These tours to the Eastern part of Czech Republic have been specially designed to show you the most interesting cities in this region. Both tours will run by bus, each participant will receive a lunch box. An extra fee applies.


Full day excursion No. 1

Topic:                  Baroque and „art moderne“ in Eastern Bohemia
             Humprecht Castle, Jičín and Hradec Králové
Date:                         Sunday, 2 September, 2012
Start:                        08:00
Expected return:    18:00
Language:                English
Price:                       30 EUR
Transportation:      bus
Guide:                      Eva Chodějovská


You are kindly invited to visit important examples of bohemian baroque architectural monuments and so-called designed baroque bohemian landscape.

This trip starts with the visit of an early baroque castle situated on the top of the hill overlooking the small town of Sobotka. The „villa“ destinated for the relaxation, hunting and other entertainment was built by an italian architect Carlo Lurago for Humprecht Jan Černín of Chudenice, a nobleman and supreme-advisor of the Emperor Leopold I., in the 1660s. 

Our second stop will be the town of Jičín which lived its most famous period in the first half of the 17th century thanks to Albrecht of Wallenstein, a general of imperial army, who had chosen Jičín to be the capital and residential city of his dukedom. Wallenstein commissioned in Italy trained architects to redesign and reconstruct the town. Niccolò Sebregondi drew probably the first urban plan of a Bohemian town, many new buildings were constructed (incl. intended bishop cathedral) but, what is more, the architects continued the relief in the town’s surroundings through small buildings and landscape elements and transformed it based on astronomical calculations into a unique region, in which the town was connected to its surrounding areas by exact geometrical relationships based on astronomical calculations. Many of the elements of this designed landscape have been preserved and can be observed from the hills in the vicinity of the town or experienced with a short walk in the Wallenstein „casino“ site and adjoining park, which is connected to the town with a lime tree alee.


Hradec Králové is the biggest city in the Hradec Králové Region, and a seat of university. It was founded in the middle ages and became one of the dowry towns of bohemian queens (from this originates the name: Hradec (the castle) Králové (of the queen). Nevertheless, the city is famous especially for its art-deco and cubist modern architecture: in the early modern period Hradec Králové was dotated with a massiv fortifications and transformed into a citadel. Pulling down of this fortifications at the end of the 19th century was used as an opportunity for creating a modern city: František Ulrich, the mayor of the city, invited famous architects Jan Kotěra and Josef Gočár (thanks to him the city grew rapidly in the 1920s and 1930s following an urban project). Hradec Králové became known as the Salon of the Republic. Today, the city is on the top in evaluations of the standard of living in the Czech Republic.





Full day excursion No. 2

Topic:                 Czech UNESCO Heritage Sites: The Gothic Town of Kutna Hora
and Cistercian Monastery in Sedlec 

Location:             Kutná Hora
Date:                       Sunday, 2 September, 2012
Start:                       08:00
Expected return:   17:00
Language:               English

Price:                  30 EUR
Transportation:    bus
Guide:                     Linda Kovářová


Kutná Hora and the neighboring town of Sedlec are one of the most important representatives of Czech Gothic architecture. This territory greatly advanced due to the silver mines, which gained importance during the economic boom of the 13th century. Among the most important monuments in the area are the Gothic five-naved St. Barbara’s Church with 86 meter tower, begun in 1388, the Italian Court, formerly a royal residence and mint which was built at the end of the 13th century, and the Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, a cemetery chapel with the famous ossuary, remodeled in an unique Czech Baroque style between 1703 - 1710 by Czech architect of Italian origins Jan Blazej Santini-Aichl. We will also have the opportunity to visit the exhibition Europa Jagellonica commemorating the artistic influences of Jagellonian dynasty (1386 – 1572) in Central Europe, which is located in the recently reconstructed Jesuit College functioning as regional Central Bohemian Art Gallery.



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