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National Technical Museum in Prague

The National Technical Museum in Prague, established on 5th July 1908, is the biggest museum of its kind in the Czech Republic.

Strahov Monastery

Strahov Monastery was founded by King Vladislav II, his wife Gertrude, the Prague Bishop Jan and the Bishop of Olomouc Jindřích Zdík and was originally called Sion. It is believed that Jindřich Zdík and the Prague Bishop Jan wanted to establish a monastery of canonry monks inspired by the Canons of the Holy Sepulchre. These efforts were also supported after the Prague Bishop’s death by his successor Ota and king Vladislav. Later on, thanks to Jindřich Zdík, the Premonstratensians thrived in the monastery.

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is the oldest bridge across the Vltava river and the second oldest bridge in the Czech Republic. It is situated in the historical centre of Prague and it connects the Old Town and the Lesser Town. It is almost 516m long and it is supported by 15 pillars connected by 16 arches. The entrance to Charles Bridge is marked by towers at both ends: the Old Town Bridge Tower on the east bank and the Lesser Town Bridge Tower on the west end. The balustrade features a unique collection of more than 30 sculptures created from the 17th to 20th centuries. The bridge is part of the Royal Route.

 

Letohrádek Hvězda

Letohrádek Hvězda is a renaissance summer residence situated in a game reserve of the same name (Obora Hvězda) in Prague-Liboc, where the battle of Bílá Hora (the White Mountain) took place. The residence was built in the shape of a six-pointed star and each of its floors symbolizes one of the elements (fire, air, water, earth). There is a permanent exhibition of the battle and several temporary exhibitions. Letohrádek Hvězda is part of the National Heritage protection programme.

Ladronka

Originally a homestead, Ladronka in Prague has a rather dramatic story behind it. It is situated on the edge of the residential area and has a beautiful view of the slopes of Motol. You will enjoy the adjacent renovated park if you are fond of walking, cycling or roller blading.

 


BRNO

Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape

The Castle of Lednice, a beautiful park with several picturesque buildings (Jan’s Castle, Minaret, Aqueduct, the Temple of Diana, Temple of Three Graces etc.), Valtice – the splendid castle, former seat of the Liechtenstein noble family.

The Battlefield of Slavkov, Kroměříž

The battle of three emperors – the hill of Žuráň – Napoleon’s army defeated the allies of Russia and Austria in 1805 by Slavkov u Brna (historically known as Austerlitz).
Kroměříž – the Archbishop’s Castle with the popular floral gardens (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the historic Archbishop’s wine cellars.

Moravian Karst

The largest karst area in the Czech Republic. Punkvevní jeskyně (Punkva Caves), Kateřinská jeskyně (Catherine’s Cave), Balcarka Cave and the famous Macocha Abyss.

 

Porta Coeli Tišnov – Pernštejn Castle

Porta Coeli in Předklášteří – the only Moravian Cistercian Convent which goes back to 1233 and became part of the National Cultural Heritage in 2010.
Nedvědice – Pernštejn Castle from the 13th century

Veveří Castle

Originally a later Romanesque and early Gothic castle which hosts music festival and cultural events in the summer.

ZOO

Brno Zoo is located near the reservoir. It focuses primarily on hoofed animal but also includes other more attractive animals like polar bears, tigers and monkeys. Brno Zoo attracts both the casual and keener animal enthusiasts. (www.zoobrno.cz/en)

 


 MARIÁNSKÉ LÁZNĚ

Premonstratensian Monastery in Teplá

founded in 1193 by the blessed Hroznata, a Czech noble man.

Empire Castle in Lázně Kynžvart

built in the 17th century by the Count von Metternich.

Kladská Natural Reserve

Nature trail around the Kladský pond at the edges of the Natural Reserve Area of Kladské rašeliny.

SOOS Natural Reserve Area near Františkovy Lázně

Natural Reserve Area with mud volcanoes.

Chodovar brewery and the original beer baths

Family-run brewery established in 1634 currently also offers the original beer baths.

The Castle of Loket

Gothic-Romanesque castle founded in the middle of the 13th century.

The Castle of Bečov

The castle was built in the middle of the 18th century by the owner of the Bečov manor, Dominik Ondřej Kounic. The castle features an exhibition of the Romanesque Reliquary of St. Maurus, which is considered to be the second most significant historical artefact in the Czech Republic.


Harrachov

 

Harrachov Glassworks

Novosad and son glassworksis the second oldestprivately owned glassworks in the Czech Republic. It was founded before 1712 in the Jilemnice estate of Count Harrach. It has preserved the traditional method of production.


