The Brdy: Journey to the Summit of Praha Mountain
Praha is an easy-to-spot hill towering above Nepomuk, behind the highest mountain of the Brdy - Tok. It lags behind only three meters. On its top is a meteorological radar and there are also remains of a German radar station.
Trails Up Praha
You can get to Prague for example from Nepomuk. From the village you will follow the blue tourist trail and at the crossroads at the former Janská bouda you will join the yellow trail and follow it towards the left. The brand will take you directly to the weather radar. If you go straight along the forest path, after about 0.5 km walk you will get to the remnants of the German radar station. From this path you can also turn to the forest path (marked with a symbol), which will lead you to the triangulation poble and the mark on the tree indicating the top of Prague. If you turn from the radar along the yellow trail in the direction of Sobenský pond and turn right into the forest above the stone sea, you will reach Cakov's Outlook. It offers a magnificent view of Rozmital area.
You can also get to Praha peak well from Teslin as well. You can go either through Brizkovec and Padrtske ponds, or along the forest road leading past the Vaclavka shed. From this road, take the green sign that will lead you to the U Padrťských rybníky crossroads. From there continue along the blue trail to the Pod Hubertkou crossroads, where you will join the yellow trail. This will lead you to the weather radar object.
The Vistas Across the Sumava and More
The top of Praha is very flat and elongated, so it is a big problem for tourists to find the highest point. The magnificent view, however, opens mainly from other places. A popular place is Cakov viewpoint on the side of Praha. Beautiful views also open in front of you from the remnants of the Pegasus-Y, a German-made radar station. From here you can see the whole Sumava, Slavkov Forest and even the Ore Mountains.
The meteorological radar located on Praha is one of two facilities in our country monitoring rainfall clouds. The second radar is located on Skalka Hill in the Drahanska Highlands. The transmitter grew up on a hill between 1999 and 2000 and became a distinctive landmark of the hill, which makes it easily recognizable from a distance.
The German Luftwaffe set up a radar station at the top of Praha during World War II. At the western edge of the upper part of Praha today we can find a strange structure reminiscent of a tall stone fence. This special object served as a protective wall for Freya's sighting operator. The Luftwaffe began to use it at the end of the war, and its main advantage was the fact that it was not as easy to disturb as previously used devices. In addition, Luftwafe also used distance gauges named Hans and Heinrich sights.
Some of the wooden towers were used by our army even after the end of World War II, but in the end they were left to spontaneous destruction. The only thing left of them is the concrete footings. Particularly massive footings can be found in Mala Praha. They supported the tallest tower of the entire base, which carried a sight Freya EGON. A similar structure stood on the site of today's weather radar.
If you go up to Prague from the Pod Hubertkou crossroads, you will pass exactly the place called Snezna Jama (Snowy Pit) exactly where the asphalt road turns quite sharply left. Nowadays, seedlings of trees are kept in this stone building, but originally it was a part of the military area where the technical and accommodation facilities for the radar crew were located.
GPS: 49°40'00.7"N 13°49'01.1"E
Text: Eliška Gregorová
Photos: Wikimedia Commons: Gortyna
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On a hot summer day, not everyone wants to spend time marching all day, but what if you don't even want to lie down by the water all day? If you are looking for a compromise, today's walk is a great tip for you. In addition, children will appreciate an interesting trip, they will definitely not be bored. The whole trip can also be completed with a dog or bicycle.
It's quite cold outside, but would you still like to go on a bike ride? The next bike trip we completed was around a picturesque landscape full of forests near Mníšek pod Brdy and it was definitely a very good choice.
Koruna is located in the heart of Brdy near Strašice and belongs to the group of Brdy octopuses. In addition to beautiful forests and nature, the place also boasts an interesting history.
The Brdy village of Vacíkov became known mainly due to the activities of the local civic association fighting gold mining on Petrášek Mountain. The good news is that his efforts are not in vain and we can go to the forests around Vacík full of mushrooms, forest fruits and also many historical and natural attractions even today.
