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The recreational complex is set in a beautiful natural environment surrounded by forest protected landscape area Žďárské vrchy in the heart of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands and provides visitors of all ages with plenty of sporting and recreational activities.
At the beginning of the 18th century an architectural style unparalleled in the rest of Europe developed in Bohemia. Known as Baroque Gothic because it involved the transposition of Gothic elements into Baroque form it was the style in which the Church of St. John of Nepomuk on Zelena hora (Green Hill) was built in the years 1719 to 1722 in Zdar nad Sazavou.
The pilgrimage church at Green Hill is a unique work of art and indisputably the most original and individual building designed by the brilliant Bohemian architect of Italian ancestry Jan Blazej Santini-Aichl in the Baroque Gothic style. It is a building that escaped the conventional architectural rules and nostrums of the time, and it impresses even the modern eye as quite exceptional, with its complex interconnecting spatial forms, the dynamism of tis volumes, and the upward lift that defies the weight of the masonry.
The foundation of the church was linked to the preparations for the beatification and canonisation of John of Nepomuk after the opening of his tomb in St. Vitus´s Cathedral in Prague and the finding of his allegedly miraculously intact tongue. Construction started in 1719 on the orders of the Abbot of the Cistercian monastery in Zdar, Vaclav Vejmluva, and the church was consecrated a mere two years later.
Devět skal (Nine Rocks)
Devet skal (836 m) is the highest peak of Zdarske Vrchy (Zdar Hills) and the second highest peak across the Czech-Moravian Highlands (after Javorice). Located 3 km east of the village Heralec. Rock labyrinth consists of three long ridges with nine towers and three small towers.
The castle, which was the starting point and base of a great rise of the powerful lords of Pernstejn, founded in the mid-13th century and was renovated and expanded until the mid-16th century. Simple original layout is lost in the maze of later extensions, which has a very picturesque and monumental appearance at the same time. This late Gothic and early Renaissance castle form was not affected by later alterations and is a unique document of organic transformations medieval fortress on the luxurious Renaissance representative office.
Velké Dářko Lake
Velke Darko is the largest lake in the Czech-Moravian Highlands and the largest in Vysocina region. Has an area of 206 ha. It lies at an altitude of 610 m, 10 km north of Zdar nad Sazavou.
Lookout tower KarasínThe lookout tower is a new natural dominating feature of the Bysřice nad Pernštejnem area. Opened in 2002, the lookout was built at an elevation of 707 metres above sea level, and is one of few that serves solely as a tourist attraction. The observation gallery, which can be accessed by climbing 128 stairs, provides views of the Žďárské vrchy Hills, Bystřice nad Pernštejnem, Vítochov with its beautiful small church, Zubštejn Castle, and many other surrounding hills. The lookout tower also has a snack bar.
Lookout Tower Height: 25 m