Nature

    

Surroundings of Pelhřimov
The town of Pelhrimov is situated in an enchanting part of the Czech-Moravian Highlands and if you take the road in any direction, you will always find a lot of picturesque places and corners. In the summer and autumn the region is a real mushroom-pickers´ paradise.

Čertův hrádek (Devil’s Castle)
The surroundings of the hill of Cerinek – well-preserved natural forests in the area of the typical rock tops of Jihlavske vrchy (the Jihlava Hills).

Křemešník
This wooded hill is a popular centre of tourism and skiing with a ski lift, the hilltop is covered by typical original beech woods. In the past silver was mined here, refuse heaps and adits may still be noticed. The Baroque church from the first half of the 18th century stands in the site of an earlier chapel, which forms its sacristy. The church is surrounded by cloisters with two chapels, at the lower end of the cloisters is “the Chapel of the Dead“ commemorating soldiers from the environs who died in the two world wars, decorated by Frantisek Bilek. The Way of the Cross is partly the work of the sculptor Antonin Bilek, Frantisek Bilek´s brother. There is a spring with radioactive water, which gave rise to the place of pilgrimage on the hill of Kremesnik. Near the spring stands a Baroque chapel built in 1689 and rebuilt in its present appearance in 1939. A relief made by František Bílek is placed above the entrance. The spring is periodical, the water runs through silver-bearing ores and is slightly radioactive. Not far from the church is “The Windy Castle“, a romantic building begun by the world-famous sculptor and medallist Josef Sejnost, but he did not manage to complete it due to the coming of World War Two. There is a commemorative plaque on the parsonage to inform visitors that the novel "Na krasne samote" (“In the Beautiful Solitude“) written by F.B.Vanek is set in this place. It is possible to make a pleasant and easy walk around Kremesnik using the “Kremesnik Route“ marked in green. Splendid views of the surrounding countryside from the observation tower called “Pipalka“. If you want to experience somethin adveturous you can visit "Climing (rope) centre" that offers enjoyment for children and adults as well. www.hotelkremesnik.cz

Javořice
The highest hill of Jihlavske vrchy (the Jihlava Hills) and the Czech-Moravian Highlands, 837 metres above see level. A television tower. Views only possible from the openings in the slope. Slopes and running tracks suitable for skiing. On the northern slope “Our Lord’s Spring", a nicely decorated spring of drinking water connected with the tradition of the Bohemian Brethren.

Jihlavské vrchy (the Jihlava Hills)
Velky parezity rybnik (“Big Stumpy Pond“), Maly parezity rybnik (“Small Stumpy Pond“), Mikova skala (“Mika´s Rock“), Javorice etc. Splendid woody area suitable for hiking, cycling or relaxation.

Malý Blaník
A hill 576 metres above see level, remnants of fortification of a castle from about 1400 as proven by field research in 1961. Ruins of a chapel built in 1735 and abandoned in 1790.

Velký Blaník
A legendary hill 638 metres above see level, connected with folk-tales about the Knights of Blaník. In the first millennium BC there was a circular-shaped fortified place with two rows of stone mounds. In 1868 - 71 huge mass meetings were held here to call for the Czech state law. In May 1868 this site gave a stone to be put in the foundations of Národní divadlo (The National Theatre). On the hilltop there is a look-out tower shaped like a Hussite watchtower.

Trips along the Roof of Europe
The environs of Pelhrimov are crosscut by the European continental divide, which offers wonderful views of “the country of the three hills“ as well as Jihlavske vrchy (the Jihlava Hills). The best-known route is the one following yellow tourist signs from Nová Bukova to Ecleruv vrch (Ecler´s Hill) and to Kremesnik.