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Pretty as Polichka

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A November 2005 trip to Policka by captain oddsocks

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Quote: Founded in 1265, Policka is a pretty town surrounded by a Gothic fortification system of round towers, moats, and high stone walls.

Pretty as Polichka

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The most powerful and influential Bohemian king of the 13th century, Premysl Otakar II, founded Policka as part of his grand plan to link the Bohemian and Moravian capitals, Prague and Olomouc, with a safe trade route. The route led from Prague via Kourim, Kolín, Cáslav, and Vysoké Mýto, with Policka being the final settlement on the Bohemian side.As a royal town, Policka stood on the side of the Catholic rulers at the beginning of the Hussite wars and was surrounded by the Hussite army of Jan Žižka. Legend has it that Žižka decided against attacking the heavily fortified town and intended to starve out the inhabitants. When almost all their resources were used, the Policans...Read More

Knifesmith Dobrota's Pub

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Hotel | "Dobrotovy pokojícky/Dobrota’s rooms"

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This small pension in the historic buildings backing up to the Gothic ramparts on Na Bídì is a great little place to stay. The four houses along this stretch of the wall were built in the 1800s by some of Policka’s less-affluent inhabitants on parcels of land belonging to the town and using the city wall as the rear wall of the house. Na Bídì means something like "in the poorhouse" and was originally a derogatory nickname but has since become the official name for the street. Another nickname was Na Žabárnì, from Žába (frog) and the ending árna (place of...), which was in reference to the former moat and its inhabitants.Reception of Dobrota’s Rooms is open from 11am and is in the small pub (...Read More

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Knifesmith Dobrota's Pub
Na Bide15
Policka, Czech Republic

Cafe Net Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Cafe Net Restaurant is, predictably enough, an Internet café and restaurant. It’s just outside Polièka’s Gothic town walls. The address is Husova, but the entrance is, from Na Bidì, 100m or so along the street from the Šenk nožíøe Dobroty.Inside the main door is a small entry room, and the door to the main restaurant is off to the right. The restaurant is mad up of one room, with a bar in the corner just inside the door and the rest of the space filled with enough chairs and tables for about 30 people. The furniture is all wood and the walls are a warm grape colour. The music is thoughtfully chosen, and while I was there, included the R...Read More

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Cafe Net Restaurant
Husova 30
Policka, Czech Republic

Martinù’s Polièka

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Apart from the museum, the two main places to visit in Polièka connected with Bohuslav Martinù are the place of his birth, in the tower of St Jakub’s church, and his final resting place, just inside the gates of the cemetery on nearby Vrchlického.St Jakub’s church was rebuilt in 1853-65 in the neo-Gothic style from the original stone, after being razed to the ground in a devastating fire. Bohuslav Martinù was born in the tower on December 8, 1890. His father worked in the tower as the fire watchman, and also as a shoemaker. The small living space 36m above the ground was also used by Bohuslav’s mother for her work as a laundrywoman. The tower was home to the five-member Martinù family until ...Read More

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Martinù’s Polièka
Various Locations Around the Centre
Policka, Czech Republic

Knifesmith Dobrota's Pub

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Attraction

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Šenk nožíre Dobroty is a small pub nestled beneath one of the battlements in the Gothic city walls on Na Bidì. The low entry door from the street leads to a small entry hall, and to the right is another door leading to the pub itself. Inside you’ll be faced with wooden paneled walls displaying a wide range of framed pictures, old and antique skis, sleds, bottles, old farming and brewing equipment, and a gentleman’s umbrella. There are four tables to choose from, but if it’s a weekend evening, they may all have reserved signs on them. This was what happened to me, but the friendly staff found me a place and explained that if I could be finished by the time of the reservation, I could stay an...Read More

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Knifesmith Dobrota's Pub
Na Bide15
Policka, Czech Republic

Gothic Ramparts and Bastions

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Attraction | "The Gothic Ramparts and Bastions"

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Archaeological surveys suggest that Polièka was surrounded by a fortification of wooden piles soon after it was founded by the King of Iron and Gold, Pøemysl Otakar II, around 1265. In the course of the early 1300s, the wooden piles were replaced by a stone rampart wall with battlements and an arrangement of guard towers to watch over the four gateway entrances. At the same time as the fortifying walls were being built, a long, narrow pond was dug along the south side of the town and filled with water from the Bilý Potok/White Stream. Outside the main rampart walls was a second lower parallel wall and a moat. After the Hussite wars (1418-1434), the moats were deepened considerably and the entrances...Read More

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Gothic Ramparts and Bastions
In the Ring Around the Centre of Town
Policka, Czech Republic

Town Museum and Bohuslav Martinù Memorial

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Attraction

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The town museum is focused on the life and work of locally born composer Bohuslav Martinù. Martinù is considered, along with Dvorak, Smetana, and Janacek, to be one of the four most important Czech composers, and his music plays softly in the background as you visit the museum.Visitors can choose to look around the exhibits at their own pace or join a guide for no other fee than the 20Kc (for adults) entry price. If you choose to go it alone, you should work counterclockwise around the hall for the exhibits to be in chronological order.The first exhibit deals with the life of the Martinù parents and includes a model of St J...Read More

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Town Museum and Bohuslav Martinù Memorial
Tylova 114
Policka, Czech Republic

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