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Tachov region – Český les (Bohemian Forest)

The Tachov region and the northern part of the Český les are close to the border with Germany. Although the area is very attractive from the tourist point of view, not many visitors are coming, yet. The center of the area is the town of Tachov, founded in the 13th century. In the city and its surroundings you will find a number of significant historical monuments. To the west of Tachov lies the mysterious and little-visited Czech Forest. At the time of totalitarianism there was a strictly guarded border line, where many original villages and settlements with the predominance of the German population were completely destroyed and where the entrance was forbidden to tourists and visitors. Along the previously strictly guarded border comes a number of forest roads. At present, the Český les is a protected landscape area for its natural richness, charm and tranquility. If you are crossing this area by bicycle or going on foot, meeting with other tourists is rather random. If you visit this region, you will definitely fall in love with it and you will return to places where the nature, the silence and the touch of mystery blend.

Tourist attractions on the health tracks

Tachov: The center of the western part of the Czech Republic is about 11 km away from the state border with Germany in the immediate vicinity of the northern part of the Český les - protected nature area. The river Mže flows through the town. It belongs to cities whose history dates back to the 12th century. Tachov is situated on an important medieval trade route (the so-called Nuremberg Path), connecting Bohemia with Germany. It was promoted to the royal city in the second half of the 13th century. Over the centuries, Tachov has experienced a troubled history. In the past, the city had the predominance of German-speaking inhabitants, and the Jewish population lived there. After World War II, the Czech-speaking population settled Tachov. In the historical part of the city we find building and historical monuments from different periods. Not far from square Náměstí Republiky, there is a Classicist chateau standing on the site of the original Gothic castle above the Mže River. The Temple of Assumption of the Virgin Mary from the 14th century is the culmination of the gothic peak and forms the dominant of the city. Church of St. Wenceslas is originally a Gothic church from the 13th century. In the middle of the 19th century it was rebuilt and served as the tomb of the princely Windisgrätz family. A part of the city walls were restored near the church. Church of St. Mary Magdalen - originally a gothic monastery of the Franciscans that was rebuilt in a baroque style in the 18th century. Next to the church there is a Franciscan monastery, where you can find the Český les museum. There is a park with a pleasant resting place behind the museum. The remembrance of the Jewish community in Tachov is the old Jewish cemetery at the southwest corner of Tachov. On the southwest corner of the city there is a large sports recreation area with a number of sports facilities including a swimming pool and a winter stadium.

The Horse Riding School in Světce: A unique neo-Romanesque structure of the Riding School built in 1861 by the Prince Windisgrätz. The second largest Riding School building in Europe. It is accessible to the public.
Hejčák: A pond on the northern edge of Tachov. In summer, it is used for recreation.

Lesná: One of the oldest villages in Český les, founded in the 14th century. In the village you can find a castle from the 16th Century, today it is the seat of the municipal office. There are several possibilities of refreshment in the village.

Windisgrätz's spring: It is situated at the end of the so-called Prince's Avenue on the southeast of Tachov. It is a slightly mineralized alkaline carbonic acid with a pleasant taste.

Oborská hájovna: The building of the lodge is located in places of the ancient trade so-called golden trail. A group of 8 old, preserved oak trees is near the lodge.

Memorial monument Vysoká (High): A reminder of the Battle of Tachov between Hussite and Crusader troops in 1427. It was revealed in 1971. It is not far from the lookout tower Vysoká (High) which offers beautiful view of Tachov and its surroundings.

Světce (Saints): Village on the western edge of Tachov. From Tachov to Světce leads the so-called Princely Alley. The 2171 cycle track and the blue tourist sign lead through the Alley.

Stará Knížecí Huť (New Princely Glassworks): One of the few settlements in the Bohemian Forest. Part of our route between the defunct Nová Knížecí Huť and Stará Knížecí Huť lies on the history trail of the glassworks, which is a reminder of the defunct glass tradition in this part of Český les.

Lučina water reservoir: Reservoir serving as a reservoir of drinking water for Tachov and its surroundings lying on the river Mže. Swimming and parking of motor vehicles are prohibited.

The extinct villages of Český les: During the Health track-CYCL- 2, you will pass through several villages that have disappeared after the expulsion of the German population after the Second World War. In the 1950s they were completely destroyed. On our cycling route is the former Pavlova huť, Zlatý potok, Nová Knížecí Huť and others. In the area of ​​Český les there are many other extinct municipalities.

The ruins of the Paulan Monastery in Světce: The ruins of the former Paulan monastery dating from 1639.

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