The old wooden haylofts on the marshy Wet Meadows near Třeboň are a unique phenomenon of the Czech landscape.
In summer hay was stored here and only in winter, when the wet land froze, it could be carried to the houses. These haylofts are a testimony to land management in the past. On some of them the date from the era of the last Rosenbergs, i.e. from the end of the 16th century, has been preserved. Since 1958 the complex of haylofts has been preserved as a monument.
They also appear in many works by painters, writers and folk-music composers. They have appeared in several films, the most popular of them being Pyšná princezna.
When the traditional land management near Třeboň ended, the haylofts gradually started to deteriorate. During the floods in 2002 many of them were damaged, others dilapidated and fell apart.
Therefore the town of Třeboň is procuring the haylofts from the original owners and trying to preserve and regenerate them. One of the big haylofts, the so called Schwarzenberg hayloft near the Golden Canal, has been renovated into a boarding house.
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