The West Bohemia metropolis is set in a picturesque countryside with river beds. Dark strips of woods and sunny valleys conceal attractive places for tourists.
One of them stands out. It is the outline of a castle ruin which dominates the scenic panorama. Czech King Charles IV had built the Gothic castle Radyne on a hill opposite the former Plzen castle in 1356-1361. Nowadays only a stone masonry remains and a prismatic tower rises on the horizon, giving us a lovely view of faraway borders with Bavaria.
The melancholic atmosphere of by-gone times is changed by a harmonic and cultivated hunting chateau Kozel (The Buck). A well kept English park is a pleasant place for a walk in any time of the year, but only during the tourist season can the chateau's interiors be visited, accompanied by a commentary on this former summer seat of the count Cernin's family.
By foot, there are accessible areas along the romantic valley of the River Berounka or a wooded hill Krkavec. A walk around the shiny surfaces of Bolevec Ponds will guide you to the national reserve with a spring, beginning in a peat-bog behind the Stone Pond.
Other destinations, though far, are worth seeing: the chateau in Luzany, Kladruby cloister with a unique cathedral built in a Baroque Gothic style, Gothic water-castle Svihov, imposing baroque architecture of cloister in Plasy, and so we could continue with the list.
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