Is Hradec Too Small for You?
Hradec Králové is the centre of the Hradecko tourist area, which covers the main tourist attractions in its vicinity. Let this be an inspiration for you to pay us a visit …
Hrádek u Nechanic
You may meet the White Lady
503 15 Nechanice
+420 495 441 244
The chateau is one of the most significant Romantic structures in our territory. Many a fairy tale or serial was shot there. A golf course is situated in the English landscaped park. Come and visit some of the chateau events held during Christmas or Easter or a period flower garden festival and traditional Folklore Meeting.
This village which is referred to as early as 1352, is towered over by the Early Baroque Church of St. George built in 1690–1692. The nearby castle was built on the orders of František Arnošt, the Count of Harrach, in English Romantic Gothic Style in 1839–1854, The two-wing structure with a two-storey tower finished off with castellation and its Pseudo-Gothic outbuildings are surrounded by a castle park, which today is used as a pleasant golf course. The castle interiors boast many splendid furnishings and collections and the castle is a venue of many interesting events.
Location: 12 km west of Hradec Králové
Other information: www.hradek-nechanice.cz
Libčany Bonsai Centre
A piece of Asia not far from Hradec
Libčany 137, 503 22
+420 495 585 430
Many a bonsai grower will find reason to rejoice12 kmwest of the town. The sale exposition is open every day except for Monday and Sunday. In the grounds you will be able to see a mini bonsai ZOO, a genuine Asian garden and a little lake with KOI carp. Several times a year it is the venue of specialised seminars and topiary competitions.
Other information: www.bonsaicentrum.cz
Všestary Centre of Experimental Archaeology
Can you start a fire without matches?
503 12 Všestary
+420 721 885 541
Have you grown weary of the achievements of civilisation? Then go back to prehistoric times! The remarkable outdoor museum exposition will give you the chance of not only seeing but also trying how our predecessors used to live in ancient times. The Archeopark has been constructed piece by piece since 1997, with the sole use of prehistoric processes and technologies.
Memorial of the 1866 Battle of Chlum
A hard-fought battle
Chlum No. 66
503 12 Všestary
+420 495 447 058
The six kilometre distant hillock of Chlum is the site of the second largest military battle of the 19th century which took place on July 3, 1866. Thousands of soldiers killed there are commemorated by more than 500 monuments scattered around the entire battlefield. Apart from the monuments you can find here an observation tower, enabling a perfect view of the surrounding landscape and a newly built annex to the Museum of the Prussia-Austrian War. On anniversaries of the battle large piety and remembrance events are held here.
In 1936 the Museum of the 1866 War was set up in Chlum displaying weaponry and garments of the warring armies. A nearby interesting Neo-Gothic ossuary is guarded by two limestone lions. The whole area of the battlefield and its environs can be viewed from a modern observation tower. Other monuments witnessing the battle of July 3, 1866 may be found in surrounding villages. The battlefield area is also interwoven with sightseeing trails. Every year commemorative festivities are held at the beginning of July accompanied by a demonstration of the battle.
Location: 7 km from Hradec Králové in the direction of Hořice, Jičín
Other information: www.chlum1866.cz
Chlumec nad Cidlinou
Pay a visit to the lord of the castle
+420 495 703 871
On your travels you should reserve more time for this “Town among Gardens”, as Chlumec is also referred to thanks to its location amidst pleasant scenery. You can visit here the Baroque castle named Karlova Koruna designed by J. B. Santini-Aichel, theLoretaMunicipalMuseumand Chlumec Garden Railway.
This town became renowned not only as the birth place of the dramatist V. K. Klicpera but also thanks to the unsuccessful peasant rebellion. After all, the saying “they ended up as peasants at Chlumec” has been used to this date. The dominating feature of the town is the BaroqueKarlovaKorunaCastle, the residence of František Ferdinand Kinský. The castle was built by the architect František Maxmilián Kaňka in 1721–1723 according to the design of Jan Blažej Santini-Aichel. The castle Chapel of Annunciation from the mid 18th century is probably also the work of Santini. The Renaissance Parish Church of St. Ursula dates back to 1536–1543, and the sculptural group with the Virgin to 1710. The Church of the Holy Trinity in the cemetery, founded as early as the 13th century, underwent many constructional adaptations. Today, the Loreta building is the seat of theMunicipalMuseum.
