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Ihave been lucky enough to have visited Czechia on many occasions. I have passed through towns and cities, briefly stopping to have lunch or to visit an attraction for a couple of hours.
Below are a collection of photos that I have taken throughout the years traveling in Czechia.
Pustevny is a popular tourist center in the Beskydy mountains area. Pustevny gets in name from hermits (“poustevníci” in Czech) that used to live here in the 18th and 19th Century. It is famous for the two wooden buildings dominating the place–"Maměnka and Libusin". They were designed by Archetect Dusan Jurkovic and shows a typical Valasko and Slavic folk architecture.
Maměnka is a hotel which you can book and Libusin is a restaurant. In the summer it is a starting point for hikers and in the winter it becomes a ski center. You can see more on how this place looks wonderful covered in snow when I went on a winter hike.
Situated in Roznov Pod Radhostem, this is Europe’s largest open-air museum. The wooden folk building town celebrates the customs and traditions of the Walachia region.
Each building transports you back in time to show you how the villages use to live their daily lives. Its a great place to go as a family.
In the summer of 2007 I visited the International Music Festival Janacek Hukvaldy. This classical music festival takes place in the open park amphitheater under the Hukvaldy castle. The festival has been going on since 1994 which started as a way to celebrate the music of world–renowned Czech composer Leos Janacek.
Since then it has also included other composers and Czech music. I had come here this year to see the Czech folk singer Jaromír Nohavica.
UNESCO World Heritage site
Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc
Located on the Morava river, this historical city was once the capital of the Moravia region in the eastern part of Czechia. The city is known for the Holy Trinity Column in the the main square, Horní náměstí (Upper Square). Part of the Unesco World Heritage site list, the baroque column was built between 1716–1754.
At the center of the square is the town hall with the Astronomical Clock in the northern facade. Wonderfully decorated in a mosaic, it has a love–hate relationship with the Czech people. It is no way as impressive as the astronomical clock in Prague.
The city was the base for many of my travels. The third largest city in Czechia it is only 1km from the border of Poland. Unfortunately I never took advantage of walking around and taking photos of the city.
Below are some photos of the Christmas market at Masaryk Square, the city center in 2010.
Hiking through a mini snow blizzard in the Beskydy mountains
Magical nature trail through the snow covered forests of Beskydy
Short trips in different seasons to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe