Both those who want to recharge their batteries in nature and those who prefer to sit at a table over a glass of beer and spend time with friends will be satisfied with a trip to Jičín, Czech Republic. Kudowa-Zdrój is less than 75 km away.
The days are getting longer, the weather is getting nicer, so we begin to timidly plan the first short trips - even for the weekend. There is no shortage of ideas, especially when we consider places located in beautiful surroundings, and at the same time providing entertainment for lovers of typically urban attractions. The Czech Jicin (Jičín) is a proposition worth considering when planning such a trip. It meets the criteria of a city with a wide range of cultural events and a center in a beautiful location. It is called the gate to the Bohemian Paradise.
The city is known for a Czechoslovakian fairy tale for children about the adventures of the robber Rumcajs . Cypisko's bearded father was born in the 1960s, and to this day he is the pride of Jiczyn, just like Matołek - Pacanów the goat. In the city there are, among others Rumcajs shoemaker's workshop, liked by the youngest tourists.
There is a reason why Jičín is called the city of fairy tales. It is worth adding that not only was born there a highwayman, but also the duo Żwirek and Muchomorek and the less known in Poland Motyl Emanuel and Makowa Panienka. It will not be an exaggeration to say that this is a kind of Czech Bielsko-Biała , known as the place where the fairy tales about Reksio, Bolek and Lolek were created, as well as about the expedition of Baltazar Gąbka.
Walking around Jiczyn
Jicin , together with the other three centers (Semily, Nová Paka and Mladá Boleslav), closes the area of Bohemian Paradise, which covers an area of almost 1,400 km². After getting to know the city of fairy tales, you can easily get to the rest of the region's attractions, thus ensuring an eventful weekend.
The most beautiful view of Jičín is from the top of the 52-meter Valdicka gate. It is also worth seeing the houses with arcades, located on the main square - Valdštejnovo náměstí . The Valdštejnská loggia, surrounded by a park called Libosad, is also noteworthy. In summer, it hosts numerous concerts and exhibitions as well as cultural events, e.g. on the occasion of Midsummer Night.
Gate to Bohemian Paradise
The aforementioned Bohemian Paradise is the oldest geographic area of the country under protection and the center of the new UNESCO Geographical Park (since 2005). It is covered by gentle hills with shady valleys at their feet. Here and there the surface of the pond flashes from time to time. Looking from the bird's eye view, you can see the fantasy of nature, which - like an inspired artist - laboriously frayed the ridges of the rock forms.
Rivers meandering among the trees, and deeper, underground, there are unique caves that do not need to be brought closer to avid cavers. We are talking about the beautiful Bozkov dolomite caves (Bozkovské dolomitové jeskyně) located on the northern slope of the village of Bozkov. They form an intricate labyrinth of winding corridors with walls covered with dripstones, between which there are underground lakes with mesmerizing greenish-blue water. Entry to the caves costs 100 CZK, and you can visit them from April to October.
Camping at Rumcajs
The figure of the well-known robber has been associated with the city for years. So it's no surprise that you can find it everywhere - including at the campsite. Rumcajs camp site is located approx. 1 km from the center of Jičín. We will pay 130 CZK for a parking space for a motorhome and an adult's accommodation. Connecting the power supply costs CZK 70. You can come here with a pet (30 CZK).
One of the greatest strengths of the campsite is its location. It is an ideal starting point for further excursions in the region and around Jičín itself. Let us recall that we are at the entrance to the Bohemian Paradise, the second most beautiful region of the Czech Republic.
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