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Hladná - Vltava prospects

Views of the Vltava, in the places where the swell of the Orlická reservoir begins

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Hladná - Vltava prospects
Inserted: 04.12.2021
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
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Halfway between Písek and Týn nad Vltavou is the small village of Hladná, which is now part of the village of Albrechtice nad Vltavou. It is still more than 51 km along the river to the dam, but the swell of the dam usually reaches here.

Reservoir level drop

In winter, however, the level of the reservoir is sometimes artificially lowered for the purpose of repairs and maintenance of the dam, sometimes by up to seven meters. Thanks to this, it is possible to see the exposed parts of the original Vltava riverbed.

Reservoir level drop
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The difference in levels is evident on the rocks

A very significant difference in levels is beautifully visible on the surrounding rocks. We can also realize how deep the river canyon was originally and how picturesque it must have been before the surface swelled.

The difference in levels is evident on the rocks
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Objects mostly hidden under the surface

Lowering the water will allow us to see, for example, the road to the water or the original navigation around the river.

Objects mostly hidden under the surface
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Flooded military bunker

Due to the drop in water level, the military bunker „řopík“ from the period before the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Germany, for example, is emerging near the village of Hladná. Opposite the bunker, there are remains of a bridge pillar on the shore.

Flooded military bunker
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The mouth of the Albrechtický brook

The Albrechtický stream flows into the Vltava below the village. Usually the large bay is above the water at a reduced water level.

The mouth of the Albrechtický brook
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Flooding part of the village

The sad history of the village, when part of the village was flooded by a dam in 1960, is reminded by a sign on a stone by the road.

Flooding part of the village
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