The Elbe Trail A total of 1,230 km will have been pedalled by those who follow the Elbe Trail from the source of the river in the Krkonoše Mountains to the North Sea. North Bohemia’s Elbe Trail leads through perhaps the most beautiful of landscape areas. First there is České středohoří (Central Bohemian Mountains) with isolated cones and hummocks, a fabulous meander of the Brána Čech valley surrounded by forested hills, slopes with vineyards, idyllic chapels high above the river, the snow-white historic town of Litoměřice, Elbe ferries, majestic Radobýl Hill, Píšťanské Lake, romantic Střekov Castle in Ústi nad Labem, Thun Chateau in Děčín and then the final stretch to the border with Saxony, featuring one of Europe’s most beautiful river valleys, the Elbe Canyon. www.labska-stezka.cz
Ústí nad Labem
Jablonec nad Nisou
Route Two (61 km, journey time approx. 1 h 15 min)
Route One (95 km, journey time approx. 1 h 45 min)
Jablonec nad Nisou
Baroque Sites A Baroque-Classicist chateau on a high rock above the river in the middle of the town. Though its outer appearance has a more Classicist look to it, the greatest values of the chateau are linked to Baroque. The world’s unique 292 metre “Long Ride” – a Baroque access road to the chateau, is truly impressive, as are the stables, Rose Garden with a sala terrena and gloriette with statues, chateau corridor, Church of the Elevation of the Holy Cross open to the public and the restored South Gardens. Choice of experiences on offer Baroque Gems of the Chateau. The tour encompasses all the greatest Baroque jewels. Costume guided tours for children. Children can also explore the chateau in the company of the mysterious Black Knight or young Countess Thun. Exhibition of Clocks and Carriages. Quite recently a unique exhibition of tower clocks and clock machinery from the Gothic period to the present day has opened in the chateau attic. While the Baroque stables host an exhibition of carriages.
Baroque Sites A chateau known as the “Baroque Gem of the River Ohře Basin”. Originally a Gothic fort, rebuilt into a Renaissance chateau, which was badly damaged by fire and restored in Baroque style by Italian Antonio Porta in the late 17th century. Located on the bank of the River Ohře, above a meander, giving the impression of a lake, the chateau is surrounded by a French garden, which naturally eases into the English landscape park. Pay a visit to Libochovice churches – the Cemetery Church of St. Lawrence, whose Baroque appearance dates back to the 1720s, and the Parish Church of All Saints (with an interesting early 20th century fresco called “Czech Heaven” situated above the high altar and depicting Czech Saints). Choice of experiences on offer Guided tours of the chateau and garden. The exposition is conceived as a cross-section of chateau interior development from Renaissance to the twentieth century. The greatest attention is drawn by the huge Saturn’s Hall, unique collections of tapestries, inlaid furniture and oriental porcelain, eight rare white-and-blue tiled stoves, and a series of landscapes and portraits. During exhibition events it is possible to peek into chateau greenhouses. The charming garden is open to the public.
Baroque Sites Loreto Chapel, cloister and Church of St. Lawrence. The northernmost Czech Loreto built to the plans of the Viennese architect Johann Lucas Hildebrandt. The Holy House magnificently adorned with sculptural decorations by Franz Bienert, surrounded by a cloister with stations of the cross depicted on the ceiling, the newly repaired and consecrated Holy Stairs with the unique gallery of wooden carvings depicting mocking Jews, Christ’s journey and a grave. A remarkable exposition “Religious Art of the Šluknovsko Area” has been installed in the grounds. Choice of experiences on offer Unconventional tours of the chateau. In addition to traditional tours of the whole complex, including the adjoining church, you can try the ghostly night tours by candlelight to the sound of an organ and religious songs, viewing of the technical facilities and undergrounds of the Loreto or winter tours with mulled wine. Festivities. In August Loreto hosts a traditional religious feast – Portiuncula Indulgence Ceremony and in September the popular Loreto Celebrations with an extensive cultural programme. Rumburk Walk through the Centuries. Families with children and everyone alike will appreciate the exploration game, in which, aided by rhymed puzzles in a printed guide, they move through the town following clues, passing the incredible Baroque plague column and looking for a way back to Loreto.
