One of the most popular destinations for a quick excursion from Usti's city centre is Vetruse. In 1847 the first restaurant was built on the elevated viewing point above the town, named "Ferdinandshöhe" after Czech King and Austrian Emperor Ferdinand. 1895 - 96 a reconstruction resulted in the present building - hotel and restaurant. After a period...more
In originally catholic Bohemia the number of protestants increased throughout the 19th century; in 1861 the numbers were equal. In the 1960s a school and a house of worship were established for the protestants. The church of the Apostle Paul was first protestant church, built 1904 - 06 after plans of B. J. Zeissig from Leipzig.The building is in...more
The important entrepreneur Hans Weinmann (coal mines) had this ostentatious villa built for his family at the turn of the 1920s/30s. The villa was built in Neo-Renaissance style, inspired by Italian travels of him and his wife, designed by architect Paul Brockhardt from Aussig/Usti.The entrance hall, decorated with wainscoting, is dominated by the...more
The theatre in Usti/Aussig was built 1908/09 according to plans of architect Alexander Graf in Neo-Baroque style with elements of Art Nouveau. The auditorium has a capacity of 878 seats. The theatre was opened on 27 Sept 1909 with a play by Franz Grillparzer, nowadays they are focused on opera/musical theatre and ballet.It's a typcial theatre...more
Documents are evidence that a church existed on this site as early as in 1186, when the daughter of Bohemian prince Bedrich married the son of Otto, Margrave of Meissen. The present building was erected 1704 - 34, together with the construction of the adjoining Dominican monastery, commissioned by catholic, avid counter-reformer Jan Arnost....more
Gosh, what a name! And then in Czech: Kostel nanebevzeti panny Marie.This three-nave church reflects the Late Gothic style with Saxon influence. It was mostly built in the late 14th, early 15th century. In the 19th century the church was redesigned in Neo-Gothic style, for example the the main portal in the western facade was built by Viennese...more
BLANSKO (545 m) on the ruins of a medieval castle a castle tower was adapted to serve as a watchtower. Circular view northwards—Decinsky Sneznik, Ruzak in Labe Sandstones, Studenec in Lusatian Mountains, Jedlova, Klic, Bohemian Highland - Bukova hora, Sedlo, Vysoky Ostry, Milesovka, Boren, Ore mountains in the distance - Stropnik, Bournak. Access...more
VARHOST (640 m) on a woody hill over Sebuzin is a circular metal tower construction, the third in order, the two preceding wooden towers having decayed. From the top of the tower one can have a circular view as far as Rip Hill on one side and over Hasmbug, Lovosice, Milesovka to Kletecna. The view of the Erzgebirge includes Jedlan, Bournak,...more
ERBEN'S WATCHTOWER (401 m) was constructed over the village of Stribrniky (a suburb of Usti today) in 1934 on the Brandt’s Height by the German Mountaineers’ Club. Visitors can have a view of nearly the whole of Usti, Bohemian Highland from Bukova hora over Milesovka to Boren near Bilina, as well as the remote Ore mountains from Jedlan to Naklerov....more
The stone watchtower in NAKLEROV (701 m) in the Naklerov Gap was opened in 1913. It was called after the Emperor Joseph Franz and later renamed after K. Weiss, a top member of the Mountaineer’s Club. The tower collapsed during a winter storm and was never reconstructed. Still, the ruins offer one of the best views of the Bohemian Highland including...more
40 meter high waterfall on the Podlesinsky brook issuing from a basalt wall. In winter the waterfall creates ice curtains, laces and stalactites. From the waterfall a marked path leads to the right. Notice the moss-grown stone with a carved inscription from March 19, 1916. We will reach the view point with the remains of benches and handrails. The...more
The St. Jacob?s Church in Svadov was built in the 14th century (see the latest discovery of the Vartenberks? gravestone from 1370), but has attributes of the Saxonin Renaissance architecture (1580-1610). The church belongs to the most valuable landmarks in the region. The Baroque parish house and with the Three Magi column were built by the order...more
The Museum of Vernacular Architecture in Zubrnice maintains buildings and the equipment documenting the life and housing in the area of the Czech Highland in the past. It is the youngest open-air museum within Bohemia. A complex of timbered farm houses with preserved interior and exterior including a unique hot air fruit drying house are open to...more
The community of Tisa is a gate to the Romantic area of Elbe Sandstones. The Late Baroque St. Ann?s Church in the centre of the village is the starting point for trips to the Tisa Rocks. The Rocks are a fanciful rock city with bizarre sandstone formations?for instance Napoleon?s Shoe. The name of the rock reminds us of the Napoleonic wars when a...more
