The melancholy beauty of unconquered fortresses
Beautiful nature, unique folk handicrafts such as glass-
blowing or lace-weaving, the rhythm of jazz and the
delicious smell of gingerbread… this is only a sample of
what East Bohemia can offer. Set off for the peak of the
highest mountain in Bohemia, or bet on your favourite
horse in a race.
EAST
BOHEMIA
Explore sophisticated military
fortifications
On the eve of the Second World War, a contiguous line
of defense based on the French Maginot Line was built
as part of security defenses. Strong forts have been
preserved on the northern side of the border and
nowadays attract thousands of tourists.
The artillery fortress
Hanička
near Rokytnice in the
Orlické Mountains,
Bouda
and
Hůrka
in the Králické
fortress area, or
Dobrošov
near the town of Náchod
were part of the pre-war fortifications built to fend off
Hitler’s expanding Germany.
The best way to get to
Hanička
is from the town of
Rokytnice in the Orlické Mountains. The fort itself is built
of battle structures on the surface which are connected
underground by hundreds of meters of corridors and
halls. Descend to a depth of 36 meters where the
temperature is a mere 8 º C!
For active visitors
The Orlické Mountains and Králický Sněžník are perfect for hiking and cycling, while
renowned centres such as Říčky, Deštné, and Dolní Morava are ideal for downhill and
cross-country skiing in winter.
To the queen of the mountains
The
Krkonoše Mountains
are the most famous mountain range in the
Czech Republic and are a unique oasis of northern-style nature. They’re
so unique that they were even designated a national park. In winter, the
excellent conditions for downhill skiing and the vast network of cross-
country ski trails make Krkonoše the most popular ski destination in the
country. In summer, they’re a favourite destination for hiking and cycling.
TIPS
Explore the
Dobrošov Fortress
educational trail, where you
will learn more about the entire
fortification system. You can
combine a walk along the
educational trail with a tour of the
fortress.
DID YOU KNOW…
…the largest fortress is in the
highest Czech mountains,
the Krkonoše Mountains? It is
the
Stachelberg fortress
, built
halfway between Trutnov and
Žacléř, located at the easternmost
point of the Krkonoše.
TRIP TIP: THE SOURCE
OF THE ELBE
You’ll have no trouble finding the
spot marked as the source of one of
Europe’s greatest rivers – it is at the
Elbe Meadow (Labská Louka). The
spot is decorated with the coats of
arms of the cities that the Elbe River
flows through.
Stachelberg Fortress
Sněžka
Fun skiing
Hradec
Králové
Pardubice
Náchod
Špindlerův
Mlýn
Pec pod
Sněžkou
Rokytnice
v Orlických h.
Vamberk
Kladruby
Litomyšl
Lipnice nad
Sázavou
Krkonoše
Orlické Mount.
Sněžka
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Treat yourself to a breathtaking hike along the Czech-Polish friendship trail. This red trail
leads across the peak of Sněžka.
Source of the Elbe River
Dobrošov Fortress
The
Krkonoše Mountains
bear the legend of Krakonoš, the just ruler of the mountains,
while the range is dominated by the graceful silhouette of Sněžka, the highest mountain
in Bohemia. The most popular starting points are at Pec pod Sněžkou and Špindlerův
Mlýn.
Take a journey
into military
history and visit
at least one of the
fortresses built
when the country
was under threat.
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