Sights & Landmarks Around Pacov

Kámen Castle

Hrad Kámen
Built on top of a rock in the 13th century, this castle has opened up its old palace to visitors along with the 19th/early 20th century lifestyle and home arrangement exhibition, its main crowd-puller being a single-track vehicle exhibition including several dozen vintage motorcycles and bicycles. The exhibition references the Pacov Circuit where international motorcycle races were held in 1905 and 1906, and the early phase of the Czech bike-racing scene. (see website).

  • Accessible by car and bicycle (4,5mi).
  • Pacov – Eš – Kámen

Chýnov Cave

Chýnovská jeskyně
The unique Chýnov Cave (Chýnovská jeskyně) draws visitors to Mt. Pacova Hora near Chýnov at the westernmost border of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands. The cave was discovered during limestone quarrying in the 19th century. A 240yd stretch of a nearly mile-long cave is open to the public. (see website).

  • Accessible by car and bicycle (10mi).
  • Pacov to Cetoraz to Lejčkov to Kladruby, where you take the first side road on your right towards Chýnov Cave (Chýnovská jeskyně) after entering the village.

Hříbek, Lukavec

Hříbek v Lukavci
Mushroom-shaped two-story Neoclassical gazebo built in the late 18th century. A one-time home of the notable Czech poet Antonín Sova, the gazebo now commemorates Sova’s life and work with an exhibition (see website).

  • Opening hours: High season (April to October) Tue 2.30-4pm. Off-season please book your visit with the Hříbek museum in advance (+420 605 436 304).
  • Accessible by car, bicycle, and foot via Sovova Stezka tourist trail (8mi).
  • Pacov – Salačova Lhota – Lukavec.

Želiv Abbey

During its 860 years long history, the White Canons’ abbey in Želiv has seen many changes and turning points. Bishop Otto of Prague along with Duke Soběslav (Sobeslaus) and the duke’s wife Adelaide of Bohemia established the abbey in 1139 to be used by Benedictine monks from the nearby Sázava Monastery (see website).

  • Accessible by car and bicycle (13.5mi).
  • Pacov – Březina – Hořepník – Křelovice – Želiv

Kamenice Château

Kamenice nad Lipou
The original 13th century castle in Kamenice nad Lipou was converted in the mid-16th century and then again in 1580–1583. The entrance tower was added in 1744. The mansion kept its Renaissance character until a major Neoclassical remodelling undertaken by Jacob Rudolf Geymüller in 1839–1842. The château is surrounded by an English landscape park featuring a 700–800 years old linden tree that gave the town its name (see website).

  • Accessible by car and bicycle (17.5mi).
  • Pacov, Eš, Věžná, Vintířov, Černovice, Benešov, Včelnička, Kamenice nad Lipou

Kozí hrádek

Kozí Hrádek
The most memorable castle of Tábor area, Kozí Hrádek was a one-time home of John Huss, the key figure of the Czech Reformation movement (see website).

  • Accessible by car and bicycle (16mi).
  • Pacov, Cetoraz, Lejčkov, Kladruby, Chýnov, Turovec, Kozí Hrádek

Šelmberk Castle ruins

Hrad Šelmberk
Šelmberk (Schellenberg) castle ruins featuring an intact bergfried tower dominate the surrounding area. The castle is now a major part of a Heritage Crafts information centre (see website).

  • Accessible by car and bicycle (16mi).
  • Pacov – Těchobuz – Františkov – Staniměřice – Janov – Mladá Vožice – Běleč – hrad Šelmberk

Mount Blaník

Velký Blaník
In 1835 a triangulation pyramid was constructed at the top of Mount Blaník. Sixty years later Franziskus von Paula, count of Schönborn, replaced the pyramid with the first observation tower offering a view of the Blaník area landscape while also serving as a trigonometrical station (see website).

  • Accessible by car and bicycle (16mi).
  • Pacov – Salačova Lhota – Mezilesí – Holýšov – Slavětín – Olešná – Načeradec – Velký Blaník

Mount Křemešník

A 765 meters (2,510ft) high hill with an observation tower and a pilgrimage site (see website).

  • Accessible by car and bicycle (22mi).
  • Snacks available on-site. (web)
  • Pacov, Pošná, Proseč u Pošné, Čížkov, Starý Pelhřimov, Pelhřimov, Putimov, Křemešník

Červená Lhota Château

Červená Lhota
This lake castle was built around the original 14th century fort. The current Renaissance château – the result of repeated remodelling – dates from around 1530. Reflecting the authentic living arrangement of the château’s last aristocratic owners from around 1910, the first-floor interior was in fact laid out as early as the 1680s (see website).

  • Accessible by car and bicycle (21mi).
  • Pacov, Eš, Černovice, Dobešov, Vlkosovice, Mnich, Světce, Deštná, Červená Lhota

Choustník Castle

This bergfried-based castle was erected atop the westernmost part of a distinctive rock massif ridge before 1282 when it was first mentioned as the home of a Benedict of Choustník (see website).

  • Accessible by car and bicycle (19mi).
  • Pacov, Eš, Věžná, Vintířov, Černovice, Mlýny, Choustník

Lipnice Castle

Lipnice nad Sázavou
One of the stateliest feudal castles in today’s Czech Republic was established in the early 14th century by the influential Lichtenburg family in Lipnice nad Sázavou. A self-guided tour of monumental medieval architecture offering a unique view of the surrounding area is available here. Visitors can also visit an archaeology exhibition, a Gothic chapel, and a large subterranean vault encompassing the former banquet hall of Henry of Leipa (see website).

  • Accessible by car and bicycle (27mi).
  • Pacov, Hořepník, Křelovice, Želiv, Humpolec, Kejžlice, Lipnice nad Sázavou

Orlík Castle, Humpolec

Hrad Orlík
Originally built in the late 14th century. The oldest possible written evidence of a Humpolec castle dates from 1399. The castle is mentioned explicitly in 1404 reports detailing its besiegement and conquest by Henry of Rosenberg (see website).

  • Accessible by car and bicycle (22mi).
  • Pacov, Hořepník, Křelovice, Želiv, Humpolec, Rozkoš – Orlík

Ledeč Castle

Ledeč nad Sázavou
Ledeč nad Sázavou was first mentioned in 1186 when duchess Elisabeth of Greater Poland granted Ledeč village to the Knights of Saint John. During the early 13th century a simple bergfried-based castle was built atop the distinctive promontory separating the right-hand bank of Sázava River from Olešná Brook (see website).

  • Accessible by car and bicycle (26mi).
  • Pacov, Hořepník, Senožaty, Miletín, Koberovice, Hojanovice, Ledeč nad Sázavou

Roštejn Castle

The late Gothic Roštejn (Rosenstein) castle topping a 677 meters (2,221ft) high rocky hill is surrounded by the picturesque landscape of the Javořice Highlands (see website).

  • Accessible by car and bicycle (37mi).
  • Pacov, Pelhřimov, Horní Cerekev, Vanůvek, Doupě, hrad Roštejn.