Location: 30 km west of Hradec Králové, in the direction of Prague
Christmas all year round
Masaryk Square 24
503 46 Třebechovice pod Orebem
+420 495 592 053
Nativity scenes are usually connected with the Christmas period, but the moving figures of Probošt’s unique carved masterpiece, as well as more than 300 other nativity scenes can be admired here throughout the whole year.
This little town is situated under the Oreb Hillock at the confluence of the Rivers Orlice and Dědina. The Late Baroque Church of St. Andrew was built in 1767–1770; theChurchofCorpus Christi, situated in the cemetery on the Oreb Hillock, is of the Late Classicist Style and dates back to1835. Inthe square stands the Marian Column from1709, asculptural group of the Holy Trinity from 1749 and a fountain originating from 1675. The town is renowned for itsMuseumofNativity Sceneswith the most famous exhibit called “Probošt’s Movable Nativity Scene”. This unique work was created by Josef Probošt, Josef Kapucián and Josef Friml, who in forty years carved 2000 figures, trees and architectural pieces.
Location: 10 km east of Hradec Králové
Other information: www.betlem.cz
Podorlicko Open-air Museum in Krňovice
How did our predecessors live?
506 46 Třebechovice pod Orebem
+420 603 510 169
Approx.12 kmin the direction of Třebechovice lies thevillageofKrňovice, where you can visit an open-air museum presenting folk rural architecture ofEastern Bohemia. The exposition includes original structures or their replicas, interiors and functional period tools. Throughout the year various workshops are held here as well as several topical events.
Other information: www.krnovice.cz
+420 495 703 911
This town was founded on the River Cidlina before 1305 and its regular layout of buildings is a rare example of mediaeval urbanism. The Neo-Gothic town hall was erected on the spot of the former Renaissance town hall in 1862–1865. The Gothic Church of St. Lawrence, (originally of the Mother of God) was founded in the early 14th century and adapted in the Baroque style in the 17th and 18th centuries. TheBaroqueChurch of the Holy Trinity is the work of Mikuláš Rossi from 1717–1726. The greatest attraction is the old Jewish Cemetery, founded in 1520 and enlarged in 1735. After the Jewish Cemetery inPrague, it is the second largest inBohemia (with more than 1400 gravestones). The War of 1866 is commemorated by the military cemetery, where 67 Austrian, Prussian and Saxon soldiers are buried. The square is dominated by a plague column dedicated to the Virgin from 1716.
Location: 23 km west of Hradec Králové
Other information: www.novybydzov.cz
This little town is known for its late 17th century castle standing at the spot of a former stronghold. The main attraction is the castle’s Baroque Chapel of Epiphany, built in 1699–1711. It is thought to be the work of Christoph Dientzenhofer and by some, also of Jan Blažej Santini-Aichel. The beautiful Baroque interior contains the ceiling paintings by Jan Jakub Stevens of Steinfels from 1699 and houses the altar painting “Adoration of the Magi” dating back to 1727 – a masterpiece of the significant Baroque painter Petr Brandl (national cultural heritage).
Location: 10 km southeast of Hradec Králové, in the direction of Jaroměř
Other information: www.mestosmirice.cz
The poetic name – Czech Inspiration has been given to the association of eight historical towns: Hradec Králové, Cheb, Jindřichův Hradec, Kutná Hora, Litomyšl, Polička, Telč and Třeboň, which set as their target showing visitors their vast architectural and cultural heritage as well as rich cultural life. The association publishes topical promotional materials and also releases an annual calendar of cultural events in individual towns. More information can be found at www.ceskainspirace.cz
Royal Dowry Towns
The city of Hradec Králové, similarly as Dvůr Králové nad Labem, Chrudim, Jaroměř, Mělník, Nový Bydžov, Polička, Trutnov and Vysoké Mýto, is a royal dowry town. From the 14th century Czech kings would give these towns one by one to their wives, the queens, and these places represented for them both a retreat and an important source of income. Royal dowry towns rank among the most beautiful and interesting spots in the Czech Republic. The union, founded by these towns, produces articles to promote tourism and organises joint activities in the area of culture and sport. More information can be found at http://www.vennamesta.cz/, www.dowrytowns.cz