The Church of the Lady’s Nativity is the dominant construction on the Wenceslave Square in the Trmice community. The current outer form of the church is the result of a Neo-Gothic reconstruction in 1898. The interior of the church bears many traces of its Gothic and Baroque past. A Baroque parish house was built next to the church. Bishop Karel...more
Neo-Romantic church built by Usti Protestants, con-secrated in 1906. The construction is remarkable with the decorative brick facade, the utilization of concrete prefabricated elements in the nave vault and a unified interior equipment. Only one of the three original bells, the biggest one with a portrait of Martin Luther, remained in place until...more
The chateau was built by a leading Czech aristocratic family of the Nosticzs in 1856 –1863 in Neo-Gothic Tudor style in the middle of a park that used to be known for its magnificence. In 1919 the chateau was bought by the industrialist Wolfrum who later sold it to the city of Usti nad Labem. In 1994 the interior was renovated and now it serves as...more
The restaurant of Hotel Vetruse is a favourite place of both locals and tourists. On one hand you have the great panoramic views from the terrace and on the other hand the food quality is really very good. We were tired after an exhausting tour of the sights on European Heritage Day and just wanted a coffee break before heading back home. We took the cable car from the Forum shopping mall up to Vetruse (which was included in our Labe-Elbe-Ticket) and in the twinkling of an eye we had escaped the bustling city.
No tables on the terrace were vacant, so we took one inside - a good choice, too. Very elegant ambience, service was excellent.
Favorite Dish: We had Latte Macchiato (65 Kc) and Viennese coffee (60 Kc) plus each a dessert: hot plums with vanilla ice-cream (72 Kc, obviously with cinnamon - yummy) and fruit salad with ice-cream and whipped cream - also delicious (62 Kc). Prices are a bit higher than usual in the Czech Republic, but still reasonable. All in all I paid a bit more than 11 Euro incl. tip for the two of us.
Nice and cosy club, not too big but they play good music there. Sometimes you can even find live music there.
Usti has a special way of getting around: The cable car that leads from the city centre up to the viewing point and hotel Vetruse. The valley station is at the upper floor of the Forum shopping mall (U Kostela street) next to the church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary.The cable car was opened in December 2010. The ride takes 2 minutes, departures...more
The public transportation network in Usti is sufficient. Buses go practically everywhere, to every little village in the surroundings, to the places of interest, even to the small towns at the foot of the Erzgebirge mountains like Chlumec and Krupka. Central stops are the bus terminal (Autobusove nadrazi), the main railway station (hlavni nadrazi),...more
Usti has several railway stations, the main station (pics 1, 3) being right between the river and the old town - very convenient. It is served every two hours by Eurocity (EC) trains running from Vienna or Budapest via Prague to Dresden and Berlin, some even to Hamburg. There are also trains going in all directions to towns in the Czech Republic -...more
When I visited on 2nd weekend in September the "World Festival" took place in the city centre. It was held at the pedestrian courtyard just west of the main square Mirove namesti. Several dozen stalls were set up, each representing a different country from all over the world. I saw names of countries like Syria, Georgia, Kasakhstan, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Vietnam, Kambodja etc. - quite exotic sounding to the ears of average German or Czech folks. Everyhwere they sold typical souvenirs and food/beverages from those countries. Amazing!
I tried some food from middle East and it was really good. Prices were not exactly on the cheap side, but it was still ok.
There were also shows on some stages (see the Swiss folks on pic 5), and music everywhere - which got on my nerves at some point. But it was interesting anyway.
I always go to the Tourist Information to grab some flyers and get information. Their office in Usti is right on Namesti Miru, the main square in the city centre, in a modern building. When I walked inside I saw this medieval looking structure in the middle of the large hall (pic 1). Turns out it is the relic of a portal, leading to stairs from the...more
Right upon arrival at the main railway station in Usti you should head not to the old town, but in opposite direction: You walk over a passageway (pic 3) to a nice viewpoint right by the river. The steel construction actually provides access to the riverfront via a staircase, which is nothing special, but the platform from where you have the...more
A quite run-down place is the City Spa (Mestske Lazne), built 1907/08 after plans of Viennese architect P. P. Brang in Art Nouveau style. Not much is left of the original grandeur. It had a large indoor swimming pool (pic 4 - 19.5 m x 8 m, depth 0.80 m - 2.70 m), steam bath, hot bath tubs, shower boxes, carbon dioxide bath and a mud cabin when it...more