Baroque Sites Ploskovice Chateau, a delicate structure built on the edge of a terrain fracture, adapted as a terrace with open arcade galleries in the shape of lobster claws, with artificial grottos on the level of an extensive baroque park, is a dream-come true for the Grand Duchess Anna Marie of Tuscany. Experts assume that the chateau’s design could have taken shape in the head of Kilian Ignatius Dientzenhofer. Choice of experiences on offer Guided tour of the chateau and garden. You can visit eleven rooms in the style of the 2nd half of the 19th century from the era of the Austrian Emperor and the last crowned King of Bohemia Ferdinand I (V) of the House of Habsburg. You can see the early 18th century man-made caves under the chateau and take a stroll along the freely accessible chateau park. Chateau events. The chateau is renowned for its interesting cultural events – open-air theatre performance, concerts in the chateau interiors, exhibitions, Christmas and Easter festivities.
Baroque Sites Situated in the hills of České středohoří near Ústí nad Labem, the picturesque village of Zubrnice is a protected rural area with an open-air museum exhibiting folk architecture. Historical homesteads in the village centre have been preserved and remarkable examples of folk architecture from nearby were moved to them. This area is typical for the construction of the so-called Upper Lusatian House, built in North Bohemia in Baroque times. The oldest open-air museum in Bohemia includes farms, a Baroque well, granaries, school, church and mills. Choice of experiences on offer Tours and events in the open-air museum. The main part of the open air museum can be explored with a guide; buildings further away can be viewed individually. The open-air museum regularly hosts very popular and well-attended events – fairs, Shrovetide, Advent and Easter celebrations, erecting the maypole, autumn in the Village, St. Mary Magdalene’s Fair. Railway Museum. A permanent exhibition about the history and present day of the local track, in the premises of the former railway station. A model railway track system and a collection of functional rail-cycles.
Baroque Sites The Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou shelters extremely interesting and valuable collections. Although not located in a Baroque building, the museum expositions allow you to admire the art of Baroque glassmakers, which is quite an unusual opportunity. The two main expositions are focused on the history of costume jewellery production and glass-making. Choice of experiences on offer Museum audio-guide. You can explore the “Endless Story of Jewellery” and “Magic Garden – Bohemian Glass in Seven Centuries” expositions with a device borrowed in the museum or with your own smart phone. The experience is enhanced by videos, technology demonstrations and in the case of glass you can expect poetry and a symbolic journey from darkness to light.
Baroque Sites The chateau which since the 1940s has been the seat of the Teplice Regional Museum was owned by The House of Clary und Aldringen for more than three hundred years. Under their ownership it was completed and restored in the Baroque style. Although later the frontage received a Classicist makeover, one can find a wonderful Garden House from 1732 and a Baroque Bird’s Staircase with the former aviary in the chateau garden. The plague column of the Holy Trinity is situated on Chateau Square in front of the chateau. The most significant Baroque deed of the Clary und Aldringens was entering into a contract with Matthias Bernard Braun. On its basis, in 1718–19, the legendary Czech sculptor created very probably his most beautiful work – the breathtaking twenty metre high plague column of the Holy Trinity. The master himself, with his workshop, took charge of the sculptural decorations. Choice of experiences on offer Spas – Lázně Teplice proudly holds the title of the oldest spa in Central Europe. The mighty spring called Pravřídlo (Primary Hot Spring) has been jetting out of the bowels of the earth for eighteen thousand years and up to this day it has been providing relief and improving health. Museum expositions. The chateau houses various expositions, such as those focusing on the prehistory of North-west Bohemia, the art of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, spa industry and development of pottery production in the region. Some of the chateau interiors with period furnishing are open to the public and there is also a permanent exhibition of clocks and a numismatic section. More Baroque within easy reach A small detour from the route will take you to the nearby town of Krupka (7 km from Teplice). In the Bohosudov Quarter stands a magnificent Baroque Basilica of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows with cloisters and the former Jesuit residence.
Baroque Sites The late 17th century Baroque chateau with a garden associated mainly with Giacomo Casanova. This famous philanderer was also a philosopher, poet and writer and for the last thirteen years of his life he worked as a librarian for Count Wallenstein. Guarding various artefacts of the man, who wrote his memoirs and the first science fiction novel of world literature here, the chateau exhibits Casanova’s famous chair, a secret door mechanism in his study and much more. Choice of experiences on offer Guided tours. Apart from the special tour devoted to the stay of Giacomo Casanova, you will be able to see the Wallenstein Hall with the family gallery and chateau picture gallery. After watching the video-installation you will follow a route, leading to a garden with Braun sculptures and recalling the 1950s senseless demolition of a Baroque hospital, from which only an extremely valuable Reiner fresco was saved. You can see the fresco for yourself in a new pavilion built especially for it. On some tours guides wear historic costumes. Chateau events. The chateau and its facilities are often used for hosting concerts, exhibitions, carnivals, theatre performances and educational events for children.
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