The Gothic Pernštejn castle from the middle of the 13th century stands in the eastern edge of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, near the settlement of Pernštejn, part of the township of Nedvědice, which formed its sub-castle. The building of the lords of Pernštejn, with its simple bergfrit layout, was rebuilt several times until the 16th century and, above all, expanded, yet it did not lose its defensive capabilities when transformed into a representative and comfortable residence, which makes Pernštejn one of the most important Moravian castles. It is protected as a monument, in 1995 it was declared a national cultural monument. The castle is owned by the Czech Republic and is open to the public.
A set of folk architecture buildings Veselý Kopec.
When visiting Veselý Kopec, the visitor will recall images of Josef Lady full of calm, balance, order and harmony. The open-air museum is located on the border between the Iron Mountains and Žďárské vrchy. More than one painter was enchanted by the clash of a harmonious, unspoiled landscape with a poor mountain region full of hills and stones.
The local region provided an ideal location for the construction of an open-air museum. It corresponded to their ideas about life in the countryside. Of the original houses standing on Veselé Kopec, a landless cottage has been preserved – the abode of the poorest class. Other structures were transported from nearby villages. Currently, the open-air museum consists of almost thirty objects.
Visitors to Veselé Kopec and its surroundings are in for a truly extraordinary experience that will force you to slow down for a while.
You can find more information about the open-air museum, tour options and cultural events organized in the area on the official website at the link HERE.
Harusův hill (741 meters above sea level) is the highest peak of the Křižanov Highlands. It is located in the district of Žďár nad Sázavou (Vysočina Region) between Radňovice, Jiříkovice and Nový Město na Morava in the area of the Žďárské vrchy PLA. The hill was named after its 18th century owner. From 1920, a wooden tourist hut stood on the top, but it burned down in 1942 and was never rebuilt. Today, there is a television transmitter visible from afar (it is not accessible to the public). On the eastern slope there is a well-known ski slope, which is the most visited in the Highlands.
The slope on the eastern slope (blue) is 550 m long and has an elevation of 110 m. There is one chair lift with a length of 453 m. The slope is machine-groomed, there is the possibility of artificial snow and night skiing (artificial lighting). The capacity of the area is 1050 persons/hour.
For detailed information, visit the campus website HERE.
ZÁMEK RODINY KINSKÝCH
The real historical center of the city of Žďár nad Sázavou is located in the grounds of the former Cistercian monastery, today’s castle owned by the Kinský family.
During the reign of Emperor Joseph II. in 1784, the monastery was finally abolished and changed into an economic center and castle. After the dissolution of the monastery, all property came under the management of the Religious Fund. In 1826, Josef Vratislav from Mitrovic bought it at a public auction. After his death, Josef František, Prince Dietrichstein-Proskau-Leslie (1798-1858) took over the estate, in 1862 the estate was transferred to his youngest daughter Clotilda Countess Clam-Gallas, née Dietrichstein (1828-1899). In 1930, the château became the property of the Chlumec branch of the Kinský family. The owner was Eleonora Kinská, née Clam-Gallasová (1887-1967), the mother of Radslav Kinský (1928-2008), to whom the manor was returned in restitution in 1992. Today, the castle is owned by his sons Charles Nicolas and Constantin Kinští.
KOSTEL NA ZELENÉ HOŘE
The symbol of a legendary saint and the work of a genius builder
The transformation of Gothic elements into a Baroque form originated in Italy, and through Austria, a building style referred to as Baroque Gothic, which has no equivalent in Europe, moved to us at the beginning of the 18th century. The church of St. was built in this style between 1719 and 1722. Jan Nepomucký on Zelená hora in Žďár nad Sázavou.
The Pilgrimage Church on Zelená hora is a unique work of art and undoubtedly the most individual work of the brilliant Czech architect with Italian ancestry, Jan Blažej Santini-Aichl, in the Baroque Gothic style. The building deviates from the common artistic norms and ideas of the time. The interpenetration of complex spatial formations, the dynamism of the building material, denying all the weight of the masonry, all testify to the exceptionality of this architecture.
The foundation of the church was connected with the upcoming beatification and canonization of John of Nepomuk, after he was in his grave in the Prague Cathedral of St. He welcomes the discovery of his supposedly miraculously intact tongue. The construction was started in 1719 by the decision of the abbot of the Cistercian monastery in Žďár, Václav Vejmluva, and consecrated only two years later.
About 3 kilometers from the village of Křižánky, the highest peak of the Žďárské vrchy rises to the sky and, after Javořica, the second highest peak of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, Devět skal (836 meters above sea level).
The rock formation was created due to frost weathering, and today there is an interesting labyrinth with nine rock towers and three small turrets, among which are, for example, the Main Block, the Tricky Tower, the Royal Castle or the Pyramid.
It is on the Main Block that visitors will find a viewpoint with a railing, from where, in good weather, there are views of Svratka and the border of Bohemia and Moravia. Under ideal conditions, it is then possible to see as far as the Giant Mountains or the Jizera Mountains.
SINGLETRACKY A VYSOČINA ARÉNA
The Vysočina Arena complex in Nové Město na Moravě is known not only for cross-country skiing, but also for biathlon and MTB. Every year, the most important world competitions in cross-country skiing and biathlon take place in the area near the Ski Hotel.
The arena offers track courses of various difficulties, so both experienced and beginners will find something to do here. Here you will find technically easy, fun and safe trails for children, natural trails for disabled cyclists that can be used in wheelchairs or handbikes, but also really challenging trails for experienced bikers, whose difficulty level can be compared to the trails of the Mountain Bike World Cup.
In the Czech Republic, a world-unique facility – PEKLO – was opened, which has no parallels in Europe or anywhere else in the world. You can find it near Hlinsko in Bohemia in the village of Čertovina.
This is an absolutely exceptional building, which extends to a depth of 12 meters underground, where there are hundreds of meters of corridors and caves, and eight meters towards the heavens.
The character of the structure resembles a giant overturned ship with a length of 65 meters and a width of 14 meters. A legend is connected to this building, which says that in 666, devils sailed on a hellish ship and searched for sinful souls. One night, however, they were caught by a cruel storm and turned the whole ship upside down. Lucifer took his huge pitchfork and stuck it right in front of the bow of the overturned ship and said, “Hell will never go to heaven!”. He ordered all the furries to dig and dig until they dug their own HELL. And the sinful souls in the earthly world, who were not afraid to settle nearby, called this place Hell.
VRCH ŽÁKOVA HORA – 4 KM
Žákova hora (810 m) is one of the prominent peaks of the Žďárské vrchy. It is located about 2 km from the settlement of Cikháj and about 2.5 km southwest of Devíti skal. The peak was named after the legend about the inmates of the Židár monastery who got lost on the mountain and were never found. The forest complex around Žákova hora has been declared a forest-type reservation since 1933. It is a nice trip, but the hill is wooded and there is no view from it. Here we can find the Eleonorka well and the Silver well. The Moravian river – Svratka – originates in Stříbrná studánka. The Educational trail Žákova hora – Tisůvka passes through Žákova hora. The starting point is the village of Cikháj. Those who follow it will walk about 10 km.