Hidden Cities of Bohemia: Chrudim

0BB959F8-EAA1-4466-9398-8A0DEF1A21FBThose who travel to Czech Republic are usually mostly attracted by places like the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, the city of Český Krumlov or maybe the Karlštejn Castle. If you have more than just a few days to stay when visiting Czech Republic, there are many other places you should give a try. Today I want to talk about lovely city called Chrudim about an hour and a half away from Prague.

 

The city of Chrudim is located in the Eastern Bohemia, just a few kilometers away from the county town Pardubice. You can get there by a car using the highway which connects Prague and Hradec Králové, another county town of the region, or you can certainly take a train from the Prague’s Main Station which sounds much more adventurous and romantic. The city offers plenty of restaurants and also a shop with healthy food in case you’d forget your tofu spreads at home as I did when we visited the city.

 

The Heart of the City

Kostel Nanebevzetí Panny Marie, Resselovo náměstíYou can start your excursion of the city on the main square called Resselovo náměstí which was named after the inventor of a screw propeller and Austrian forester Josef Ressel, who was actually born in Chrudim in 1793. The main eye-catcher of the square is Chrudim’s Church of Assumption built in neo gothic style and you won’t probably miss a baroque plague column standing opposite the church, right in the middle of the square.

There is plenty to see if you are interested in architecture and history. But there is no need to worry even when you are not. Actually, there is much more to see if you are interested in a city nature, parks and cooperation between people and the nature in the city.

 

The Green Centre

Náhon, ChrudimIn fact, Chrudim is one of the cities which were able to use money from grants and subsidies to became more pleasant place to live in. Since 2001, Chrudim is involved in the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and thanks to that the city was able to rejuvenate its old water raceway.

The system is powered by water from Chrudimka river and was built probably during the 15thcentury. The system used to serve as an energy and water source for people living in the city. During the 20thcentury however many of the raceways were backfilled with dirt or changed into dead ends. The restoration started on the beginning of this millennium and since that the raceway and its surroundings has been transformed into lovely chilly place where you can take a rest, a walk or a run, not to mention your kids will love it here.

Rybí přechod, náhon, ChrudimThe walk along the revitalized water raceway will take you towards an unbelievably and unexpectedly romantic adventure and you might find yourself wondering whether you are still in the Czech Republic. It will take you alongside the medieval city walls which are now occupied by tiny charming gardens and you can see from below some of the other historic sights of the city.

 

Metamorphosis and More

One of the places where you can finish your trip through Chrudim is the Museum of Baroque Sculptures, which is located in the former church of saint Joseph. The church was built for the order of Capuchins but monks had to abandon the place in 1948. The building was restored by the city to serve as a place of meetings for local citizens, as the center of cultural life and also as a place where special venues can take place, for example weddings.

Chrudim, náhon, náměstí U VodárnyOur trip ended just right there but Chrudim can offer even more. Among all other places where you can do various sport activities the city’s recreational forests with a rope center to entertain young climbers and their parents as well was the one that caught my attention. And while being there you can also visit lookout tower called Bára, which was shortly after the opening destroyed by a tornado but the city managed to take care of it and now you can just relax there and enjoy the view over the region.

 

 

So, what do you think? Will you give Chrudim a try? Or have you already been there? Let me know in the comment section!

 

Take care and see you next time!

 

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