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Mikoláš Aleš's Path

Walking tour of not very well known part of South Bohemia.

This predominantly easy route between Mirotice and Čimelice can be taken on foot or on a mountain bike, as it runs on asphalt and field roads.

You can start your trip for instance in Mirotice, and then get back from Čimelice by bus. Your first stop should definitely be a visit to the small museum of draftsman, illustrator and local native Mikoláš Aleš, and puppeteer Matěj Kopecký, whose puppets are exhibited in the museum.

You will also pass the Jewish cemetery, which was founded in 1681 and is one of the oldest and best preserved cemeteries in South Bohemia. Now it is protected as a cultural monument.

The marked trail diverges slightly from the Aleš's Path in front of Boudy village to bring you to an interesting archaeological site with a group of 10 low Hallstatt mounds.

The yellow hiking trail will take you to the highest point of the trip - the Budský Castle. The remains of the Hallstatt-La Tène fort from the first millennium were preserved there - it is one of the best documented fortifications of its time in Bohemia.

From the abandoned mansion in Rakovice you will eventually arrive at the park with a beautiful Baroque chateau in Čimelice. Unfortunately, the chateau is not open to the public, but you can only admire it from the outside.

Photo source: Richenza (CC BY-SA 3.0)