastern edge of the Vysočina region, today we will visit the picturesque landscape around the Bobrůvka and Libochovka rivers. Ruins, ponds and majestic rocks await us.
Mutěnice (Mutenitz in German) is a village in the South Moravian Region in the district of Hodonín. They are about 10 kilometers away from the district town of Hodonín, to the northwest. Mutěnice has over 3,700 inhabitants and the cadastral area of the village is approximately 3,237 hectares. The Mutěnický stream flows through the village. The village is located at an altitude of 170-265 meters above sea level.
Although it is a small village, it offers quite a lot of tourist attractions and destinations. The picturesque village of Petrov boasts the Plže Nature Reserve, where you will find unusual wine cellars. Those who like wine will certainly not despise this village, because the area of the local cellars has a really magical atmosphere. The famous Baťa canal also flows through the village, where there is a lot of traffic in the summer months. There are plenty of bike paths in the area, so this area is also ideal for sports lovers.
The Holedná game reserve is absolutely exceptional, because not only children but also adults have the opportunity to see and admire the life of wildlife with their own eyes, as it is a purpose-built hunting facility used for professional breeding of mouflon and fallow deer on an area of 327 ha. Although the game reserve is thoroughly fenced on all sides so that the animals do not escape, the whole area looks very large and unrestrained.
It seems that this year we won't visit the sea, but it does not matter at all, because our country offers a lot of beautiful places for vacation. Today we will take you to the capital of Moravia and look into history. We will talk about Špilberk Castle.
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