Trip tips

Kralický Sněžník 1424 metres above sea level – 8 to 11 km walk

It is the highest peak in the area. You can start your tour right from Dolní Morava. On the way to Kralický Sněžník you can stop by the Slaměnka chalet. It is possible to reach the chalet by chairlift, which can also take you down on your way back. The name Kralický Sněžník indicates two facts: first, this third highest mountain range in the Czech Republic is situated not far from the town of Králíky; and second, its peak is covered with snow for up to 8 months in a year. In 1990 the area of 1695 hectares was declared a National Nature Reserve. Several years later, within the NATURA 2000 programme, it also became a Bird Area and part of the Kralický Sněžník area was designated as a protected area of European importance. 

The Fortress Area of Kralický Sněžník (“Kralická pevnostní oblast”) – 5 to 10 km by car or on foot

It includes a range of fortifications between Maliník and Zemská brána spot heights. It is part of the Fortress Areas of Kralický Sněžník project (KPO) and is located in the Pardubice Region. In the past, it was one of the strongest border fortifications in Czechoslovakia before World War II. The KPO is an area with the highest concentration of the Czechoslovak fortification system relics dated 1935 - 1938. Get to know its interesting history, visit the local museums and memorials and walk in the beautiful countryside. 

HOLBA Brewery Museum (“Pivovarské muzeum”) – 16 km by car

The beer exhibition is situated in Hanušovice and it shows the history of brewing industry from its beginnings to the present time. You can see there the parchment deeds declaring the right to brew beer, old brewing tools and also raw materials without which beer would have never existed. You can taste the local beer too. Under the museum there is a stylish restaurant where you can enjoy the pure mountain beer in a pleasant atmosphere by the fireplace and in the middle of beams.

Klepý Lookout Tower (“Rozhledna Klepý”) – 7 km walk

A lookout and fire tower built in 2009 and located on the Czech Republic-Poland border, on the Klepý mountain peak, offers amazing views of the countryside.

Holy Mother’s Mountain pilgrimage site (“Hora Matky Boží”) – 6 km by car

For a long time it has been a popular destination for many pilgrims who want to strengthen their faith via a deep encounter with God and Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The services held at this Marian Mountain should make their visitors introspect and renew their life. The place is situated in Dolní Hedeč and it provides beautiful views of the surroundings. You can also have a guided tour, which takes about 45 minutes.

Morava River Spring (“Pramen řeky Moravy”) – 8 to 11 km walk

The Morava river springs below the Kralický Sněžník peak. It is often regarded as the Moravia artery. The interesting thing is, however, that the river neither begins nor terminates in the original territory of Moravia. It rises in the northeastern tip of Bohemia below the Kralický Sněžník peak. From there it flows through northern, central and southern Moravia and in Slovakia, below Děvín Castle, it discharges into the Danube. Perhaps the most interesting place along the Morava river is Kralický Sněžník, i.e. the spring area, which for the most part belongs to this region. The Morava river is said to have as many springs as there are days in a year. 

Dlouhé Stráně Pumped Storage Plant (“Vodní elektrárna Dlouhé Stráně”) – 34 km by car

The hydropower plant is situated near Loučná nad Desnou and it is unique in three aspects: it has the largest reversible pump turbine in Europe (325 MW), the longest gradient in the Czech Republic (510.7 m) and also the largest installed capacity in the Czech Republic (2x 325 MW). In 2005 Dlouhé Stráně pumped storage plant became one of the Seven Wonders of the Czech Republic. Since 2010 the upper reservoir of Dlouhé Stráně power plant has been accessible by 6-person chair lift. There you can go on a 4.5 km tour on foot or by bike or you can use a shuttle minibus.

Velké Losiny Thermal Spa (“Termální lázně Velké Losiny”) – 34 km by car

The thermal spa ranks among the oldest and most renowned Moravian spas with a long tradition. It includes curative thermal springs which have therapeutic effects on the locomotor and nervous system and skin diseases. The water temperature is about 36 degrees Celsius and it is used by the local balneotherapy for curative baths and as the water supply for the indoor and outdoor pools. The thermal spa is a suitable family destination.

Velké Losiny Handmade Paper Mill (“Ruční papírna Velké Losiny”) – 34 km by car

The handmade paper mill in Velké Losiny is a National Cultural Monument and it has been an attractive tourist destination for a long time. Besides the presentation of traditional paper manufacturing and a wide range of original products, for a few decades it has also been offering a unique look into the craft history (lasting for several centuries) in the Museum of Paper. The specialized museum has been part of the handmade mill since 1987. Its permanent exhibitions include the historical development and traditions of the old papermaking craft and also the beginnings of modern industrial paper production in the Czech lands. Focusing on the field history of paper manufacturing, it is the only museum of its kind in the Czech Republic. The combination of the main functional and significant aspects of the paper mill, i.e. traditional paper manufacturing and the museum presentation, creates one integral whole offering an attractive form of the live museum. No wonder it enjoys great popularity among tourists.     

