WAKE SURF na Orlík
We are good friends with the owner of Wakesurf and he is just a short walk away from us through the campsite.
The dam offers water sports in the form of wakesurfing, wakeboarding and water skiing. Don't have equipment? No problem, we will lend you everything you need, such as a board, wetsuit, vest or helmet, for free. Endless fun with friends, colleagues or family can begin. And those who don't want to do sports can sit and relax nearby. Have coffee, ice cream and do nothing.
Lookout tower Milada and Our Bistro
The thirty-meter private lookout tower was built in 2017 and got its honored name after the mother of the tower's founder and owner, Radomil Kessl. It rises just below the top of the Krchov hill in Přední Chlum, above the dam.
The lookout tower has nine floors, and when you get to the top, you will have a view of the dam, Kamýk, Maková hora, Krásná hora, Brdy with Prague, Veselý vrch and Besedná lookout points. With good visibility, the Šumava peaks with Boubin, Bobík, Poledník and Libín. From above, the Solenická podkova is beautiful. It is possible to park a short distance below the lookout tower and walk to the small settlement. A kiosk called Our Bistro cools a parched throat with draft beer. It offers homemade pastries, cakes, crackers, rillettes, soups and barbecue.
Don't jump off the Žďák bridge like in the 90s, ride the largest single-arch steel bridge. In 1967, this world-class giant spanned the Vltava valley near Orlík nad Vltavou. The road from Milevsko to Březnice stretches across it and got its name from the nearby settlement that was flooded when the dam was filled. The educational trail for tourists Zvíkov-Orlík leads here. There is a parking lot at each end of the bridge as well as refreshments. There is a wonderful view from the bridge. The bridge weighs approximately 4,000 tons, is 543 meters long and spans 50 meters above the level of the dam, which in these places reaches a depth of up to sixty meters.
The Zvíkov Castle
Zvíkov Castle is a rarity in Orlik and no tourist should miss it. This stable was founded by King Přemysl Otakar I on a rocky promontory where an ancient fortress had previously stood. Zvíkov was connected with the Přemyslov family until 1306, when the Přemyslov family died by the sword and the castle thus fell into the hands of the South Bohemian Rožmberk family.
Very soon after that, the castle returned to the hands of King Charles IV. During his reign, Zvíkov Castle gained the greatest fame and privileges. After all, Charles IV. he liked to stay here, had the castle thoroughly repaired, and before Karlštejn was completed, the crown jewels were also hidden here. Zvíkov maintained the status of a royal castle until the second half of the 16th century, when it was sold to the Švamberks. Later, the Eggenbergs and Schwarzenbergs settled here, residing on a nearby farm. Orlík.
Today, Zvíkov Castle offers visitors tours of the Royal Palace and Hlízová Tower. The tower used to be called Markomanka and is the oldest part of the castle complex. Zvíkov Castle is a great attraction thanks to a number of spooky rumors, but also movies that were filmed here - such as Seven Crows, Báthory, Lotrando and Zubejd or Marie Růžička. So shove the cutlets in the breadbox and let's go!
Zeměráj is a nature park full of experiences and knowledge for children and adults near the dam. More than a hundred different games, fun and educational elements, adventure tasks and puzzles on an area of nine hectares are designed in such a way that the whole family can participate in the game and the solution. You will also find several truly exceptional attractions here.
You will discover an archeopark of the early Middle Ages – a lively Slavic village surrounded by gardens and pastures, where you and its inhabitants can spin a vessel on a digging potter's wheel, knit and weave, grind flour, scratch goats or perhaps dig gardens.
Furthermore, a kilometer-long barefoot trail awaits you, led in varied terrain through forest, meadow, rocks, fields, boulders, stream and completed with various natural materials such as pine cones, pebbles, pine needles, etc. It also includes balance elements and a number of fun tasks aimed at getting to know the Czech nature.
