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One of the Oldest Trees

(Kamenice nad Lipou) The chateau park at the chateau in Kamenice nad Lipou is home to a memorial linden tree, whose age is estimated to be 600 to 800 years (it thought to have been planted in 1248). All that remains of the original monumental tree that gave the town its name is an unusual torso of 19 horizontally-growing branches.



The Smallest Cemetery in the Czech Republic

(Hluboké) The year 1885 marks the first written mention of a small forest Evangelical cemetery that is located in the town of Hluboké, not far from Naměšť nad Oslavou. Upon a request by Mr Josef Sklenář and his wife, Františka, ownership of this property that had previously functioned as a cemetery was

Vysočina Highway Bridge

(Velké Meziříčí) The Vysočina Highway Bridge at Velké Meziříčí unparalleled in its dimensions, height, as well as construction. The supporting structure is comprised of two steel beams with a total weight of 6,000 tonnes. The columns are made of cement. The height of the bridge deck is 77 metres, and the lengt

Hliník: the Most Famous Incomer

(Humpolec) "Hliník moved to Humpolec." This sentence, that was uttered many times from the mouth of the actor Zdeněk Srstka in the film Marečku, podejte mi pero! (Mareček, Pass Me the Pen!), gave a group of enthusiasts the idea some time ago to build the non-existent Humpolec resident a memorial in the cit

The Largest Tower Clock

(Třebíč) The tower clock on the city tower at St Martin's Church in Třebíč is the largest in the Czech Republic and the European continent. Four enamel dials with a diameter of 550 cm are run by five mechanical clockworks. The original Gothic St Martin's Church was reconstructed in the Baroque style in 17

The Oldest Reservoir

Approximately 4 km southeast of Želiv and 9 km southwest of Humpolec on the Želivka River lies one of the oldest reservoirs in the Czech Republic (construction was completed in 1927). The reservoir was built not far from the town of Sedlice past the confluence of the Hejlovka and Hejnický potok s

The Button Industry

(Žirovnice) Buttons: only from Vysočina. In the mid-19th century, 24-year-old Josef Žampach (originally from Vienna) married into the town of Žirovnice. He had trained in Vienna, and brought with him to Bohemia a turning lathe and button-making tools. Perhaps this was the beginning of the button-making tradi

Most Beautiful Vysočina Blooms

(Třebíč) Some of the most beautiful blooms belong to orchidaceous plants, of which the Vysočina Region boasts the relatively rare green-winged orchid. Others include the western marsh orchid, common spotted orchid, elder-flowered orchid, common twayblade, lesser butterfly-orchid, and the greater butterfly-o



The Largest Mobile Carillon in the Czech Republic

(Jihlava) Jihlava was the first ever witness to carillon performance outside of Prague. The carillon has 57 precisely-tuned bronze bells. Thus far, only 17 mobile carillons have existed worldwide. Five are mobile, and the rest have been converted into stationary carillons. The total weight of the Pražská mo

Indian Chief Trophy

(Třebíč) This Indian chief trophy (Tsantsa, Ecuador), supposed to endow its owner with the strength and courage of the defeated enemy is on display at the Muzeum Vysočiny Třebíč (Vysočina Museum Třebíč). In 1937, it was donated to the museum by MVDr. Josef Vondráček. The head is cut off using a ba

Artificial Slalom Canal

(Želiv) Trnávka, the only artificial slalom canal in Vysočina, is located near the town of Želiv, not far from Humpolec on the river of the same name. It is an approximately 700 m long course with a difficulty rating of WW III – V. The massive water current, numerous obstacles, and tall waves ensure am

The Tallest Lookout Towers in Vysočina

(Pelhřimov) One of the tallest lookout towers in Vysočina is Pípalka, which adorns the highest peak of Pelhřimovska-Křemešník (76 m). The 52-metre tall steel structure tests tourists with 205 stairs that ascend to a height of approximately 40 m. During favourable weather conditions, it is possible to see

Largest Cheese-Ripening Cellars in Central Europe

(Želetava) The original purpose of the cellars of today's Želetavské sýrárny cheesemakers from the 16th century was for ripening beer. After nationalisation, it was decided that the original Želetava brewery was unsuitable for the conception of the socialist planned economy. In 1953, the brewery was close

Most Valuable Peat Bog Plant

One of the most valuable peat bog plants in the Vysočina Region is the round-leaved sundew, a perennial insectivorous plant, listed as a highly endangered species according to decree no. 395/1992. Nature enthusiasts can see this plant primarily in the Železné hory Mountains.

Most Beloved Children's Television Show Animal

(Pavlov) The European otter is considered one of the most beloved animals, though it also causes quite a bit of trouble for fishermen. Otters are an endangered species and are protected. The most famous otter in Vysočina is Vydrýsek, who became the star of the Czech Television children's series of the same

Oldest Bell

(Havlíčkův Brod) The oldest surviving bell in the Czech Republic, "Vilém," in Havlíčkův Brod from the year 1333 weighs almost two tonnes, is 128 cm tall, and its bottom rim measures 148 cm in diameter. It remembers the era when the residents of Havlíčkův Brod warred with the resident of Jihlava over the ore m

Vysočina's Tallest Peak: Javořice

(Telč) The tallest peak of the Javořické vrchy Highlands (837 m) as well as the entire Českomoravské vrchoviny Highlands lies approximately 10 km northwest of Telč, and roughly the same distance northeast of Studená. The peak is nestled in an expansive complex of evergreen forests over which looms a

Largest Pond

The largest pond in the Českomoravské vrchoviny Highlands, Velké Dářko, covers an area of 206 ha. In the past, it served as a pond for retaining water to drive an iron mill, saw mills, and grain mills on the upper reaches of the Sázava River. Today, its expansive water surface area has become

Wind Power Plants

Since 2006, the wind power plants with a capacity of two megawatts towering above the town of Pavlov have been the dominant feature of the landscape far and wide. Their height, including the three 45-metre rotor blades, reaches an incredible 150 metres. The power plants are the first in Vysočina, a

 
 
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