When you say the name Brdy, most Czechs imagine the uplands to the south-west of Prague. Brdy is in fact a tourist term, where visitors are now able to see plenty of previously inaccessible places after the closure of the military grounds. Hřebeny is part of Brdy, and it is not. How is that possible? Well, to the eye, geographically, Brdy and Hřebeny would appear to be one and the same upland. From the geomorphological point of view, meaning from the perspective of the formation of the earth’s surface, they are actually two separate uplands. Hřebeny actually rises on the other side of the Zbraslav district of Prague, although its main ridge begins above Mníšek nad Brdy. As an aside, the name of that town proves that Hřebeny is generally attributed with the Brdy name, as we mentioned.

We, however, will help enlighten others and allow Hřebeny to become a bit better known. The length of this walk itself might ensure that many hikers will remember Hřebeny very well indeed. Mníšek pod Brdy is easy to reach by bus, meaning that you can begin the walk on F. X. Svoboda Square. Before you do, however, take a look at the dominant feature of the square, the Baroque Church of St. Wenceslas, with its fifty-metre, neo-Romanesque steeple and paintings by the famous painters Petr Brandl and Karel Škréta. The other jewel in the architectural crown here is the four-winged chateau with three corner towers. Once a small castle and later a Baroque fortress, it was renovated in the style of an aristocratic manor by Servác Engel of Engelsfluss in the 17th century. You can tour the chateau, whose furnishings recall the lives of the last owners, members of the Kast family.

The yellow trail runs between Zámecký and Prostřední ponds along a narrow asphalt path through Stříbrná Lhota and then to the left to Kytín. Stop on the village green to sample the beer brewed here and then continue along the green trail. Scale the 130-metre difference in altitude as you walk up to the Na Soudném crossing, where you join up with the ridge path. This runs through the forest and is practically flat. As soon as you begin to descend a little, you find yourself at Bílý kámen (White Stone) well, with the former anti-aircraft rocket base known as Klondajk a little further up . This was built in the 1980s and was armed with long-range missiles.

Take the asphalt path that leads to Klondajk at Stožec Hill (605 m) and continue in the opposite direction, straight on to the Jelení palouky crossing. Here the trail bends to the left, crosses the road, and turns a few times before reaching the highest point of Hřebeny, the 660-metre high Studený vrch (Cold Hill). There is a viewing platform some 16 metres higher, however, which was created on the trigonometric tower here. Descend to Hostomice by following the red and yellow markings. After a demanding walk, you might like to sample the production of another local micro-brewery, housed in the original building from 1857.

Mníšek pod Brdy


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