4.Open a chocolate box of delectable cottages
So unbelievably pretty, it has become the holy grail of film makers. Vesec u Sobotky is the epitome of chocolate box perfect villages.
The pond, lined with leafy mature trees, centres amidst Vesec traditional log cottages, creating a scene that has appeared in numerous movies, Czech and international. But don’t leave as yet. If you’ve arrived in the early months of summer, venture down the country lane leading into the fields, you’ll find it on the other side of the pond. Literally just past the last house, the ditches are red with the colour of ripe red currents and dark cherries. Stay a while and enjoy the sweet moment.
5.Visit Kost Castle, a mediaeval treasure
“The castle is hard as a bone and it belongs to a dog!” According to a beautiful but completely untrue legend, these are apparently the words of an unsuccessful invader that got the magnificent Castle Kost (Bone) its name.
The dark threatening silhouette alone is an alluring feature, drawing visitors to this mediaeval castle which is one of the best preserved gothic heritage sites in the Czech Republic.
Its history began some time in the 14th century as an insignificant one-chamber and one-tower building of whose best advantage was its elevated position on a rock. Over the centuries it has changed hands and appearance several times to finally become the property of Kinsky family who still remain the owners today.
Like many castles in the Czech Republic, Kost is closed on Mondays.
6.Eat at the Château Detenice
Resist your temptation to run away at the rather brisk almost rude greeting, shouted at you by the rough looking publican. It is all part of the playful yet well delivered medieval theme of the charming Resort Château Detenice.
Straw covered floors, blackened walls, and only candle light to reveal what’s on the menu is part of the charm. Tavern Detenice has gone back to its medieval roots to project the dining experience our ancestors would have once enjoyed. The extremely well executed theme isn’t where the success ends. The food comes huge and truly delicious, especially the lamb cutlets, steak tatar, and slow roasted duck.
Other than the amazing food, the lippy tavern maidens – who have no patience with indecisive patrons and deal briskly with misbehaving customers – are a lot of fun. Most of the entertainment in the tavern is in Czech, but the food, fire-breathing and sword-swallowing doesn’t need to be translated to be enjoyed.
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