Vysoký Chlumec

The landscape of the central Povltaví region is relatively flat, although you will occasionally come across a proper hill. However, the name of Vysoký Chlumec, which translates as High Chlumec, speaks for itself. There is a steep hill right in the middle of the town, topped by a Romantic castle. This dates back to the 14th century and was plundered by the Swedes during the Thirty Years War, causing the palace to topple to the ground. Over time, though, the castle was repaired and reconstructed, meaning that it remains in excellent condition and is still used as a private residence. The well-known Lobkowicz brewery stands within the bailey, the Lobkowicz family having owned the chateau for centuries. Another major attraction in the little town is the open-air museum in the valley of Libíňský Stream. There you can wander around examples of rural architecture from the region that date back to the 18th century - residential, farm buildings, technical structures, and small religious structures that were brought here from other places where they were at risk of being lost for good. There is also a working sawmill that is run on water-driven equipment from the 19th century.

Your journey begins in Sedlčany, from where you head into a landscape of low hills and little valleys, rocks, quarries, ponds, and streams. First of all, though, take a look round T. G. Masaryk Square (náměstí T. G. Masaryka), with its beautiful neo-Renaissance town hall and its Town Museum (Městské muzeum). There you will find out about the history of the settlement here, from ancient times onward, and can take a look at a variety of ethnographic collections. Also worth seeing are the exhibitions devoted to Jakub Krčín, who built a brewery, a mill, and ponds in the town, and to violinist Josef Suk, a native of the nearby Křečovice.

Take the red hiking trail from the square and then, from Ústupenice, cycling route 8137, rising gradually to Vysoký Chlumec. You will first come across the open-air museum, which we recommend you visit, and then the castle, which is unfortunately not open to the public. Follow the unmarked road to Počepice, where there is a pretty way of the cross on Radešín Hill. Continue on to Skuhrov and Nechvalice and then stick to cycling route 8143, which passes through Ředice and then embarks on the most demanding climb on this tour. Take a right on to route 0074 before Nové Dvory and you will reach an altitude of 651 metres above sea level on the other side of Vratkov. Your immediate reward for this, however, is a long downhill section to the town of Sedlec-Prčice.

In Sedlec, take a look round the brewery and museum complex that recalls Vítek of Prčice, founder of the renowned Vítek line. Cross the Empire-style Karel Burka Bridge to reach the Prčice side of the town. Which might not enthral you when you consider that “being in Prčice” is a colloquial Czech phrase for being “done for”. No need to worry, though: it’s nice there. After all, it is home to a Classicist chateau, in which you can spend the night, and a stone monument in the shape of a boot on Vítek Square (Vítkovo náměstí) in honour of a well-known walk. Cycling routes 0042 and 0075 will then guide you through the undulating landscape to Votice.

Your attention is sure to be drawn by the Monastery of St Francis of Assisi, which was opened up to the public a few years ago. This was built between 1627 and 1629 by then-owner of the demesne Sezima of Vrtba as thanks to God for having given him a son. Here you can view an exhibition on the lives of the Franciscans and the interesting features of the Votice area. And not far from this you can climb the steeple of the Church of St. Wenceslas, now used as a viewing tower.


Vysoký Chlumec

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