Last year, I had a chance to visit Český Krumlov in the South of the Czech Republic where my parents were living. Since my visit, they have relocated to the north of the country and as I had a laid-back day where we did not have many activities planned, I decided to explore the city called Most in the north of the Czech Republic where they are living now. Luckily, I did not have to look for activities for a long time – 25 minutes walk from their place, there was a Gothic castle called Hněvín so we decided to “climb that goddamn mountain” (wink, wink, there is a sneaky Jack Kerouac reference here!). The map of our walk looked like this:
Although the map said that we will need close to 35 minutes, we actually managed to climb up in a bit under 25 minutes. The castle itself was built in 1238 – 1248 in the Gothic style when Vaclav I was the king. During the Thirty Year’s War in Europe between 1618 – 1648, it was largely damaged and only rebuilt in the 19th and 20th century. The castle now is mostly the rebuilt replica of the original 13th-century castle.
The views from the top of the hill!
For the activities that you can do, there is a small park and a viewpoint as well as a restaurant where you can either have a meal or a drink. You can also go up the tower for a bit more than 1 USD but you will need to bring cash with you (they don’t take cash for the tower entrance). Personally, we strolled around, enjoyed the views and had some dark Czech beer (Kozel) as well as the meal there which was a great reward for climbing up the steep hill in the heat!