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The Lower Jesenik Mountains

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An October 2005 trip to Jesenik by captain oddsocks

Šternberk Day Trip Photo, Jesenik, Czech Republic More Photos
Quote: The gentle foothills and sleepy villages of the Lower Jeseník Mountains reward their visitors with berry-lined forest paths, waterfalls, medieval castles, and historic tales of emperors and invading armies.

The Lower Jesenik Mountains

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Overview

Ruda Photo, Jesenik, Czech Republic
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The Lower Jeseník Mountains /Nízké Jeseníky are a highland area of degraded carbonite soils and slate, but also with smaller areas of volcanic and sedimentary rock. The area has an average altitude of 482 metres above sea level, ranging from the edge of the Haná plain (Šternberk, Unicov, Dlouhá Loučka) at 240-250 metres to the highest peak Slunečna at 800.2 metres above sea level. The hills are cut by steep river valleys including those of the Sitka, Oslava and Bystřice rivers, and most of the settlements are at lower altitudes beside one of the watercourses. The smaller settlements in the hills were primarily mining or farming communities. The slopes are suitable ...Read More

Šternberk Day Trip

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Attraction | "A visit to Šternberk"

Šternberk Day Trip Photo, Jesenik, Czech Republic
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The main gateway to the lower Jeseník mountains, Šternberk town itself has enough interesting history and architecture to persuade you to leave your hiking boots packed away just a little longer. The original village grew up around the gothic castle which guarded the northern trade road to Poland from Olomouc. An Augustinian monastery was founded in the 1370’s but in 1430 Šternberk was captured by the Hussite army during their war against the Catholics. A ruinous fire in 1538 damaged much of the rebuilt town including the castle and monastery. The Swedish army occupied Šternberk from 1645-1650 during the thirty years war, but the towns most famous military visitors were to come in ...Read More

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Šternberk Day Trip
Northern Moravia
Sternberk, Czech Republic

Rešov Waterfalls and the Hill of Crosses

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Attraction

Hill Of Crosses Photo, Jesenik, Czech Republic
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The Rešov waterfalls on the Huntava River are certainly not in the league of Niagara or Victoria Falls, which is probably why few people outside of Moravia have ever heard of them. The highest of the falls is only 5 or 6m, but the river valley trail is a pleasant, undemanding hike, and the waterfalls are a good place for lunch or to spend an hour or so fooling around taking photos and soaking your feet. Transport to and from the area can be a bit of a challenge. You’ll need to get yourself to one of the nearby villages and follow one of the marked hiking trails from there; Tvrdkov and Dlouhá Loučka are possibilities, but the day that I went, the train and bus connections to Břevene...Read More

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Sovinec Castle

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Attraction

Sovinec Castle Photo, Jesenik, Czech Republic
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Sovinec is a small village that is dominated by a clifftop castle dating from the early 1300s. The village lies about 15km north of Šternberk in the midst of the thick forests of the Sovinecko nature reserve. The original Gothic castle was built on a rocky outcrop before 1333 as the seat of the Lords of Sovinec, as the landowning nobles of the area were to become known. During the Hussite wars of the early 15th century, Sovinec served as a base for the anti-Catholic forces. The castle's Renaissance extensions were added in the late 15th and 16th centuries, and at the time of the Thirty Years War in the early 1600s, the castle came into the hands of the Teutonic kni...Read More

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Sovinec Castle
Hrad Sovinec 58
Sovinec, Czech Republic

Unique Uničov

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Attraction | "Unique Uničov"

Medlov gate Photo, Jesenik, Czech Republic
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Uničov is a town of 13000 inhabitants lying where the northern end of the Haná plain meets the first foothills of the lower Jeseník Mountains. It was founded as Nova Civitas in the year 1213 and was to become a centre for mining. The earth failed to yield much in the way of precious metals, but Uničov became an important centre for trade and the founding documents are the oldest of any settlement in the Czech Republic. In the 1420s Uničov sided with followers of the Hussite movement and remained loyal to Hussite king Jiři of Poděbrady and his chosen successors up until the Thirty Years War. The townspeople managed to repel the Danish army in 1626, but in 1643 the town was occupied ...Read More

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