Pardubice is a town smelling of gingerbread and forever associated with the famous Velká pardubická (Great Pardubice) steeplechase. The city lies in the Labe lowlands, in a landscape marked by meadows, deciduous forests and historic canals reminiscent of a big chateau park.
Been to Pardubice Chateau?
In the very centre of Pardubice is Perštýnské náměstí, surrounded by Renaissance houses. Climb to the lookout platform of the Zelená Gate (Zelená brána) for views of the city and surrounding area, including the nearby Renaissance chateau, from the late 15th and early 16th century, in all its glory. The chateau’s interior contains the oldest Renaissance frescos in Bohemia, exhibitions of the Gallery of East Bohemia and the Museum of East Bohemia. The chateau also serves as the venue for diverse social events, theatre performances and concerts.
The toughest race in Europe
Pardubice is a horse town. Take a look at the stud farm in Kladruby nad Labem, where Kladruber Old White horses are reared, and enjoy a race at the racecourse where the Velká pardubická (Great Pardubice) steeplechase takes place every year. You can even take a walk along the course of the toughest race in continental Europe and take a close-up look at the feared Great Taxis Ditch, which is jumped only once a year, in a single race!
Fun on your travels
Year-round fun and games by the water can be had at Aquacentrum Pardubice, a water park with several indoor and outdoor pools, several water attractions and a wellness centre. If you venture out into the area around Pardubice, be sure to visit Kunětice Mountain and its castle. At the foot of the mountain is the modern Golf Resort Kunětická Hora, with an 18-hole golf course and cycle trail. Worthy of attention, too are Slatiňany with its chateau and Museum of Hippology, park, stud farm and Old Kladruber Horse Museum.