A little town in the foothills of the Jestřebí Mountains has a rich
cultural and sports tradition. The writer and journalist Karel Čapek was
born here; the Museum of the Čapek Brothers has been established in his
native house, including a gallery of Josef Čapek’s paintings (20
original oil paintings and prints from the 1920’s). The town square is
dominated by a Baroque church devoted to the “Seven Joys of the Virgin
Mary“, which is, together with a well and the “Mariánský sad” forest
park, a renowned pilgrimage place.
The town history is closely connected with mining – a museum in the nearby town of Rtyně v Podkrkonoší reminds us about 400 years of coal mining.
Jestřebí Mountains – educational
trails around mining monuments, tourism possibilities (hiking, bicycling
and cross-country skiing trails), a view-tower at Žaltman; Rtyně v
Podkrkonoší – Town Museum, annual brass music festival – Koletova Rtyně.