When you come to Kraliky, stand up to the temptation and let the visit of the square for some later moment and first take a view of the town from on high. It is for free, you just get a little bit out of breath, maybe.
Over Kraliky dwarfs a steep hill called Hora Matky Bozi (The Mountain of the God's Mother) with a cloister. From the meadows, that surround the cloister, you will see the whole market-town. Well, you have to first run up the mountain through almost 2 kms long steep lane, which starts at the edge of the town by a Baroque gate. Do not be afraid of a hot summer sun, the lime-treetops offer, even in a hot day, a refreshing shade. And when you start to run out of breath, just have a look at the Baroque chapels, which line the path. There are eight of them.
The view from the cloister is magnificent. Far to the North you can see the mountains of Kralicky Sneznik and at the hillsides around the town you can see grey spots of the fortifications. Do not forget to take binoculars with you, there is really a lot to see.
See the history of the cloister in my travelogue - How Tobias made up his childhood's dream.
To go to the convent you have to walk along the Monastic Avenue, which was founded in 1700. It begins in Kraliky with a symbolic gate from the early 18th century and ends at the convent.
If you can not or do not want to hire a car, this will be the posibility for you... Take an evening fast train 'R974' from Brno to Usti nad Orlici and there change for a commuter 'Os20017' to Kraliky. The one-way trip will cost you 184 CZK and takes you approx. 3 hours.
Going by bus takes you much more time and probably also much more money.
It is a little bit more complicated, but still easy enough. And when they finish the higway it will be much more easier.
So, take the highway D11 to the end before Libice nad Cidlinou, there turn down to the road No.11 and follow it to Chlumec nad Cidlinou, Hradec Kralove, Tyniste nad Orlici, and Zamberk, where you turn to the road No.312 to Lisnice, Pastviny, Mladkov and finally Kraliky.
The whole trip is about 190kms long and takes you approx. 3 hours.
It is very simple to go by car from Brno to Kraliky, just follow the road No.43 to Svitavy, then further to Lanskroun, Stity and finally Kraliky. The whole trip is approx. 125 kms long and it takes you about 2:15 hours to get there.
We visited the Pilgrimage Convent, Dolni Hedec. The foundation stone of the convent was laid in 1706. The convent was opened to the public in 1968.
In the centre of the courtyard is a chapel with the Sacred Stairs. In the chapel, the pilgrims have to climb 28 steps on their knees. The courtyard is surrounded by ambits called the Way of the Cross with baroque altars and sculptures.