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    Roznov pod Radhostem - an old merry-go-round

    by globetrott Written Mar 5, 2005

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    In the very back of the wooden village you will see this old, romantic merry-go-round and like in the old days you may take a seat and will need someone to take one of the big handles and make the whole construction turn around.
    There is NO electric- or steam-engine, everything works only by muscular-power.
    You may use it free of charge and it might be a really funny thing to remeber for children, as today they are mostly just used to a completely other kind of amusement...

    Roznov pod Radhostem - an old merry-go-round
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    Roznov pod Radhostem > funny bee-hives

    by globetrott Written Mar 5, 2005

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    In the back of the "wooden village-museum" in Roznov pod Radhostem you may see a row of maybe 12 bee-hives, that were built in a really funny way into big trunks.
    The production of honey was a good chance for farmers to have some extra income and of course honey was also used as a medicine in these days.
    When you click on my picture you will these really funny faces that are used to make the holes, where the bees would fly in and out.

    Roznov pod Radhostem > funny bee-hives
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    Roznov p.Radhostem - The windmill from Kladnik

    by globetrott Updated Mar 5, 2005

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    This wooden wind-mill was originally situated in a village called Kladniky and it had 15 owners before it was rebuilt in the Vallachia-village-museum in Roznov pod Radhostem.
    Inside the mill you may see the original grinding machine and the whole mill was able to turn around in a circle in order to get the best use of the winds.
    At the original location in Kladniky the mill included a dwellinghouse and farm buildings and 4 hectares of ground.
    Through a fence you may look inside the mill and see the grinding-machine and its accesories.
    The windmill is a bit off the main path and might easily be overseen !

    Roznov p.Radhostem - The windmill from Kladnik
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    Roznov p.R. > The Wallachian Village - museum

    by globetrott Written Mar 5, 2005

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    You really get the feeling to walk through an old village , where people are still living and working in the traditional way.
    The building on my picture with the nice garden in front is such an excample :

    This Peasant farmstead was an original dwelling-house, barn and cellar with hayloft and was originally built in Horni Becva in the end of the 19th century.
    It was de-constructed 20 years ago and rebuilt again in the museum .
    The garden needs a fence in the open-air-museum because of the many sheep, ducks and goats running freely through the museum - giving you even more the feeling to be in a real farm-village !

    For more infos and pics about this museum - please click on my link below !

    Roznov p.R. > The Wallachian Village - museum
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    Roznov pod Radhostem - 60km east of Brno

    by globetrott Written Feb 28, 2005

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    Roznov pod Radhostem / Rosenau am Radegast is a small town about 60 km east of Brno .
    The major attraction of that town is a large museum of old wooden houses, that were taken down at many places all over Czechia and were rebuilt in Roznov in a way that you get the feeling to be inside an old village.
    The museum consists of 3 parts that you may visit seperately or with a combination-ticket.
    1)The Mill valley, consisting of different kinds of watermills and you may visit it by guided tours only, that will include demonstrations of the mills working like in the old days.
    2)The wooden village is the oldest part of the museum, down in the village and it includes a great church, cemetery, a post-office, grocery, merry-go-round, beehives etc.
    3)The Vallachian village up on a hill nearby, including many farmhouses, horses, sheep, geese etc.
    Also the town of Roznov is nice for a little walk.

    Please click on my link below for more infos and pics about this great place !

    Roznov pod Radhostem - 60km east of Brno
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    Jihlava / Iglau - north-west of Brno / Brünn

    by globetrott Written Feb 28, 2005

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    Jihlava / Iglau is a rather big town , about 60km north-west of Brno / Brünn, and not far from the highway to Prague.
    One of my grandmothers came from Milicov - close to Jihlava / Iglau.
    For that reason I came there already once in communiste times, about 1978 in order to search for relatives. We stayed in a hotel in Jihlava and I was really impressed by the great town-square of the 1st city I could explore in Tschechoslovakia.

    When I returned in summer 2004 I have to admit, it was nice, especially the old tower of the wall, but on the total - and after having seen so many much more beautiful towns in Czechia - I was a bit disappointed...

    Jihlava / Iglau might be a good place for a stop-over, when you are in the area around Brno or visit Telc, Znojmo etc.

    Jihlava / Iglau - north-west of Brno / Br��nn
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    Valaske Mezirci - east of Olomouc

    by globetrott Written Feb 28, 2005

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    Valaske Mezirci / Walachisch - Meseritsch is a nice small town in the east of Czechia, not far from Roznov pod Radhostem.
    My favorite part was the lovely main square with the townhall, dating back to 1677 and the former pharmacy "U cerveho orla" / red eagle - it is a restaurant today and the best is the facade.
    The castle of Valaske Mezirci dates back to 1538 and was sold to the Czech state in 1854 by the Kinsky family. The castle became then the only prison for women of the Austrian empire .

