The Melnik chateau sits high on a cliff overlooking where the Rivers Elbe & Vltava come together.I didn't go into this 9th century Chateau, just admired it from the outside, then enjoyed the marvellous views.A wooden castle once stood here and was used as a home for Bohemian Queens who were widows.The last wife of Emperor Charles IV, who made...more
Looking at the outside of this building doesn't really make you think it's a Museum of Wine & Prams, it really looks like something to do with a Church, which it once was! It was the Church of the 14 Holy Helpers! On the façade, is a circular window with a sun motif and the letters IHS (Iesus Hominum Salvator – Jesus, saviour of mankind) Between...more
I happened to come across the Church of Saint Ludmila by accident! When I entered the Church yard, I thought how lucky I was, as in-front of me stood a delightful wooden building. It turns out this building which is built out of wooden shingles, was placed there at the end of the 1895 Czech-Slavic Exhibition. It now houses the Church Bell, the...more
Villa Karola - I wonder how many towns or cities have their library located in such a lovely building!The pseudo-gothic architecture of the Villa is painted a fairly bright yellow.I walked past the villa when I was following the walk to see the views over the river and plains. On the fence by the Villa, is a copper information board pointing out...more
The street I was walking along led me into the picturesque huge Peace Square. The Town Hall is located in the square, and many Renaissance buildings, all a little different to one an other.Lots of them, have little extras like the one with a black bird, I'm sure it would have some meaning! Others had statutes of saints – defenders against dangers....more
Peace Square had many different houses which they called Town Houses."At the Black Horse" was one that I really liked! It has been re-constructed in Renaissance style, and still has a lovely strip of ornamental sgraffito under the windows, from when the house was first built. A passageway joins it with the town hall.more
Some of the houses in Peace Square are quite interesting! One of them is known as "At the Golden Star," which you will see on the corner of the building on a blue background.On walking through the arcade, you can see a Renaissance portal that includes shields with a bell and tin pot, signs referring to Bartos, a bell-founder who bought the house in...more
The town hall in Melnik for sure stood out! What bright, rather hideous colours it was painted!Located in Peace square, the original Town Hall was built in the 14th century in Gothic style. Fire destroyed the building, so it was rebuilt in Baroque style, having a new copper dome added to the repaired tower. By 1793, the Town Hall was in use once...more
There is another water tower in Melnik, this one dates to the 16th century and the medieval water supply.This Tower is plain, not as an attractive a Prague Gate, although still an interesting feature of the town. The water was pumped from Psovka stream to the upper floor water tank which had an inflow, outflow and overflow pipe. The duties of this...more
House no. 12 in Melnik Square [Peace Square] is known as "At the Golden Grape." I found the buildings in Melnik town square mostly built in Renaissance style, with lots having very strong appearances through their columns and arcades.This house is neo-Renaissance, and was converted into this style in 1903. The house itself has some interesting...more
The Prague Gate used to be the entry/exit gate situated in-front of the main fortificationwall. Once, there was a moat here, but no sign of a drawbridge has been found? Because of this, the historians believe that seeing the Chateau is from the same era, it is almost certain that access to it was covered by another Barbican gate. This is how it...more
At the time I was in Melnik, it looked like they were doing up the area where the Well is located.A Well is a Well, nothing really interesting to look at! Here at Melnik, it is the underground, a corridor system that was in operation in the 13th century that is the interesting part.The Well was hewn out of the rock, probably early in the towns...more
If you come to Melnik, then you must not miss seeing the wonderful views from the viewing area by the Chateau.I walked from the city centre to the Chateau, then followed the pathway along the edge of the cliff, this is known as the terraces. Wow! The views were fabulous of this pretty countryside and of the confluence of the Elbe and the Vltava...more
The Church of Saint Peter and Paul is alongside the Melnik Chateau. It was built in the 11th century, but renovated and extended in the 14 and 15th centuries.For some unusual reason, I didn't go inside this Gothic church which has arched ceilings, excellent stained glass windows and frescoes. ENTRANCE FEE IS 40czkIn the crypt beneath the Church, is...more
The vineyards in Melnik grew well in the sunny climate of the area. King Charles IV imported vines from France and expanded the growing areas of the vineyards, so Melnik soon became known as “The Town of Wine” Celebrations have taken place since 1878, which marked 500 years since the death of Karel IV. It was at this time, the Statue of King...more
The Melník castle is the most important sight of the town. In 1542 a much older castle was reconstructed in the Renaissance style. In the year 1646 a major reconstruction was started and the Early Baroque southern wing added. In 1753 the powerful Lobkowicz family came into possession of the castle and they have been the owners ever since except...more
The Church of Sts Peter & Paul stands next to Melnik Castle and can provide better views over the rivers Labe and Vltava. The church has a macabre ossuary containing the bones of 10,000 medieval plague victims that have been fashioned into weird & wonderful shapes over a hundred years ago by students!!! The church is open Tues-Sun between 10am -4pm...more
The Castle dates back to the 10th century and stand on a former Roman Castle. Princess Ludmilla was born in Melnik and the castle became home to the queens of Bohemia who were widows and the town gained royal status under Emperor Charles IV. Over the years the castle has had major construction work carried out and the present renovations since...more
The Melnik vineyards produce good wine, the same kind of red wine that was favoured by the Czech kings 500 years ago. However, the wine grown here is little known outside the country. Around the old town of Melnik you can see parts of the royal vineyards. At the castle you can go the cellars to taste the wine and buy a bottle or two if you like. – It is said that the princess Ludmila first experimented with wine growing in Melník, and later the Roman emperor and Bohemian king Charles IV continued in this activity, bringing in grapes from Burgundy. Now wine growing is a big tradition in Melník and every autumn a festival takes place there when the harvest is brought in.
Winetasting at the cellars: Daily from 10.00 to 18.00
As it happened, we were heading the way of Libechov, even if your not, it's only 7kms from Melnik.
We wondered what had happened to this town as passing through the streets, the majority of buildings were dilapidated. It looked like a neglected town, one that nobody loved, one I wondered if anybody was still living there - well, we did see some people. What a difference to the restored and beautiful Melnik!
Evidently, in 2002, the town was under 3 metres of water, was this the reason?
High on the hill is the Church of St. Spirit, overlooking the village and vineyards. This would not have been under water! Another Church, is the red white St. Havel.
Given time, if something isn't done, I imagine these buildings will tumble to the ground.
One of them I would hate to see this happen to, is the Libechov castle. Quite a big Castle with many surrounding buildings, abandoned gardens with statues standing and overgrown shrubs and paths, it was a shame to see it in such a state.
Favorite thing: When I was walking along the viewing path beside the Chateau, I could see a huge Power Plant quite close by. I found out this was the Melnik Power Station, the nearest one to Prague. The Melnik plant is the largest coventional steam-electric unit in the Czech Republic.