There is also a natural indoor game room, an archaeological and paleontological site, a large wooden maze, a children's play village, an archery range, a number of natural playgrounds of various orientations, football golf, water games, the mysterious Treasure Hunt, the Hlaholam orienteering game, the search for the Stones of Time and wandering in the dark Warehouses. There is also a pub with a stylish menu of food and drinks in a homestead with a log house from 1640, relaxation areas and covered areas in case of bad weather. Více informací o otevírací době, vstupném i programu naleznete přímo zde: www.zemeraj.cz
We all know Orlík Castle. But you know that not far from the castle in the northern part of the park there is a Neo-Gothic family tomb, which was built in the middle of the 19th century. It is not as magnificent as the Schwarzenberg tomb near Třeboň, but it is still worth seeing.
The tomb of the Schwarzenberg family – a two-story building with a monumental staircase ramp and a protruding tower, was built in the Neo-Gothic style in 1875 – 1877. It contains sarcophagi with the remains of members of the Krumlov-Hlubock branch of the Schwarzenberg family. For example, the founder of the second generation Karel Filip, field marshal and victor over Napoleon at Leipzig, rests here.
You can't get into the inside of the grave. You probably don't even want that. But the sight of this place of worship and the surrounding area will take your breath away.
Museum of mines in Příbram
The Příbram Mining Museum is one of the largest museums in the Czech Republic and one of the largest mining museums in Europe. Since 2014, it has been a national cultural monument and, thanks to its extraordinary offer, it enjoys visits that exceed 100,000 people a year. The sightseeing areas consist of the Ševčinská shaft, dug in 1813 on the site of an older mine from the 16th century, the original mining facilities of the Vojtěch mine founded in 1779, the Anna mine established in 1789 and the underground of the Drkolnov mine from 1836. In addition to historical mountain exhibits, the Ševčinská mine offers an attractive mining train ride on the surface. At the Anna mine, it is possible to enter the underground and take the local mining train Prokopská tunnel to the deepest shaft of the Brzezohora area (1600 m). A 330 m long accessible water tunnel from the end of the 18th century leads from the Vojtěch mine. and a three-quarter kilometer long mine called Wasserlauf from the 16th–19th centuries. stol., which can be reached by elevator. An attraction, especially for the smallest visitors, is a ride underground on a 51 m long slide.
Among the museum's rarest exhibits are state-protected technical monuments declared national:
steam mining machine of the Vojtěch mine from 1889
steam mining engine from the Anna mine from 1914
giant, 12.4 m high water wheel in the underground Drkolnov mine from the 19th century. used for pumping mine water, the only one in the Czech Republic.
The museum also presents Havíř folklore in the original miner's cottage with foundations from the 17th century. and valuable mineralogical-geological collections, including a unique sample of silver, the largest in museums in Europe.
The oldest stone bridge in Europe
The Stone Bridge in Písek (also called the Deer Bridge) is the oldest stone bridge in the Czech Republic. It was built before the end of the 13th century. It once formed an important communication element on the Golden Salt Trail, which crossed the Otava River in Písek.
The structure, 110 meters long and 6.25 meters wide, consists of seven arches. Six are original, the seventh is from 1768 and is about twice as wide. Six bridge piers were built by medieval builders on dry land, in so-called construction pits, when they created a protective embankment around the construction site and let the river flow through a side channel. It is a pity that the two towers that protected the entrance to the bridge from both sides have not been preserved. The first of them fell victim to a great flood in 1768 (it is said that the poor herald also disappeared in the waves along with the tower), the second did not meet the growing traffic requirements and was mercilessly demolished in 1825.
The sculptural decoration of the bridge consisting of several baroque sculptures, or their replicas – sandstone originals can be seen in the Prácheň museum. During its existence, the bridge was exposed to the onslaught of floods several times, e.g. in 1432 or 1768. Apparently, the most difficult test for it was the so-called thousand-year flood in 2002, when the level of the Otava rose so high that it tore down the stone railing. However, the bridge itself withstood fifty times higher water flow (compared to the normal state). Hurricane Kyrill in 2007 then tore down the cross with Christ. The bridge was repaired and in 2008 a cross was installed again.
