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The Sobotka and Dolnobousov areas: From Sobotka through the Plakánek Valley to Kost

An easy trip through the valley – 12 km.

SOBOTKA, nám. – Osek (1,5 km) Střehom (3,5 km) Plakánek (4,5 km) Kost (6 km) Prokopské údolí (6,5 km) Libošovice (8,5 km) – Libošovice, zast. ČD (9 km) Nepřívěc (9,5 km) – Pod Humprechtem (11,5 km) SOBOTKA (12 km)

The Sobotka and Dolnobousov areas together form a transitional region between the Labe lowlands and the hilly area of Jičín with rock formations, castles and chateaux. In the town of Sobotka you can visit the charming Humprecht Baroque chateau; not far from there is one of the best preserved Gothic castles called Kost and its adjacent nature reserve – the romantic Plakánek valley. The town of Sobotka has a long-standing cultural tradition; there is an urban conservation area with well preserved folk architecture houses and Classicist and functionalist buildings. The Dolnobousov area used to be known as a pond region with more than fifty ponds. There are numerous examples of well preserved folk architecture in the area, including log houses of the Jizera type and a unique collection of log belfries. Vast peaceful forests that spread both to the north and the south. The landscape is slightly hilly, suitable especially for bicycle riding.

Sobotka – this town with a distinct history and cultural tradition is the south gate into Bohemain Paradise (the Šrámkova Sobotka Czech language and literature festival, the Sobotka craft fair and a festival of artistic crafts are held here; it is an urban conservation zone); folk architecture (Šolcův statek, Gansův dům, etc.), Classicist and functionalist architecture, a square valuable from the urban planning perspective (with Fráňa Šrámek’s birthplace and museum), the Cathedral of Saint Mary Magdalene, a cemetery with graves of famous Sobotka natives, the poets Fráňa Šrámek and Václav Šolc. The Humprecht hunting chateau from the 17th century is located above the forest park; a municipal outdoor swimming pool.

Osek – near the church is a hexagonal belfry from 1760 with a remarkable structure – the beam holding the bell is supported by slanted braces.

STŘEHOM – there is a conservation zone featuring two-storey houses with carved gables. Behind Buškovský rybník (pond) is a well preserved water grain mill that is often used for shooting fairy tales.

Plakánek – This is a romantic valley surrounded by rocks that runs from the village of Střehom to Kost castle. At the lower end of the valley you can see the Roubenka spring.

Kost– This is one of the most preserved Gothic castles in Bohemia. After being held by the Markvartice family, the Kost domain had many different owners from the mid-14th century. Despite having been rebuilt several times, the original silhouette of the caste has been preserved. Several guided tours provide the opportunity to get to know the castle from the cellars to the attic.

Prokopské údolí – a picturesque valley between the Kost castle and Libošovice with Klenice brook.

Nepřívěc – the early Gothic Church of the Finding of the Holy Cross from the 14th century, rebuilt in the Baroque style in the early 18th century. A walled octagonal belfry from 1786 with a mansard roof is located in the place of the original, late Gothic wooden belfry. A group of memorial trees, planted in 1848, and well preserved farmstead No. 14.

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