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Weir (or, Rechle) in Lenora

Unique beam bridge.

Rechle (weir) near Lenora is a beamed footbridge over the Teplá Vltava, which was built in 1870 for the purpose of retaining floating wood. The wooden, covered footbridge thus directed the wood on the way to the then paper mills in Větřní and Loučovice.

How did it work? The meaning of the word rechle comes from the German Rechen, the rake. To hold the wood, stakes or beams were dropped into the water a few tens of centimeters apart – that is how they resembled rakes. The wood was detained with them, so it was possible to count it and continue to drain it.

The weir also retained wood if the water level was low, to prevent the wood from sliding further down the stream. As soon as a higher wave of water came from the surrounding lakes, the wood got loose and the water carried it to the paper mills.

The bridge is covered with a shingle roof, measuring 25 meters in length and standing on granite pillars. It is a protected cultural monument.