Hrubá Skála

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Doubravice 37, Turnov, 511 01

Phone:+420 481 389 527
Not far from Turnov, very close to the chateau of the same name, lies the municipality of Hrubá Skála, the first written record of which dates back to 1360. The municipality consists of eight villages spaced relatively far apart, with the names of Bohuslav, Borek, Doubravice, Hnanice, Hrubá Skála, Krčkovice, Rokytnice and Želejov. The Hrubá Skála municipal office is housed in the Řezníček Villa, a listed heritage site.

Standing on a spur of rock in the woods above the municipality is the chateau of Hrubá Skála. It was built in the mid-14th century by Hynek of Valdštejn and was later owned by several notable noble families over the centuries. The chateau is now used as a hotel, but its courtyard with its beautiful views is open to the public. There is a lovely path leading from the village to the chateau, winding upwards past the former brewery and several of the chateau’s outbuildings.

There is no industry in the municipality; visitors are mostly attracted by the gorgeous scenery of the Bohemian Paradise, the beautiful countryside along the middle reaches of the Jizera River, which acquired its name back in 1886. The area around here is full of rock towns, romantic valleys, castles, chateaus and picturesque folk architecture. The Hrubá Skála rock town around the village is one of the region’s symbols. Another is the nearby ruined castle of Trosky. Kozákov is the guardian mountain of the Bohemian Paradise.

Hrubá Skála – Řezníček Villa


An interesting piece of architecture, the villa of the owner of the Hrubá Skála brewery, Karel Řezníček, was built in 1901 according to plans drawn up by the leading architect Jan Vejrych.

The villa, in the south-eastern part of the park-like garden, is laid out in the shape of an irregular cross. There are abundant elements of folk architecture on the individual facades – porches, verandas, gables and window shutters. Above the main entrance there are frescoes featuring the motif of the Czech patron saint St. Wenceslas on horseback, while there is a sundial and a brewer’s emblem on the south side. The eastern facade of the building is topped by a tower with a wooden walkway, offering a picturesque view of the countryside. The pitched roofs of the villa were originally covered with Železný Brod slate.

The villa comprises a basement, two residential floors and an attic with a bedroom, chambers and a loft. The individual floors are connected by an elliptical staircase leading to the entrance level porch as not to disturb the building's residents.The villa’s interiors are in a style consistent with the building as a whole. The villa cost 16 000 gold pieces to build. In 1948, after the communist coup, several rooms were taken over by the national committee; the entire villa was nationalised in 1959 and the family was forced to leave. In 1992 it was returned to the descendants of the original owners and six years later was bought by the famous Turnov patron Bohuslav Horáček, who donated it to the municipality of Hrubá Skála. The building is registered as a monument in the Central List of Cultural Monuments of the Czech Republic (no. 01602553).

The Bohemian Paradise is the ideal leisure-time destination. It offers a dense network of hiking and biking trails, with the Golden Trail of the Bohemian Paradise running like a red thread through the region. Water sports buffs love Jizera River, which also has a long-distance biking route running alongside it – the Greenway Jizera. Bolder visitors can try a hot-air balloon flight or go paragliding.

The Bohemian Paradise was declared the first protected landscape area in the Czech Republic in 1955. The Bohemian Paradise Protected Landscape Area now covers a total area of 181 km2 and its borders are roughly defined by the towns Mnichovo Hradiště, Turnov, Sobotka, Jičín and Železný Brod and the municipality of Frýdštejn.

Owing to its extraordinarily natural, geological and landscape value, the Bohemian Paradise was included in the European Geoparks Network in 2005 and in 2015 the Geopark Bohemian Paradise became the only one in the Czech Republic to become a member of the UNESCO Global Geoparks network. The geopark covers an area of 833 km2.

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