I have been going to the Brd area for a very long time. I read a lot of articles about this mysterious area and wanted to explore it with my own eyes and also with my own feet on a bicycle.
Jedová hora is located near Hořovice near the famous castle Valdek. Easy access and interesting surroundings make it an ideal tip for a trip to Brd. Feel free to do so in December.
Although the closure lags behind the highest peaks in Brdy, thanks to its convenient location near Skelná Hut and Pilská Reservoir, it is also an ideal place for a shorter winter cross-country trip.
Prague is a popular tourist destination in Brdy, a hike to this hill can be combined with a trip to other nearby peaks such as Malý Tok or Hradiště. The big advantage is that once you climb to Prague, it will be easy for you to reach other interesting places in the area.
As soon as it is possible to move freely around the republic, we recommend this beautiful trip to nature. Both mentioned peaks belong to the popular and frequently visited areas of Brd, they offer views of the Litavka valley, Příbram and the surroundings rich in natural monuments.
Unmistakable Třemošná, towering over Příbram, is one of the most visited places in Brdy. However, its ridge continues with two slightly neglected peaks, namely Ohrádka and Malá Ohrádka. If you are looking for places with dazzling views, this ridge will surely delight you, with good visibility from here you can see all the way to Šumava.
Although Kokšín is not one of the highest peaks in Brdy, it is a characteristic feature of the Spálenopoříč region, in addition, it is easily accessible from the surrounding villages and boasts not only beautiful forest stands.
Vrch Nad Maráskem is located near the village of Míšov in the southern part of Brdo and is not one of the most famous. Which is a shame, because it offers great views and a walk through the surrounding forests, but at this time it is rather a welcome fact. You will avoid crowds of excursionists. A hike to this hill can easily be combined with a visit to nearby Třemšín.
Years ago, Brdce was thought of as a suitable place for an American radar base, but attention then turned to Břízkovec above the Padrť ponds. Fortunately, these plans came to fruition and we can now enjoy beautiful nature in Brdy.
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Kloboucek is a bit in the shadow of Tok, Prague, Tremosna and other known peaks, but it is definitely worth a visit. Kloboucek is easily accessible from nearby Obecnice and a new forest trail leads to it.
Outside everything blooms, birds sing and everything is kind of cheerful. After a long winter, most of us long to go out into the wild and enjoy the first spring rays. With us you can go for one such walk.
The Brdy is a place to visit not only in summer. They are magical as well when covered in snow. Both Houpak and the former Jordan impact area were only recently opened to the public. Houpak is an ideal place with perfect panoramatic vista. People who like long trips will love it here.
Snowy Brdy have their magic, and more and more cross-country skiers are attracting in the winter season. There are many forest paths in the area in the winter, and if you are lucky, you will also find traces of trails. You can go for example up the dominant of the region of Pribram - Tremosna or somewhat deeper into the Brdy forests up to Skelna Hut.
Don't worry and go to the Brdy in winter as well. Local landscape is beautiful in any season of the year.
In the beginning of the year 2016 there will be the last chance for tourists to walk in a vast forest area they have never been to before. There are not even signs for tourists. The closed military area of Brdy will be open to the public. It means that only 90 kilometers from the south end of Prague you will have an opportunity to walk somewhere beyond Rozmital through the woods without stumbling upon any settlement or a busy road!
The dams on the Litavca River situated in the Brdy region were founded for the needs of the mines of Pribram. Today, these reservoirs feed Pribram and surrounding towns and villages with water.
The largest pond in the Pilsen region is located in the middle of the Brdy forests and not far from the remains of many defunct sites.
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Plešivec, výrazný protáhlý kopec v blízkosti Jinec, není možné přehlédnout. Místo patří k těm nejtajemnějším, jaká můžeme v Brdech najít. Váže se k němu mnoho pověstí.
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