Pastviny Dam (“Přehrada Pastviny”) – 23 km by car

The Pastviny dam was built on the Divoká Orlice upper flow between the years 1933 – 1938. The reservoir is about 7 km long and its area is 110 hectares. The dam with a hydropower plant is 43 m high and 193 m long. From the dam there is a beautiful view of the Nekoř compensating reservoir and the dam water surface. Over the dam there is a road connecting Vamberk and Králíky. During the summer the dam is used by swimmers, divers and fishermen. The dam surroundings provide a lot of hiking and cycling opportunities. In winter visitors can enjoy skiing on groomed ski trails.

Priessnitz Spa Balneopark in Jeseník – 40 km by car

The Park is designed as a “water garden” through which a stream flows with several stops providing hydrotherapy and relaxation. It is open not only to the Priessnitz Spa clients but also to the general public. The Park is based on the Vincenz Priessnitz’s traditional hydrotherapeutic method – also today we improve people’s health by means of cold water, the sun, physical activity and a suitable regimen.      

Žamberk Swimming Pool (“Městské koupaliště Žamberk”) – 30 km by car

The swimming pool in Žamberk was built in 1994 and it is part of the Pod Černým lesem sports resort. Its capacity is approx. 1000 visitors. The facilities include an outdoor swimming pool with paddling pool, a slide, 3 toboggans (79 m, 83 m and a kamikaze), children’s sandpit, whirlpool, beach volleyball and street ball courts, sanitary facilities, a restaurant and buffet and many others. 

Original “Forest Bar” in Lipová Lázně (“Lesní bar”) – 40 km by car

It is a bar in the middle of the woods. You can have beer cooled in a stream, taste biscuits and now and then you can even smell mulled wine. There are no bills. You pay into a special money box according to a price list and nobody checks whether you have paid or not. This is not a fantasy of an exhausted tramp but the Rychleby Mountains reality. The unique bar is situated a few hundred metres below Smrk mountain. The owner of the bar is Václav Pavlíček, a good-natured forester from Jeseníky who still believes in people’s honesty. For the third year he runs this self-service bar in the woods above Horní Lipová, where you can take whatever you like and you are not made to pay. Despite this fact, the bar has not crashed so far. Perhaps even those who do not think highly of themselves cannot help paying since the bar is such a unique place.

Lipová Lázně Fauna Park – 40 km by car

We are a small farm with private animal breeding. We welcome visitors of all interest and age groups. Since their number is increasing, we have decided to improve the conditions for our animals and also make the park more comfortable for visitors. In short, we want to create the optimum conditions for a closer contact of people with nature. In the first year of our existence we are planning to complete the construction of several sheds and acquire some new species. Furthermore, we want to continue landscaping our park including the pavement repair, which will make it more convenient for elderly and disabled visitors and also for mothers with prams. 

Na Pomezí Caves (“Jeskyně Na Pomezí”) – 45 km by car

The Na Pomezí Caves are the largest accessible cave system in the Czech Republic. They originated from the dissolving marble, i.e. from crystalline limestone. They are characterized by narrow and occasionally high aisles which in the places of mutual intersection make up small domes. The crust forms creating cascades and large stalactites are typical of these caves.

The total length of the cave system is approx. 1700 metres, while the tourist tour is about 390 metres long and takes 45 minutes. The average cave temperature is 7.7 degrees and humidity is 99 %. Since 1958 the Na Pomezí Caves with their surroundings have been a protected area (today a National Nature Monument). You can go from Lipová Lázně towards Žulová.

Zemská brána (nature reserve) – 25 km by car

Zemská brána nature reserve (since 1987) is situated in the Orlické Mountains along the Divoká Orlice river. It includes the area of 88.2 hectares from the Czech-Polish border to Klášterec nad Orlicí and it is 570 - 650 m above sea level. The protection mainly applies to the Divoká Orlice boulder riverbed, which in this location penetrated the Orlické Mountains crest and formed a deeply cut valley called Zemská brána. On the steep slopes of the river valley there are interesting rock formations frequently used by climbers.

Potštejn Castle (“Zámek Potštejn”) – 46 km by car

The castle was built in 1749 by Earl Jan Ludvík Harbuval Chamaré. It is an ideal destination both for children and grownu-ps, for individuals and groups, for history and culture lovers but also for those who want to experience something extraordinary. The newly restored castle offers many interesting cultural opportunities, such as typical tours of the castle interiors, Bubákov (haunted castle), Pohádkov (fairy tale castle), entertaining tours in Baroque costumes, night tours, castle sweet shop, castle accommodation, park, wedding ceremonies, etc. This year we have prepared nearly 30 interesting events for you.  

Litice nad Orlicí Castle (“Hrad Litice nad Orlicí”)

The castle is located on a noticeable hill surrounded by the Orlice river, 8 km west of Žamberk. It was founded by the Drslavic family at the end of the 13th century. The first mention dates back to 1304. In 1371 it was owned by the Lords of Kunštát, which is where Czech king Jiří of Poděbrady came from. By the way, it was him who had the castle fortifications extended between the years 1450 - 1468. In the following period the importance of the castle declined. Vilém z Pernštejna regarded the nearby Potštejn as safer and in the second half of the 16th century the castle owners, Lords of Buben, preferred their castles in Doudleby and Žamberk. In 1657 the castle was referred to as half-ruined and it remained in this condition until the end of the 19th century when Oskar Parish began to repair the castle. The repairs have continued with several breaks till the present. In the castle palace the visitors can see archaeological finds from the 15th to the 17th century.