Harrachov Glass Museum

The Glass Museum is part of the glassworks. It houses a historically and technologically comprehensive collection of historical glasswares from the Harrachov glassworks.


Harrachov Brewery

The microbrewery and restaurant were constructed in 2002, directly inside the glassworks premises, next to the main metallurgical hall of the glass factory. The glass manufacturing can be viewed through a window from the restaurant itself. Comfortable heating can be experienced by going from the restaurant to a gallery above red-hot furnaces, where visitors can feel the pleasant warm.


Harrachov Ski Museum

Traditional for the Great Mountains - glassmaking - forestry activities - mines - artefacts from the past - ski development (universal, cross-country skiing, jumps) - mock-up of a giant bridge - sports awards won by Czech athletes.


Harrachov Mining Museum

The Mining Museum and viewing tunnel were opened in March 2003 in the former drift platform. There are samples of minerals and fluorite deposits, tools and equipment used in mining, plus maps and also photographs documenting the work at the local deposit. The sightseeing gallery is about 1000 m long, showing a typical environment in an illuminated ore mine withunloaded crushed gravel, the average annual temperature is 10-12 ° C (visitors are advised to wear warm clothing). Visitors are givena helmet and jacket and in addition see the complete hoist, mine cars, rechargeable locomotive, mining loader, etc. The guided tour takes about one hour and visitors can learn about the work at the now decommissioned ore mines.


Mumlava waterfall

The river Mumlava is in a valley approximately 1.5 km from Harrachov and has a waterfall of about 10 m high. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful and the biggest waterfalls in the Czech Republic. Just a few meters upstream due to erosion you can also find an interesting phenomenon - the so-called ‘giant boilers’ (giant pots) - boulders and rock plates with "bowls" that push the stream current further.


The Šindelka Giant Mountains Museum

The exhibition is located in a granite building called‘Šindelka’. Shingle roofing was produced there since the early 19th century up until the 1930s. The last 60,000 shingles produced in 1934 were used on the old Elbe shed. The forestry exhibition is located on the ground floor and acquaints visitors with forestry issues, from the extraction of trunkson paths and removal for further processing to subsequent reforestation and care.


Tanvald Cog railway – Harrachov

The only cog railway in the Czech Republic represents a unique cultural and technical monument. Trains on this line once went over elevations of several hundred meters at the steepest section from Tanvald to Kořenov therefore uses the cog. Few railways can boast as many "firsts" as the Jizera Mountain-Great Mountains railway line Tanvald - Harrachov, which can be found in the timetable under the number 035. What’s maybe the mostinteresting thing is that it not has only a unique design, but also its rich history. It became a regular destination for many admirers of railways and technical monuments from all over Europe and in 1992 the section Tanvald - Kořenovwas declared a cultural monument by the Ministry of Culture.

 


BIKE TRIPS TIPS

The Elbe Cycling Trails

The Orea Resort Horal **** will make a bike trip on the Elbe cycling trail more comfortable no matter if you choose the hotel as the final destination of you bike trip or its starting point. Your experience of cycling in the magic area of the Elbe headspring will become truly unforgettable if you relax in our wellness centre afterwards and enjoy the beautiful views on the Giant Mountains. (www.labska-stezka.cz)

 

Moravian Wine Trails

You can get to Pavlov using the Moravian Wine Trails after visiting the picturesque Mikulov. Enjoy the old merchants’ building in Pavlov and spend the evening in the Orea Hotel Iris ***, which offers a selection of fine wines. You can visit the ruins of the medieval Děvičky castle and enjoy the flora of the surrounding meadows then enjoy the wines of the Pavlov hills once again in the evening. (www.stezky.cz)

 

Discover the Iron Curtain Bike Trail

The best way to learn about the Iron Curtain is to take a bike trip on the Iron Curtain Bike Trail, which also runs through the routes once used by the border guards then. Considering the hilly landscape of Šumava, a break in the Orea Resort Horizont *** under Špičák hill will be more than welcome. (www.cyklistevitani.cz/stezka-zelezne-opony)

 

The Baťa Canal combines canoeing and cycling

When visiting the region of East Moravia you will have an opportunity to use a boat and a bike as a means of transport. This rather unconventional combination of two means of transport is possible at the Baťa Canal. The boat rental shops as well as the Orea Hotel Atrium **** in Otrokovice have facilities for cyclists and were awarded the “Cyclists welcome” certificate. The bike trail along the Baťa Canal is also part of the Moravian bike trail which leads to Kroměříž or Olomouc. (www.cyklistevitani.cz/moravska-trasa)