    Valaske Mezirci - east of Olomouc
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    Kromeritz

    by globetrott Written Feb 28, 2005

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    Kromeriz is another interesting place, when you start to explore the east of Czechia.
    There is a big castle with a really excellent interior, BUT unfortunately Photography is forbidden inside, and only guided tours are available !
    Around the castle is a great park with a baroque maze and even a small zoo .
    Don't miss the big townsquare with plenty of great baroque buildings and churches.

    You might need half a day in order to explore the most important sights of Kromeritz.

    Kromeritz
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    TELC / Teltsch

    by globetrott Written Feb 28, 2005

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    Telc / Teltsch is a small village of only 6000 inhabitants, 75 Km west of Brno / Brünn.
    The UNESCO declared the town-square of Telc to be a "World heritage" , as it consists only of beautiful and unique baroque buildings.
    You need about 10 minutes to walk from the big parking to the historic town-square of Telc.
    You will walk by a lovely lake and see the monastery of Telc first.
    Then you enter a gate and will get into a completely different world, full of great baroque buildings !
    The town-square - called namesti Zachariase z Hradce / Zarachias von Neuhaus-Platz - is made like a giant triangle.

    In 1530 the town burned down and had to be rebuilt completely new. This is one of the reasons , why all of the buildings seem to be built by the same architect, although they are all different .
    It is absolutely worth to walk to the very end of the town-square, far behind the plague-column.
    There, at the two corners of the small side of the triangel, that forms the shape of the square , you will see 2 of the very few side-streets, where the row of old buildings is interrupted.
    And there you will find as well a few nice benches in order to sit down and relax a bit, while taking a closer look at the buildings.

    For more infos and pics - please click on my link below and see my Telc-page !!

    Telc / Telsch - 150km south-east of Prague
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    Mikulov / Nikolsburg - south of Brno / Brünn

    by globetrott Written Feb 13, 2005

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    Mikulov / Nikolsburg is the first town after the border between Austria and Czechia, when driving from Vienna to Brno / Brünn.
    There is a great castle - shown on my picture , a big thomb that looks rather like a church and a lovely house with graffitis on main square and finally a jewish cemetery.

    Mikulov castle
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    Veveři Castle

    by Kettleman Updated Feb 7, 2005

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    Only recently opened to the public. The Castle sits on a hillside overlooking the river and what is now Brno Lake near Veverska Bityska.

    We were lucky that a friend's daughter was there as a guide during the summer and at the end of the day when the public were leaving we had a private tour...

    Recently used as a builders apprentice school the castle is in a bad state and in need of renovation.

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    An old airfield outside of Vyskov

    by globetrott Written Nov 14, 2004

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    Vyskov is about 40 km east of Brno / Brünn and is a great and interesting place to visit for all those people who are interested in
    Eastblock airplanes, tanks and Helicopters
    You simply have to leave the highway and drive on direction Prirov and will pass by an old airfield that displayes certainly hundreds of old planes, helicopters, tanks and other military vehicles that you would never have been able to see during the times of the Communists.
    Take road Nr. 47 and drive from Vyskov towards the east and you will pass by it.
    Opening-times :
    Saturday + Sunday
    09.00a.m. - 12.00 noon and 02.00p.m.- 06.00p.m.
    I saw it just from outside,and took these pics through the fence !
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    Vyskov
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    Freedom square & the plague column

    by globetrott Updated Nov 12, 2004

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    On most of the squares in Brno / Brünn you will see great religious monuments like this column , that was built in order to memorize the end of the plague.

    It is amazing to see, how many of such religious monuments have survived the communiste times and still look great after all these years.

    It is a pity that only a few of the Art Nouveau-streetlamps are left over and were replace by this strange type on my picture.
    In the back of my picture you may see the church of St.Jacob

    Brno / Br��nn
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    have a look around in the park

    by globetrott Written Jun 4, 2004

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    Take a closer look around in the park and you will see this great oldfashioned well, not far from the castle.

    b.t.w., NO Photography or Video inside the castle .
    The tour is 50 Kronen ( less than 2 Euros) for the smaller tour and 80 Kronen for the bigger tour.

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    Rajec castle - the opening times

    by globetrott Written Jun 4, 2004

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    The opening times of the castle are as follows :

    April, September and October :
    09.00a.m.-12.00 and 01.00-04.00p.m.
    May till August . open 1 hour more till 05.00p.m.

    Closed every Monday !!

    last guided tour is 1 hour before closing time.

    On saturdays in the morning, there will be no tours in case that a wedding takes place there.

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