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The Village Morinka
We recommend you to start by exploring your neighbourhood. You can spend half a day or full day by browsing around in the village and surrounding forests and meadows.
The village is very old, the first time it was mentioned in 1338. It lies at an altitude of 342 m. The number of inhabitants is 142.
We have a very nice square
with old chapel from the mid-19th century.
You can also find one of the oldest houses
from the mid-18th century here.
Morinka has been registered as conservation area of folk architecture since 1995 and it is part of a protected area Natura 2000.
Just in front of our house, you notice a steep hill with a big stone on the top.
It is our Menhir, it is 2 meters high and weighs 8 tons. It was erected on the last day of the Millennium by one sculptor and a group of his fans, who used only ropes and wooden logs like in the time of the Stonehenge
Next to the Menhir, you can take a rest and enjoy the beautiful view in another masterpiece –
a concrete armchair
Take a sandwich and a bottle of good wine and climb up for an extraordinary picnic experience!
Within 5 Kilometres
By walk or by car, you can easy reach one of the Czech national jewels – the medieval castle, former treasure and a “summer residence” of the emperor Charles IV, the castle called Karlstejn:
The castle lies in a small, picturesque village of the same name, where you can wander around, have a good lunch and buy some souvenirs. In the castle, you can see the historical rooms and something very special: the St. Cross chapel, which walls are covered by gold and diamonds (to visit the chapel, you need a reservation 3 days in advance).
More on: http://www.hradkarlstejn.cz/en/
Should you feel like nature rather than history, you can pack your rucksack and explore the surrounding woods. The interesting destination/sight is the quarry Velka Amerika (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velk%C3%A1_Amerika).
Near the castle , you can also play golf: http://www.karlstejn-golf.cz/page.php?pageid=510
Besides Karlstejn, there is number of small cities or villages, where you can do some shopping or just have a cup of coffee or glass of wine on the square – Dobrichovice, Revnice, Cernosice.
Within 15 Kilometres
The Koneprusy limestone caves (http://jeskyne.cesky-kras.cz/english/) are the largest cave system to be found in the Czech Republic. The caves were discovered in 1950 and made accessible for the public in 1959. The caves are 400 milion years old Devonian limestones, consist of three levels to be found 70 m under the ground-level and over 2 km long. The accessible part is 620 m long and sightseeing tour lasts one hour.
Solvayovy lomy (http://www.solvayovylomy.cz/letak_EN_070402.pdf) – old quarry and a museum of mining in the nature.
Svaty Jan pod Skalou is one of the most picturesque villages in the National Nature Reserve Czech Karst. It abounds with numerous natural beauties and is home to many historical landmarks. Its history dates from the end of the 9th century, when, according to the legend here, in a cave under a huge rock wall, the first Czech Christian hermit Ivan settled. The most interesting sight is a church and a view point (210 metres high cliff) above the village.
The paintings in the kitchen and hallway are original aquarelles made by Matej Kus, born 2000, living in Mnisek pod Brdy. He has made them when he was 13.
Matej is real talent J.