Fairytale history

Castle Loket & Chateu Becov

 

The most visited historical monument in the town is Loket Romanesque castle from the early 13th century. In the days of the House of Luxembourg, the castle served as a temporary residence of members of the royal family. During the Thirty Year War it was conquered and plundered by Swedish troops.

 

The undoubted dominant feature of the town is Chateau Bečov nad Teplou. The originally Gothic castle from the early 14th century was heavily damaged during the Thirty Year War. Later it was abandoned. In the days of Questenbergs in the early 18thcentury, an opulent Baroque chateau was built near the castle.

CASTLE LOKET

 

At the beginning of the 13th century, Loket, a royal castle was built on a landmark promontory within the Ohře River bend. It used to be called the “Key to the Czech Kingdom”. Soon after, a small town, first mentioned in 1288, arose below the castle. In the early 15th century the royal town was fortified and turned into an important focal point of the Czech Crown. In the course of the 19th century, the town became famous for its local porcelain factory. However, industrial production was located in the surrounding towns. The town regained its former fame in the time of beginning tourism bloom, when the local area of great natural beauty and numerous historical monuments became increasingly popular with holidaymakers and romantics.

 

How to get there

The historic town of Loket (Elbow, Elbogen in German) is located about 14 kilometres from the centre of Karlovy Vary. Start your trip in the Karlovy Vary district of Doubí. To get there, use bus No. 6 and then follow the blue tourist route. A pleasant walk through the romantic valley of the Ohře River past the Svatoš Rocks is 9.5 kilometres long and will take you about two and a half hours. If you decide to ride a bike, the cycling path that is part of the backbone cycling route No. 204 will lead you through the valley as well. To get to Loket from Karlovy Vary, take an intercity bus from Dolní nádraží (Lower Bus Station) or a train leaving from Horní nádraží (Upper Railway Station), changing in the Chodov station. If you are travelling to Loket by car, use the R6 motorway in the direction of Cheb. At the Loučky exit, turn onto the 209 district road that will take you directly to the town.

 

source: karlovyvary.cz & kvpoint.cz

CHATEAU BEČOV NAD TEPLOU

 

The originally Gothic castle was probably built in the early 14th century on a high promontory above the Teplá River to protect an important crossroad of provincial roads. The first written mention of the local fortified settlement dates back to 1349, the days of the Lords of Riesenburg. In 1387, the settlement below the castle was granted the status of a town. Mining (mainly tin mining) was the main source of income for Bečov’s residents in the Middle Ages. In the 19th century crafts were on the rise in the town: small factories started emerging here. A renowned music school located in Bečov was frequented by students from the entire north-western Bohemia. Thanks to the quickly developing road and rail traffic, the beautiful landscape of the Slavkov Forest came to the attention of tourists and naturalists.

 

How to get there

 

The small town of Bečov nad Teplou is located about 25 kilometres from the centre of Karlovy Vary. The best starting point for your walking trip is Doubí. Climb up the green tourist route across Deer Hill (Jelení vrch) to Horní Slavkov. From there follow the yellow tourist route to the outskirts of the village of Krásno, where you need to turn onto the district road and continue via Milešov to Bečov. The all-day trip through beautiful hilly countryside is 21 kilometres long. The above described way is also a marked cycling route. You can also get to Bečov nad Teplou by an intercity bus or train leaving from Dolní nádraží (Lower Bus Station) in Karlovy Vary. Bečov nad Teplou can also be reached by car using the I/20 road in the direction of Pilsen.

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