CZECH REPUBLIC

Mělník – Where two rivers meet

Melnik Czech Republic

Another day and another Czech town. This time I visited Mělník. One of my missions when I started blogging was to influence people to travel to destinations they wouldn’t normally consider. One of those destinations is the Czech Republic. You might be asking your self why the Czech Republic? People go there all the time? Correct they do. But according the the tourist board statistics not many of them travel outside the capital city of Prague. So my aim this month has been to visit as many places as I can to highlight just how much the Czech Republic has to offer travellers outside the capital. Not only has it been an eye opener for me (I didn’t really realize how beautiful this country was) I hope it will also influence others to come the Czech Republic for longer than a 3 day city break.

About a half an hour drive north of Prague, this beautiful 9th century fortress perched high on a ridge makes a great day trip from the city. When driving to Mělník you will see in the distance the most striking building of the town, St Peter and Paul Church.

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Once we had found a car parking space we wondered up the hill to the main square. The square is very pretty with the typical fairy-tale baroque pastel facades. The town hall stands out the most with its pink and yellow stripes.
A walk up the main street leads you to the large looking chateau. There were tours being conducted which included a visit into the chateaus cellar and wine taste one of the regions most famous wines, but we wanted to sit out and enjoy the sunshine and this great view…

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Below is the junction where two of the Czech Republic’s biggest rivers join, the Elbe and the Vltava. There is also the vineyard and we were told on really clear days you can see right across to the volcanic peaks of the Bohemian Highlands. But it was quite hazy so we weren’t so lucky.

Right next to the chateau is the church of St Peter and Paul. Inside there is a chapel of human bones. Over 15,000 peoples bones are estimated to be in the crypt, mostly victims of the plague but some that are said to have battle wounds. The church also has a large tower which you can climb for an ever better view across the plain. We completely lacked the energy and settled for an ice cream at the base instead! 🙂

Saint Paul Peter Church Melnik Czech Republic

Saint Paul Peter Church Tower Melnik Czech Republic

Although the town is small and doesn’t boast a great amount of things to do I really enjoyed its peacefulness and quaint buildings. It was very relaxing to sit and watch the world go by on top of the ridge. And the Ice Cream wasn’t bad either! 🙂

 

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  • This part of central Europe is so nice in the spring, with the green among the old buildings. What kind of wine is produced there? I don’t think I’ve had Czech wine, but I really enjoy the whites from the surrounding countries.

    • Samantha

      The grow white and red vines there I think? From what I have tasted the white wine is very light and fruity and the red is smooth. Personally prefer the white from here. Next time you come to the CZ you’ll have to do a wine tasting. In my opinion they have nothing on France, Italy, Argentina etc…but they are still very nice and cheap! I can go buy a bottle from the supermarket for pennies….!!

  • Nice! We also have a town called Melnik in Bulgaria (near the border with Greece) which is the smallest town in the country..also famous for its winery :))

  • Ooh that river is beautiful! I have to be honest, I’m one of those people who don’t know anything about Czech Republic except Prague but I’m intrigued to learn more. I’d love to explore outside that city to see more of the country beyond the touristic places.

  • I have a good friend who family name is Melnik! So funny that it’s the same with this beautiful and peaceful Czech town. Great photos!

    P.S. The color of the sky on the last photo is absolutely gorgeous.

  • Could the Czech Republic exude any more romanticism? They must have had poets as builders. I love the architecture and the setting.

    • Samantha

      It is a very fairy-tale country! I am very lucky enough to live right in the center of Prague and right outside my door are some spectacular buildings with hand painted facades! It’s like living in a Hans Christen Anderson story all the time 🙂

  • Any place with grape vines is a place I’d like to visit. 🙂 I try to make a point of tasting some of the better local offerings of any place I visit, and I have had some quite good Czech wines too. All were from Moravia; the better local red varieties are modry Portugalka and frankovka, but you’ll also come across wines and winemakers who are doing a very nice job with the more international varietals – cab sav, etc. In more broad terms, whites will be of higher quality than reds. But the fun is in exploring. 🙂

    • Samantha

      I agree! They do wine tasting courses here in the city, might try and see if I can go to one and try some more Czech Wines! As you say exploring is the fun part!

  • I still havent been to Prague yet but its on my hit list for next year. You are right, most of the time you hear people talk about the main city and its as if that is the only city the country has to offer. Great to see more through your pictures and hopefully will drop by one of these places on my visit to Czech next year.

    • Samantha

      If your visit please let me know! 🙂 Prague is a great city and I don’t discourage people visiting it just there is more to the Czech Republic than it’s capital 🙂

  • Ele

    I visited Melnik a month ago. The Elbe actually meets not the Vltava, but a canal of Vlava, but people always confuse them.

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