The town of Vimperk lies at the intersection of Prague – Passau and Prachatice-Klatovy routes at the foot of the peak of Sumava Mountains called Boubin. Vimperk is also called the gate and the heart of Sumava. The town is known for its printer’s and glass-making tradition.
At present, Vimperk is a center of the Sumava National Park. It stretches on 69,030 hectares and is the largest national part not only in the Czech Republic but in the whole Central Europe. Together with the Protected Landscape Area of Sumava and the Bavarian Forest National Park it forms the so-called “Green Roof of Europe”, declared a biospherical reservation by UNESCO in 1990.
castle-museum, arboretum – forest garden, movie-theatre, swimming pool, winter and football (soccer) stadium, tennis courts, horse-riding school, biking, hiking, skiing, bike and ski rental, fishing, mushroom picking, fitness, solarium, massages, pedicure, manicure, discotheque, night clubs and bars, supermarkets, gasoline station, post office, banks, hospital, railway and bus station, information center.
• Kubova Hut and Horni Vltavice – about 8-minute drive– skiing
• Lodicky na Vltave – about 30-minute drive (boat transport possible)
• Graffenau (Germany) – about 40-minute drive – a very nice swimming center with a salt water
• All-day trip to Passau (Germany) – a town on the Danube River – about 1-hour drive
The Square – Castle – Haselburg – Cerna zamecka brana (Black Castle Gate) – The Church of Visitation of the Holy Mary – Statue of St. Jan Nepomucky – the Church of St. Bartholomew – The Chapel of Fourteen Holy Helpers – Belfry – A stone statue of St. Anna Selfthird –Crib houses No. 16 an 18 – Innocencova Street – Municipal House on the square of nam. Svobody – descr. No. 39,40 – Fountains on the square –”U Jelena” House.
Boubinsky Forest, Sudslavicka Path, Chalupska Fenland, Pravetinska Path, Javornik, Jezerni Fenland, Povydri, Medvedi stezka (Bear’s Trail).
Zadov-Churanov-Kvilda , Kubova Hut, Nova Hut, Horni Vltavice, Mitterfirmiansreut-Philippsreut.
PLACES OF INTEREST
• Kubova Hut – the highest positioned railway station in Bohemia, the remainders of the Golden Trail
• Zadov – a meteorological station Churanov,a sports skiing area
• Kvilda – the highest positioned mountain village in Bohemia
• Lenora – a township with a famous glassworks, Museum of Glass
• Wolf Stone – a monument of shooting the last Sumava wolf on Svetla Hora (Light Mountain)
• Vinec – a primeval fortification with a perimeter of about 1,350 m from the late Stone Age
• Vchynicko-Tetovsky Canal – a navigation canal from the turn of 18th and 19th centuries
• Volary – Volary houses, the Church of St. Catherine
• The sources of the Vltava River – the source of the longest Czech river, the dividing range of the North and the Black Sea
HISTORY OF VIMPERK
The oldest written mention about Vimperk dates back to 1263. 1359 – the first report of the salt path – the Golden Trail from Passau to Vimperk. In 1479, the king Vladislav Jagellonsky sublimated Vimperk to the town status. The 15th century brougth the beginnings of the tradition of the Vimperk book printing and glass making. The town had several owners, Eggenbergs, Schwarzenbergs …
In 1855, Jan Steinbrener started to print books continuing the printing tradition. The books printed in local printing houses were famous throughout Europe and were printed almost in 30 languages.