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.
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…
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! 🙂
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! 🙂