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Instructional trail Memory of the Vitoraz region

Longitude: 89,00 kmSort: CyclingInstructional trail
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Which way to ride

Nové hrady - Pyhrabruck - Höhenberg - Unterlembach - Dietmanns - Gmünd - České Velenice, Andělský vrch - České Velenice - České Velenice, Josefsko - Nová Ves, Krabonoš - Halámky, hraniční přechod - Kunšach, Spáleniště - Rapšach - Na rozcestí - Dračice - Nová Huť - Františkov - Klikov - Tušťský most - Suchdol nad Lužnicí - Tři Facky - Hrdlořezy - Dvory nad Lužnicí - Hranice - Blata - Jakule - Byňov - Nakolice - Vyšné

Detailed route description

Nové Hrady

Town first mentioned already in 1279, its development and history was strongly influenced by aristocratic families of Buquoys and Rožmberks. Important sights: The Castle - originally Gothic, with well preserved fortification and moat, the Residence (Buquoys´ family estate), Town-hall, Vault of Buquoy family, Church of St. Peter and Paul, Monastery of Servites.

Border crossing Nové Hrady-Pyhrabruck

Close to the crossing is Přesličkový fishpond, declared Nature monument - area of wetlands communities with abundant Scouring Rush. Large population of rare dragonflies.

České Velenice - Gmünd

Border crossing to Austria. Austrian Gmünd mentioned already in 1255. Close to the Town is the Nature park Blockheide (granite rocks with heath), with nature trail and outlook tower.

Nová Ves

The village (approx. 80 houses) was created in the 18th century because of peat bog exploitation. Also site of former border crossing. The village was destroyed in the fifties of the 20th century due to the close distance from the border. Today only two buildings remain. Nearby is the Nature reserve Široké blato with pinewoods of Bog pine and valuable peat bog.

Krabonoš

Mentioned as border village already in 1179. Annexed to Bohemia in 1920, later destructed when the border zone was formed. The Gothic church and vicarage of St. John Baptist preserved. Along the river Lužnice is Krabonošská niva nature reserve (Alluvial plain Krabonoš).

Kunšach

Here the road passes through the former village of Kunšach that was completely destroyed when the Iron curtain was built. Only ruins from few house bases and wilded fruit trees remain.

Rapšach

First mentioned in 1338. Chapel with Gothic elements and town houses in the centre of the village. To the municipality belong settlements Larger and Smaller London, Ochůzky, Paris and Spáleniště with well preserved, picturesque architecture characteristic for the Southern Suchdol region.

Dračice

Canyon-like section of the river with typical gill-like character. Today protected as Nature reserve. Bullhead and River Lamprey live in the river.

Nová Huť

Open meadow enclave in large complex of border woods. Classicistic hunting manor belonged to the Chlum estate. Landscape engineering evident in the surroundings.

Františkov

Village by the river Dračice, former name Františkovo Údolí (František´s dale), valuable from the landscape quality. In the past number of iron-mills were in the vicinity.

The former iron curtain

Site of former barbed-wire border barriers can still be seen in the landscape. Strip of land between this line and the border line was before 1990 completely closed for citizens of both countries.

Suchdol nad Lužnicí

Promoted to small town in 1876, surrounded by deep woods. Church of St. Nicolas (founded in 1362), first of two nave churches with single central pole in South Bohemia. Baroque chapel of St. John Nepomucký from 1728. In 1625 smeltery for silver ore was built in Suchdol nad Lužnicí in 1775 changed into glass-works, abolished at the beginning of 20th century.

Dvory nad Lužnicí

The village historically belonged to the Vitoraz (Weitra) region (part of Bohemia since 1920), with scattered farmhouses, clearly different from traditionally closed type of Czech villages. The Nature reserve Horní Lužnice in the river valley, protecting part of the naturally meandering river and preserved floodplain.

Vyšné

In the open landscape south of the village are several picturesque farmhouses with small fishponds. In the southeast the Třeboňsko Protected Landscape Area continues into the area of the Lower Austrian Waldviertel.