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České středohoří mountains

České středohoří mountains, surrounding Ústí nad Labem from all the directions, can not hide its vulcanic history. Rounded hills with nice greenish forests are crossed by picturesque walleys. A countryside of meadows and fields decorate majestic castles and mysterious ruins. Many hiking trails ask for foot trips or for cycling, when you feel as if you were in some fairytale. You can find a nice view nearby Střekov – Vysoký Ostrý, or if you want you can see the castle from the other side of the river, from the rock of bizzare shape –Vrkoče. If you like longer trips, there are several destinations you can visit. Following lines are just tips for you, if you want to know České středohoří mountains in a greater scale, buy a map

Milešovka

If hills could be crowned, Milešovka would have had one of the crowns. Queen of České středohoří is with its height of 836.6 metres above sea level the highest in the region. Conical hill has one primacy – its top is the most windy in the whole Czech republic. The average speed of wind here is 31 km per hour.

The mysterious top of Milešovka attracted people for all the times. Their rituals did even prehistoric people of younger paleolith. This is proved by foundations of a ceramic from that era. The attraction for the hill was reestablished in the 19th century, when the wave of romantism forced people to the countryside. In 1825 Antonín Weber started to sell refreshments on the top of Milešovka. Right after it the well-known shack grown there. Who wanted to stay there for the night, should not be very spoiled. People slept there near the fireplace on the layer of moss. Quarter of century later the watchtower was built and from 1904 a meteorologic observatory works here, which is actually the oldest mountaineous meteorologic observatory in Bohemia. Nowadays you can visit the watchtower, that belongs to the observatory.

You can get to Milešovka from Žimi through Bílka and Milešov using red touristic path and from Kostomlaty through Černice and Velenín using blue one.

Hazmburk

One of the most romantic and most frequently photographed ruin in Bohemia stays on basalt cone above the Labe and Ohře walley. The picture as being from nice fairytale is decorated even more by rounded České středohoří hills. Hazmburk is more than six hundred years old and since 17th Century deteriorates. Attention was paid to it (similarly as with Střekov) since 19th Century. Artists as Karel Hynek Mácha, Svatopluk Čech or Emil Filla found their inspiration here. Nowadays visitor will appreciate nice view the most.

Adress: Zřícenina hradu, Zámek 1, 411 17 Klapý
Telephone number: +420 606 820 015
E-mail: info@zamek-spool.cz

Benešov nad Ploučnicí

In the centre of picturesque Benešov lies wonderful castle, which combines elements of Gothic and rennaisance styles. Similar object stayed here during the rule of Vartenberk family, which was round 1479. Area, as we know it today, has been built by german family from Salhausen. Latter owners visited the area only exceptionally. Thanks to this fact we can admire the castle in the state it was built many centuries ago. This castle is being the National cultural monument.

Adress: Náměstí Míru 44/47, 407 22 Benešov nad Ploučnicí
Telephone number: +420 412 586 575
E-mail: zamek-ben-pl@posta.xion.net

Ruins and fortified towns

Romantic souls would be enchanted by castle ruins which history is full of mysteries. Dates of foundations were forgotten and there is nothing which would help us imagine the former appearence of those castles.

Pustý zámek (Abandonned castle) is worth the attention. Its foundations are dated to 13th Century. Today, there are only moats, bulwarks and stillages on which the majestic buildings stayed in the past. Ruins are really nearby Velké Březno, where you can see empire castle from 19th Century. However, more has lefto from Vrabinec – a castle nearby Babětín. On a basalt rock there are remnants of the walls that has been named for its assymetric shape as a sprig´s nest. If you want to go deeper into the past, just visit fortified town Zabrušany, where the remnants of early medieval people were found.

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