The Tábor Zoo was ceremonially reopened in June 2015 and is doing its best to live up to its main mission, which is the protection of endangered animal species.
In terms of area, the largest South Bohemian zoo in the natural area offers large enclosures for animals. You will get very close indeed. In this way, you will not only see the animals, but you will literally experience them in the immediate vicinity.
Currently, ZOO Tábor is home to more than 300 animals, and this number is constantly growing. Many of them are endangered species in their homelands. By breeding them, the zoo helps them survive. All animals receive the highest quality feed and top veterinary care.
Milevsko swimming pool
Don't want to swim in a dam and prefer chlorine and lots of people? In the summer months, the swimming pool area offers the possibility of relaxing by the water in a quiet corner of the city. If you choose active rest, you can play beach volleyball in the sand or tennis, badminton or netball on a reinforced screen surface. There are also play elements for children, such as a castle, trampoline, sandpit or feather swings. However, it is better to stay in Trhovky.
Swimming pool in Zvíkovské Podhradí
The Zvíkovské Podhradí sports complex and swimming pool offers a pleasant environment for outdoor swimming. A 25-meter long pool, a children's pool with a slide and a children's wading pool are available to visitors. For greater swimming comfort for small children, the children's pool is heated by solar heating. The area also offers a multi-purpose field with artificial grass where visitors to the area can play tennis or netball, a smaller clay court for netball and volleyball, a children's playground and two outdoor gym machines. Of course, there is also the possibility of refreshments inside the premises.
The surrounding area of the pool is grassy, in places with trees, so it is possible to use the shade and thus protect yourself from the sun.
Tour of the Orlík dam
Would you like to know how the operation of the Orlík hydropower plant looks like? Come and see the excursion directly to the engine room and the dam. You can choose from three types of interpretation - expert, expert-popular and popular, which mainly offers pearls and points of interest.
During your visit to the Orlík hydroelectric power plant, in addition to the explanation in the info center, you will also be treated to a tour of the operation - you will see both the interior of the power plant and its exterior, including the dam. You can look forward to spending time in a technically completely unique space!
Do not forget that both the dam and the power plant are active industrial operations, so it is necessary to follow the guide's instructions. A typical tour lasts 45-60 minutes. Those interested in a more detailed tour, e.g. professional groups, must make arrangements in advance when ordering. In addition to expert interpretation, we also offer tours with expert-popular and popular interpretation, which are interspersed with various points of interest.
You will see what is hidden under the mass of concrete and learn the principle of electricity generation in the Kaplan turbine (you can even walk on its cover). Experienced and always in a good mood, the guides will explain everything about the power plant and the dam and answer your questions.
In the summer, it is possible to take a boat trip from Orlík Castle to the dam followed by a tour of the power plant and the dam.
How to book an excursion - tell us at the reception. We will arrange a tour for you or
it is necessary to make a reservation by calling 737 506 950 (the number is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access and parking
The power plant is entered through the main entrance, which is located away from the access road (turn right before the village of Solenice). This is where the excursion begins. How do you know for sure that you are right? You will have a dam above you and a statue of the Vltava Poseidon will be placed directly above your head.
You can park directly in front of the Orlík power plant along the water. It is always necessary to follow the passage to the yard. Please follow the instructions you receive during the reservation.
When traveling by boat (in the summer season), it is necessary to take into account the descent taken by foot on arrival. From the pier, keep following the direction of Solenice. In a sharp left turn, a stone staircase leads up the slope to the road that leads directly to the power plant.
The Blatná Castle website is beautiful and provides all the information. Take a look at them and go out to see the Hildprandts and their stories, a children's tour, the most important families in Blatná, the castle park and much more.