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  • River Jizera @ Malá Skála
    River Jizera @ Malá Skála
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  • River Jizera @ Malá Skála
    River Jizera @ Malá Skála
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Mala Skala Things to Do

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    SEE THE WOODEN HOUSES

    by balhannah Written Jan 3, 2014

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    The Czech Republic has many different styles of housing through-out the country.
    In Malá Skála, there were many wood houses built in Folk Architecture. Some were the "cow-house“ type, which means the owners had a cowshed or stable at the back and could enter the house without going outside. This was very handy in Winter when snowed in.
    The houses were made out of dark wooden logs and had white between the logs which looked like white lines. It was great to see these old preserved homes today.

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    VRANOV PANTHEON

    by balhannah Written Jan 3, 2014

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    Vranov Rock Castle [Vranov Pantheon] is believed to be the most elaborate, longest and largest Rock Castle in Bohemia. It also was the last one to be built.

    We stopped as we could see some people right at the top at what was a look-out. What a view it would be from there, so off we went trying to find the way up, unfortunately for us, we never did find out how to reach the Pantheon & Chapel.

    SOME DETAILS...........
    In the 15th century, located on this long narrow steep sandstone cliff, once stood a natural Fortress. The castle was founded around 1425 by Heník of Wallenstein. A wooden Watch Tower was built and was only accessible by a narrow, steep staircase carved into the rock. Rooms and cellars were carved out the sandstone rocks and wooden beams were added where necessary.

    Later in time, entrepreneur František Zechariah Römisch rebuilt the Castle and decided to create a Vranova Pantheon - the famous [refers to the Pantheon of Greek mythology]
    Inside the castle and in the forest, he ordered the installation of various tombstones, inscriptions, monuments and burial mounds celebrating outstanding writers and poets, legendary heroes, Czech rulers and military leaders. Left now are ruins.

    What I could see from the bottom that looked to be a lovely Chapel was a Summer House built in Romantic Gothic style in 1826. The interior of the Summer Palace and Pantheon began to deteriorate, only the Summer house has survived and that is under threat and not open to the public at the moment.

    Access: on foot from Malá Skála, red trail (1.5 km).
    Park the car in Malá Skála and continue on foot.
    Bike not recommended.

    OPEN DAILY FROM 9 - 6pm
    April, May, September, October: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 9:00 to 6:00 p.m.
    June-August: Mon-Sun 9:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    ADMISSION
    ADULTS: 35, - CZK
    Students, children over 6 years 20 CZK
    Family ticket (2 adults + 3 children): 100, - CZK

    After paying the entrance fee you will receive a guided tour text and then you explore by yourself.

    PHOTO GALLERY
    http://www.vranov-pantheon.org/fotogalerie.html

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    FRYDSTEJN CASTLE

    by balhannah Updated Jan 2, 2014

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    Frýdštejn Castle ruins rise above the valley of the Jizera River. To visit, it's only a short drive of 20kms from Liberec or 6kms from Mala Skala.
    A lot of Castles in this area are "rock castles" that I hadn't seen before, so I wanted to check them out.

    The actual date of this Castle is unknown, how-ever it did get a mention in 1385.
    It changed hands a few times before 1409 when frýdštejnského Bohus took over ownership, hence the name Frýdštejn Castle. He was a Catholic so was under attack by the Hussites, luckily he was able to make a deal with the Hussites not to take any hostile action. The castle was bought and sold many more times until it became uninhabitable in 1591.

    Frydstejn was a typical rock castle. The way in wasn't know, although it is thought to be right of the tower on the ground floor. Inside were many small rooms and cellars carved in the rock. One was believed to be the Chapel as a niche in the wall and the altar suggest this.
    The large castle tower built on the highest rock in order to watch a wide area, is the best preserved part of the castle. It is 15 m high and 9 m in diameter, with two-meter thick walls and there was only one entrance in!

    The castle was in part carved in the rock and the limited space made the builders create a structure consisting of several storeys. The defence was provided by the bulwark in which a large round tower was incorporated.

    If you have heard of the film the " Flying Shoemaker" – the scenes from the witch tower were shot right here.

    The drive to the Castle was through nice countryside.
    Once again, we arrived to find the Castle wasn't open in April.

    OPENING HOURS
    May - October Tu - Su 10 - 5PM

    ADMISSION FEE
    ADULTS 50cz
    Children: 20,00 CZK children up to the age of 15 years
    Students: 30,00 CZK
    Senior citizens: 30,00 CZK

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Mala Skala Restaurants

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    Pizzeria Pietro Tomasso: Good Pizza!

    by balhannah Written Jan 3, 2014

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    Pizza we both like and there happened to be a Pizzeria here! There was room to park the car for free, that was good!
    We went inside to see the Menu and found quite a few people here, a popular eatery!
    Wow! A huge choice of approx. 30 different Pizzas! We ordered and then sat at an outside table on the terrace.

    I can't remember what I ordered, only have the photo, but I can tell you both our Pizzas were good. A hot chocolate for me and a Beer fro my husband to wash it down.
    We found the prices reasonable, ambience, food and service good!
    You don't have to have pizza, they have on the Menu pasta and salads. For sweets, all kinds of pancakes, sundaes and homemade Tiramisu.

    You can check out the menu on the listed website.

    OPEN
    Monday - Thursday Noon - 10pm
    Friday Noon - 11pm
    Saturday & sunday 11.30 - 11pm

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Mala Skala Off The Beaten Path

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    DRY ROCKS

    by balhannah Written Jan 3, 2014

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    It was time to depart Mala Skala and head to the town of Koberovy. From Mala Skala, the road led us up the mountain side and around some "S" bends. It was on one of these bends where the Dry Rocks (Teacher's organ) is situated. These rock formations are sharp, jagged sandstone ridges of rocks that stand out high above the surrounding forests. The sandstone is about 100 million years old .
    In the year 2000, Dry Rocks were declared a national natural monument. There is a walking path you can follow, I didn't as I had no idea of the distance.

    Path: Follow the blue trail from Mala Skala or the green trail of Líšného (about 2 km).
    Location: About 2 miles from Mala Skala

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Mala Skala Sports & Outdoors

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    JIZERA RIVER

    by balhannah Written Jan 3, 2014

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    I thought the town of Malá Skála was in a pretty setting as the Jizera river ran through its middle.

    There is an island where a Motor Camp is situated.
    You can go rafting on this River. The 12km journey begins at Mala Skala and takes approx. 2 to 2.5 hours.
    The price depends on size of the group (EUR -10/p.)

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