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Stádlecký Bridge
Did you know that the Czech
Republic has its very own Golden
Gate Bridge? But this one is in the
Empire style and spans the River
Lužnice in South Bohemia. This
m-long chain bridge near the
village of Stádlec in the Tábor district
is a|popular attraction, and not
just among keen photographers. It
originally stood on the site of the
Orlická Dam which was built in the
s. To save this beautiful piece of
technical prowess, the decision was
taken to disassemble it and move it
to its current location.
Dolní Vítkovice
The best-known industrial landscape
in the country is probably that of
Ostrava. The Dolní Vítkovice area
including the former Hlubina Mine
complex, a coking plant and blast
furnaces of the Vítkovice Ironworks,
was given UNESCO-listed status in
Tons of iron fashioned into
bizarre shapes and all kinds of tanks,
cranes, conveyors and large-scale
pipes can be inspected close up
along a special tour route. The U6
interactive exhibition located in a hall
that once held the electricity station
gives you the chance to trace the
development of technology from the
steam engine to the space rocket,
produce electricity by pedalling on a
special bike and find out what it’s like
for the pilot of a plane in a special
simulator. Currently other buildings in
the complex are being transformed
into art and film studios for
professionals and novices. So perhaps
next time you come here you can
record your experiences for posterity
in your own blockbuster movie.
Čeňkova saw mill
In a pretty spot in the protected
landscape of the Šumava where the
rivers Vydra and Křemelná meet,
a|saw mill was built in the late 19th
century to process timber from the
forests roundabout. It was named
after Čeněk Bubeníček, the man who
founded it. He bound timber up into
large rafts which he floated down the
River Otava and then into the Vltava
as far as the capital. The location is
enchanting, with unspoilt countryside,
which by all accounts provided
inspiration for Bedřich Smetana when
composing the opening bars of his
Vltava Symphony.
wandelt. Wenn Sie das nächste
Mal vorbeikommen, können Sie
Ihre Erlebnisse von der Besichti-
gung sofort in einem eigenen Film
Čeňkova pila – Vinzenzsäge
Am malerischen Zusammenfluss
von Widra/Vydra und Kieslingbach/
Křemelná im Landschaftsschutzge-
biet Šumava/Böhmerwald wurde in
der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhun-
derts eine Sägemühle zur Verarbei-
tung des Holzes aus den hiesigen
Wäldern erbaut. Die Sägemühle
wurde nach ihrem Gründer Čeněk
Bubeníček benannt, der hier das
Holz zu Flößen band und diese auf
der Otava/Wottawa bis in die
Moldau und auf dieser bis zur
Hauptstadt Prag flößte. Der Ort
bezaubert mit seiner jungfräulichen
Natur, die angeblich schon Bedřich
Smetana zur Komposition der Ein-
gangsmelodie zu seinem sym-
phonischen Gedicht „Die Moldau“
hingerissen haben soll.
Čeňkova saw mill / Čeňkova pila Vinzenzsäge
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