Letohrad Craft Museum (“Muzeum řemesel Letohrad”) – 31 km by car

The museum was opened 18 May 2000. It is located in the Nový Dvůr premises, a protected monument from 1750. With the area of 1650 m2 it is the largest museum of its kind in the Czech Republic. It includes over 50 exhibitions of various crafts from the period 1840 - 1930. In addition to well-known craft such as joiner or carver, the museum also presents the trade of wheeler, cooper, shingle-maker and many others. The most interesting exhibits include a carved mechanical craft museum, mechanical workshops, a saw mill with 3 functional frame saws and a hundred-year-old classroom with examples of national costumes. You can also see various historical vehicles displayed in the depot. After the tour, the visitors can have lunch in the stylish Nový Dvůr Restaurant, which is located in the same building as the museum.   

Častolovice Castle and Castle Park  (“Zámek Častolovice a zámecký park”) – 55 km by car

The history of Častolovice Castle dates back to the 13th century when it was a water fortress in a valley at the junction of the Bělá and Kněžna rivers. The fortress was built on massive wooden stilts in the middle of the water surface. Then at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries it was rebuilt into the Renaissance castle. Besides a farm, brewery, distillery and a laundry room, the castle also included fish hatcheries and a mill with over 1 km long mill-race. In 1964 the castle was acquired by the Sternberg family as their main residence. Until the early 20th century, the castle was rebuilt several times. After the year 1948 the castle was transferred to the state ownership. Consequently, a boarding school was established occupying a large part of the castle. As a result, a range of inappropriate building adaptations were carried out. In 1992 the castle was returned to Diana Phipps Sternberg, the only living original owner. Since then, the castle has awakened again.               

Rejvíz and the Moss Lake (“mechové jezírko”) – 54 km by car

Rejvíz includes the largest area of peat box, peat woods and peat meadows in northern Moravia and Silesia. It is located in the first zone of the Jeseníky Protected Landscape Area, near the mountain village of Rejvíz. Perhaps the most interesting part of Rejvíz is the Great Moss Lake to which you can get along a nature trail. Rejvíz is protected as a National Nature Reserve and at the same time it is a core area of European importance. 

Trips to Poland

Zlatý důl (“Zloty Stok” in Polish) – 47 km by car

In the former gold mine you can visit the underground Museum of Mining and Smelting of Gold. The first mentions of gold mining appeared as early as the 13th century. The deposits of gold were depleted during the 19th century, but only in 1962 the last 30 kg of gold were extracted. The visitors can see two of the former mines. The Czarna mine offers a tour leading through hand chiseled corridors. The Gertruda mine includes an underground waterfall (8 m high) and some of the interesting mining tools. At special events the tourists can take part in gold panning and coinage.

Kudowa Zdrój – 69 km by car

The heart of Kudowa town is the spa park (“Park Zdrojowy”), which is located right at the foot of a mountain called Góra Parkowa. The park was founded in the 17th century, 390 - 400 m above sea level, as an English-style park. The town of Kudowa is situated between the Table and Orlické Mountains. The spa uses the local mineral springs for therapeutic baths and drinking. 

Klodzko – 47 km by car

It is the capital of the historical county of the same name. Its population is about 30,000 inhabitants. It is also the most important town of the Glacensis Euroregion. It boasts many historical monuments, such as the Gothic bridge over the Wroclaw river canal, Klodzko fortress, underground corridors under the Old Town, the Church of the Assumption and Franciscan Church with a monastery, the Museum of Klodzko Land, etc. According to the Chronicle of the Czechs by Cosmas of Prague, as early as 981 a castle was in this place, located on the way from Bohemia to Poland. The village below the castle developed quite quickly. In the second half of the 13th century Klodzko acquired the town rights. In 1459, during the reign of Czech King Jiří of Poděbrady, the Klodzko Land became a County. In the 16th century the town is acquired by the Habsburg dynasty. In the mid-18th century the Klodzko Land was no longer part of the Austrian Empire as it belonged to Prussia. After World War II it became an integral part of Poland.

Wroclaw – 133 km by car

The Old Town centre includes a square founded in the 13th century. The Gothic town hall was built in 1327 - 1504. Inside there is the Historical Museum. The largest building in the city is the university. Its visitors can see the Leopold Hall from the 1st half of the 17th century, which is the largest secular interior in Wroclaw. The oldest part of the city is the Cathedral Island (“Ostrow Tumski”). Today there is a group of sacral buildings with the Gothic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (built in the 13th - 16th cent.). The steeple includes a lookout terrace.  One of the most remarkable sights is the Raclawice Panorama, a monumental painting 120m x 15m. Another valuable monument is St. Giles Church – the oldest church built in the Romanesque style in the 1st half of the 12th century. The church has a vault arching on one pillar. Last but not least, we can also recommend the People’s Hall from 1913 – the first reinforced concrete building in the world. It aspires to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.                 

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