I was hiking a few times around beautiful Beskydy Mountains surrounding Jablunov. The views over Czech, Poland and Slovakia were amazing. Add wildlife including... great natives I was lucky to meet on a trail or in mountain cottages ("chata"), delicious although very cheap beer and usually very good local dishes there. Simply great relax far from...more
I together with my Polish friends came to this restaurant once in 2002 or 2003. Hmm... big mistake. Btw Silesia is a name of historical region which mostly belongs to Poland now.
Although we were very sober, we didn't understand neither Czech nor English/German of our waiter. He gave us some local dishes but not what we expected. OK, it may happen but... the dishes were not good, tasted not fresh, like heated in a microwave. Add very poor and low quality salads (hmm... quite common in Czech). Finally we ordered beer which was not good (fresh) as well. I wasn't brave enough to order coffee there :-).
Are you hungry? Drive 10 km (6 mi) south to Mosty u Jablunkova - cheaper and much better food there :-).
Favorite Dish: Sorry, none.
Once (in 2001 as I remember) I visited local cafe (kavarna in Czech language) located on Jablunkov main square (Marianske Namesti). Go upstairs. The cafe was very cheap but hmm... completely empty in the early evening. Interiors didn't look pretty and I... didn't like coffee served in Czech Republic. So, I didn't take a place there although they offered Czech beer in bottles there as well.
Dress Code: Always casual, I mean T-shirt, jeans and trainers for example.
Czech part of the highway E-75 was... less bumpy than Polish and quite picturesque with mountains on both sides. Traffic was usually moderate or light but slow because of many towns/villages (speed limit 50 kmh = 31 mph mostly obeyed by local drivers but not... Polish), bends and very slooow Czech trucks and buses.Road distances to JablonkovFrom...more
There were quite numerous "bicycle parking lots" in Jablunkov called bike racks in English. Look for them in front of larger stores, churches, town hall and in main town square. Quite many locals used to travel by bicycle even in cold weather. Add weekend visitors and locals riding bicycles for recreation esp. in sunny summers.more
I usually parked my car on empty or almost empty parking lots located on both sides of Jablunkov main square (Marianske namesti). Once or twice - in summer weekends - there was no place there but I always easy found a place for my car somewhere close. The traffic on highway E-75 passing Jablunkov main square was usually light or medium.more
There were two less known and the cheapest Czech brand beers available in Vecerka: Primus and Klasik.Primus (Primus Pale) was brewed in Plzen brewery (like Pilsner Urquell). Not my favourite beer: too light and too tasteless, much maltier than Urquell.No hop taste to speak of. Klasik brewed in Radegast brewery is light beer with alcohol volume...more
Budejovicky Budvar known as Budweiser Budvar in 58 countries (Czechvar in the USA) is brewed in Ceske Budejovice. In my opinion it's the best bottled beer (Premium Larger, I mean) I used to buy in Czech. There were two variants of Budejovicky Budvar available in Vecerka grocery: Svetly lezak (with red label, known as Budvar Premium Lager abroad)...more
Radegast beer is brewed in Nosovice, eastern part of Czech Republic (called Moravia) since 1567. There were three unique variants of Radegast available in Vecerka grocery: Premium, Original and Birell with alcohol volume content: 5, 4 and 0.49%. Personally I preferred Premium although it was not my favourite Czech beer brand.My short opinion on...more
Haha, for most of you it's nothing new. But in former Czechoslovakia (before 1990) there were almost no commercial advertisements along streets, highways and on state-owned stores. There were communist propaganda banners instead that time. Now, even in small Jablunkov there are more and more colorful commercial advertisements. Not always pretty......more
Driving many times through Jablunkov since 80' I noticed that many locals started to paint their houses since say 1990 when communism fell down. Before, most houses were grey-back and not painted for years, hmm... expect local Czechoslovac Communist Party seat. Now, most houses are painted in various colours like bright green as you can see on my...more
The Czech Republic is the only country in Central and Eastern Europe to have gone through the radical transformation phase without experiencing mass unemployment - it's below 10% (in, say Poland almost 20%). But in Moravia (and northwestern Bohemia) where Jablunkov is located the situation is much worse with unemplyment in some countryside areas of...more
Look at walls of building which were not painted for years in Jablunkov - they were not pretty black.There was large steelworks in nearby Trinec which produced a lot of dark smoke in the past. The smoke was white when I was there in 2002 last time. Did they equiped factory chimneys with filters, or what?Hmm... I didn't feel any air pollution in...more
