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How to get to Rozsochatec?

Skanzen Betlém, Hlinsko

Devět skal, nejvyšší bod Žďárských vrchů

Pohled na Čachotín, okolí Rozsochatce

Short trips

If you want to walk in the beautiful woods let us recommend you the yellow trail to the ruins of Ronovec (cca 3 kms) through a valley meadow, called Ve Žlabu. After visiting the ruins, an old dam at the hillside and a sturdy spruce with a trunk 370 cms in girth you can continue on the yellow trail to Břevnice (cca 3 kms). A train will take you back to Rozsochatec.

If you set out for the other direction the yellow trail will lead you through the woods along the railway to Skořetín. On the meadows of the former farm there are cows grazing nowadays. You can continue on to the Břevnická dam where there is possible to swim in the summer. Our walk ends by the railway stop in  Chotěboř (cca 8 kms) where you can see a neat square and visit an early baroque castle with an arcade quadrangle, a chapel and the town museum. We can recommend several cosy restaurants and pubs for having a drink only, or for delicious meals.

However, you can continue via blue trail to the Doubravka cottage wherefrom the red trail takes you cca 5 kms through a wild rocky valley of the stream Doubravka up to Bílek. There are only little noticeable ruins of Sokolohrad there, however you can enjoy a view of the valley from the rock, where this castle was once built. Climbing terrain is offered by the rock called Čertův stolek but you can also get there easily from the other side with the help of fixed rail. Doubravka Valley was declared a "Nature Preserve" in 1986. At Bílek you can get on the train and quickly return to Rozsochatec.

When you start your trip in the direction of Čachotín you can be reminded a local fable which claims that between Rozsochatec and the small village of Zálesí there used to be a well with miraculous water curing eye ills. There once stood a chapel of  St. Lawrence, later moved to Čachotín. One could hear there the bells long time after that. Another story tells that in the woods called Skalka, which can be found in the direction of Čachotín too, a treasure is supposed to be hidden among three wells. It was driven there in a coach from the Rozsochatec castle by six black horses. People have failed in looking for it, so far, because there is not the third well there.

The best route for cyclists starts on the calm road to Kojetín and Česká Bělá wherefrom we can continue through Cibotín to Havlíčkova Borová or lengthen the trip by Žižkovo Pole with a close by monument of Jan Žižka . This commander of the Hussite war is supposed to die here in 1424 and the monument was built in 1874 according to architect Antonín Wiehl from the stones sent from different parts of our country.  Havlíčkova Borová, the birthplace of Karel Havlíček Borovský, offers us the museum of this greatest czech national revivalist. The dominant feature of the surroundings is a small gothic church with shingled roof, which is known from Havlíček´s best work called "Tyrolské elegie". Next to the village, the red trail will take us into the most western part of Žďárské hills. Have a stop at Ranská jezírka by all means. These lakes resulted from the ore-mining and nowadays they are the home of valuable kinds of plants and animals. If you return through Synkův kopec (blue trail), Vepřovský nový rybník (green and later yellow trail), Velká Losenice and Přibyslav, you will have a 60 kms´s ride. However, the way can be simplified by your car. In this case we would recommend you to stop by the dam Dářko or Řeka, have a swim and choose a smaller circuit in the fine countryside of Žďárské hills.

Demanding cyclists can go on from Ranská jezírka through Nové Ransko to Chlum where they will meet a yellow trail which takes them through woods to the open-air "Folk Architecture Museum" called Veselý Kopec (from Rozsochatec 40 kms). The Folk Museum was situated close to original small farmsteads and a millhouse. Since 1970 plenty of other folk buildings have been moved to this place from the whole Czech-Moravian highlands. The museum also stages anniversary celebrations and demonstrations of folk craft. You can find valuable log cabin houses also in the villages Králova Pila, Svobodné Hamry and Svatý Mikuláš. Not far from Veselý Kopec there is an originally jewish village called Dřevíkov with a well-preserved jewish cemetery. Return to Rozsochatec by train from Hlinsko or continue along the hillside of Železné mountains.

If you cycle to Železné mountains, go from Chotěboř down to Libice and before Maleč turn right up to the village of Rušinov. The longer variant circles Sečská přehrada and offers a climb to the ruins of the castle  Oheb, the shorter one meets the red trail and leads to Modletín and Horní Bradlo. You can choose a rather adventurous path through the Polom forest. The homonymous village hides ruins of the renaissance church of st. Kunhuta, which is accessible at your own risk through an old bell tower with a wooden floor. Nearby there is a small village  Zubří with plenty of log cabin houses. You can vary the trip by visiting Veselý Kopec or return through Křemenice and Libice to Rozsochatec (the terrain is rather difficult, 50-70 kms according to your choice).

Car trips can be combined with cycling in the surroundigs of Žďár nad Sázavou. In this part of Železné mountains there are plenty of closed narrow roads which you can ride on after visiting the historical sights of Žďár nad Sázavou. These roads, which lead from faraway Nové Město na Moravě, serves for cross-country skiers in winter. Start at Zelená Hora and take the yellow trail to Sklené, Fryšava (you can have a swim in the dam Medlov) and with the help of a cycling trail, you will get under Devět Skal (836m). It is possible to negotiate this highest hill of moravian part of the Highlands by bike. Continue along Žákova Hora, Stříbrná studánka, Fryšavský kopec to Cikháj. The return to Žďár´s castle is the most beautiful through Světnov, Sklenské louky and Sklené (cca 50 kms). The trip can be lenghten to Karlštejn. This rococo hunting manor house is next to a well regarded golf course. Bathing is the best in Dářko and Medlov. if you want to fly above the country, contact the aerodrome in Dobkov.

11.01.2014, Petra Greifová

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