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A tour of Hořice in the Krkonoše Mountains

Trip to Hořice town of tubes and statues

Petr Liška
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A tour of Hořice in the Krkonoše Mountains
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Hořice v Podkrkonoší lies about halfway between Jičín and Hradec Králové directly below the long forest ridge Hořický Chlum. The city is famous not only for its tubes, but also for its sculpture school, whose creations can be found in many places in the city. The famous Jan Žižka from Trocnov also led the battle around the Gothard hill (353 m above sea level).

Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad in Hořice

A good starting point for a tour of Hořice in the Krkonoše Mountains is the local main square of George of Poděbrady. You can park comfortably here. The square has a nice plague column and the town hall with a turret

Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad in Hořice
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Hořice Town Hall

Hořice Town Hall will fascinate you with its neo-Gothic tower – such a small Big Ben. Today, the city information center is located here

Hořice Town Hall
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Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary

To the south of the square stands the mighty Baroque Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary

Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary
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Entrance to Smetana's orchards

From the church we move along Janderova Street to the park – Smetanovy sady, where the first load of Hořice statues is (approx. 700 meters walk)

Entrance to Smetana's orchards
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Statue of Krakonoš

The Krakonoše statue is right at the edge of the park and for me it is the best work of the local statues. In addition, the children have quite respect for him

Statue of Krakonoš
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Monuments in Smetana's orchards

There are a total of eight monuments in the orchards, including Smetana, Dvořák and Alša. There is also a children’s pla­yground and a fitness playground

Monuments in Smetana's orchards
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Pilgrimage Church of St. Gothard

From the park we enter the hill Gothard. We enter the cemetery, which is dominated by the Pilgrimage Church of St. Gothard

Pilgrimage Church of St. Gothard
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Gothard Cemetery

Even the cemetery itself stands and walks, you will find a number of magnificent tombs and sculptures. There is also a monument to Jan Žižka

Gothard Cemetery
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Portal of the new cemetery

Probably the biggest attraction of Hořice is the beautiful portal of the new cemetery

Portal of the new cemetery
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Rieger's obelisk

From the cemetery we continue in the direction of the sculpture park U sv. Gothard. At the beginning of it is a twelve meter high Rieger's obelisk

Rieger's obelisk
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Sculpture park at St. Gothard

In the park you will find dozens of different statues. The slope of the hill is sunny, so it is possible to refresh or relax here

Sculpture park at St. Gothard
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View of the Hořice brewery

From the sculpture park, we move about 600 meters further to the interesting building of the Hořice brewery

View of the Hořice brewery
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Hořice brewery JungBerg

Hořice brewery JungBerg is not only an interesting building, but you can also eat well here and of course taste the local specialties

Hořice brewery JungBerg
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Hořice chateau

Just a short distance next to the brewery, you will pass Hořický zámek, which is not impressive at all

Hořice chateau
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Fountain on Jiřího z Poděbrad Square

The circle closes, I'm back on the square of George of Podebrady. In its middle part there is also a nice fountain

Fountain on Jiřího z Poděbrad Square
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Masaryk Tower of Independence

If you want to extend your trip, you can go to the beautiful Masaryk Tower of Independence, which also serves as a lookout tower. It is located about 1.3 km to the north from the center of

Masaryk Tower of Independence
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View from the tower

The view from the tower is nice – you can see the Giant Mountains, Zvičina and the center of Hořice

View from the tower
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