Excuse me, it's more Czech than Jablunkov Warning Or Danger tip - I will transfer it to my new Czech page, soon!Driving around Czech Republic I noticed numerous dirty industry producing a lot of smelling smoke located often among wonderful mountain ranges. Hmm... real crime against nature, I always thought. Additionaly air pollution may cause some...more
Excuse me, it's more Czech than Jablunkov Warning Or Danger tip - I will transfer it to my new Czech page, soon!There were a lot of trees growing one by one along, even main, Czech highways. Drive carefully not to hit them with your car brrr... A few times I drove a highway close to Jablunkov with old, huge tree trunks located partly... on the...more
It seems that police in Czech Republic is much better in contacts with foreign visitors that it was in Czechoslovakia in 70' and 80' but... Just one event in 2000 or so:My friend was driving Czech freeway (to Switzerland) and hmm... he drove too fast - 160 km/h where 100 km/h was allowed. Unmarked police car drove behind him, measured his speed and...more
I had very, very bad impressions from my contacts with Czech police or better to say Czechoslovak milice (VB) as it was in late 70' and in 80'. I heard the same impressions from my friends and parents many times that time. That's why I didn't like drive through Czechoslovakia. Hopefully it changed for better in Czech Republic, I am almost sure...more
If you are going to hike around the mountains buy the map of Moravskoslezske Beskydy 1:50,000 (Hiking map No. 69 by SHOCart) for 69 Kc and/or Beskydy, Ostravsko 1:100,000 map for 49 Kc (by SHOCart). They were available in bookstores in Jablunkov, Cesky Tesin, and Olomouc and often in larger petrol/gas stations.In Poland I've bought very good road...more
For walking around Jablunkov, small, city backpack and surely bag for your camera - both water-proof. Comfortable walking shoes preferrably water-resistant: like good trainers or better special walking shoes (Danish Ecco are very comfortable and... expensive but worth the cost). Sun-glasses esp. in winter and summer and always a rain coat. Read...more
I visited Muzeum Tesinska in Jablunkov in late 90'. Tesin is a name of nearby city divided into Polish and Czech part now where main part of the museum is located. In Jablunkov it was historical and etnographic museum of the area which contained some interesting old photographs and original, old local, folklore costumes on display. Guides/leaflets...more
Look at the direction sign in the downtown/centre of Jablunkov. There is only 7 km (4 mi) to Czech village of Bukovec and 10 km to road border crossing point to Poland (Bukovec - Jasnowice). I crossed the border once there - very small and empty border check-point - real off the beaten path, very picturesque mountain highway with amazing views....more
I found some nice looking dormer windows walking around Jablunkov. Just look around.Dormer window (or shorter dormer) in English means a window sticking out from a sloping roof. The word derives from Latin word "dormire" which means to sleep. People used to put bedroom just under the roof of their houses not heavy lighted by dormer windows.more
I noticed quite a lot of locals riding a bicycle in Jablunkov even in cold weather and not exclusively for recreation. Quite many Czechs used to ride a bicycle for recreation in summer weekends. There were few specially designated for bicycles trails around Jablunkov but there were quite many "parking lots for bicycles" in front of local stores/shops/churches and in the downtown/centre.
Look at Bicycle trails around Jablunkov
Equipment: I didn't find any rent a bicycle company but I saw some cars from Poland with bicycles on roof. They were looking for mountain bicycle (off road) tracks. Ask for rent a bicycle agencies at Jablunkov Tourist Information Center.
Excuse me, it's more Czech than Jablunkov general tip - I will transfer it to my new Czech page, soon!VISA is the most popular credit/debit card in use in Czech Republic. ATM cash and restaurants, horels etc. which accepted cards always accepted cards of VISA system. A little less accepted were cards of Matercard/Eurocard and Maestro systems....more
Excuse me, it's more Czech than Jablunkov general tip - I will transfer it to my new Czech page, soon!Czech Republic belongs to Central European Time (CET) zone together with all adjacent countries: - Germany,- Austria, - Hungary,- Slovakia,- Poland. No need to change time whenever you come from bordering countries.It's GMT (Greenweech Mean Time =...more
I found two ATM cash in Jablunkov:1. In main town square (Marianske Namesti) - it accepted for sure bank cards of Visa, Eurocard/Mastercard and Maestro system.2. In front wall of Penny Market - it accepted my Visa cards.Both ATM cash were operated non-stop (24h) and offered service in English language.More and more stores, restaurants etc. accept...more