TRAIL 5 – The 100 Kč (parts 1 & 2)
The 100 Kč note bears the face of The Father of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV.
Most rulers and their accomplishments will elicit mixed opinion in popularity polls but showing approval of Charles IV in the company of Czechs, is a safe bet. Indeed, not only is he idealized as one of the most noteworthy rulers, presiding over the whole of Europe, he is also celebrated as a founder and developer. His imperial coronation in Rome made him the figurehead of Christendom but it was his birthplace, Prague, which he chose as his seat and residence, founding the university and the New Town in 1348. There are few places one can explore in the Czech Republic, without stumbling upon links to Charles IV but the two hiking trails I propose, zoom in on two very different periods of his life.
Part 1 – 5,5 Km circuit in Loket
He whom we all know as Charles IV was born in Prague, on this very day – 14th of May – in 1316, and in fact, spent the first years of his life under the name Václav (Wenceslas). He was the first son of King Jan of Luxembourg and Queen Eliška whose union brought together both the Luxembourg and Přemyslid dynasties. However there was much violent discord between the parents, to the extent that when King Jan suspected his wife of plotting to overthrow him, she fled to Loket with their son. Jan cunningly gained entrance to Loket castle, separated mother and child, banished his wife miles away, to Mělník, and imprisoned the boy of 4, in Loket, for months, in very harsh conditions.
Difficulty: easy Distance: 5,5 Km Time: 1h10
Tips: If you drive to Loket from Prague, you may wish to spend the night there and also do a longer hike. You can find tips for dog-friendly accommodation as well as instructions for a fabulous 20 Km hike in the book Dog Walks Prague, hike # 37. Also you can access the photo gallery on the blog post “Loket to Karlovy Vary”.
Detailed itinerary: Standing in the main square, facing the hotel Bile kůň, descend all the steps located to the left of the buildings and cross the river then road. Follow the green trail past the little waterfall and up the slope. Your dog can let off steam in the huge fields to the left of the path.
And the link to my full circuit : https://mapy.cz/s/cobovumugu
100 Kč – Part 2 – circuit in Hájek U Uhříněvsi
Quite evidently the trauma experienced during his formative years did not go on to define him in any negative way. Charles IV became a powerful and respected ruler. The second hiking circuit that I have concocted in relation to the 100 Kč banknote zooms in on the period of his life where he stood at the helm of Europe, and leads us to a castle he purchased and donated to his younger brother Jan Jindřich (John Henry) and his descendants. A document dated on 3rd of June 1359, states that Charles IV thus intended to offer his brother “a convenient opportunity to linger nearby and take part in government meetings and court festivities in Prague.” (“pohodlnou příležitost prodlévat v jeho blízkosti a aby byl účasten i vládních porad ai dvorských slavností v Praze.”) Charles’ brother, John Henry, lived here until his death in 1375. This well-guarded castle of astonishing beauty, is Zámek Koloděje.
The starting point of the hiking circuit, is here: 50°2.49643’N, 14°38.39364’E
Difficulty : easy Distance: 6 Km Time: approximately 1h20
Park near St. Margaret’s church in K Markétě, Hájek U Uhříněvsi. Exercise caution driving to the starting point as this very narrow street also serves as a cycle path. To the left of the church, cross the field, following an unmarked but well-trodden path heading diagonally towards the gap in the trees and fields beyond. Follow the path past the mirador then left along the edge of the next field. You will have a view over vast agricultural fields to your right and will spot a lake to your left. There is a very steep path which goes down towards the lake should your dog like swimming. You will then need to climb back up to the path again.
Continue along this path then down to the left towards a stream with a wooden bridge. Do not go as far as the bridge, rather, locate the narrow path going right, just before a rather dilapidated wire fence. Keep following this path through forest then field (never crossing the river) and you will come to a corral, enclosing a herd of of the most elegant horses.
Take the path going straight on, with the corral to your left. Keep going straight on and when confronted with choices, keep following the path which climbs gently and veers only slightly towards the right.
You will emerge on a wider path, with fields on both sides and the wall of the extensive Zámek grounds over on the far left. Go straight on until you join up with a wide path bordered by young trees, bearing red trail markers. Go left then climb the mound to the wooden, sculptured monument.
From here, if you wish to see the Zámek (alas only possible from the gates) you can walk down the little lane to the left of the cemetery and weave your way through the residential streets towards the left. The castle grounds are guarded and if you approach the gates to try to peer into the courtyard, a courteous but stern guard will ask, via the intercom, if he can help you…
Then you must make your way back to the field and back along the red trail. This time, keep going straight on following the red trail markers. This pretty path will eventually take you all the way back to the cycle path where you will turn right to walk back to St Margaret’s church.
Here is the map:
And my full trail :https://mapy.cz/s/nazesazanu
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