Exploring the Natural and Cultural Treasures of Czechia with the Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre organized an unforgettable weekend excursion to the scenic wonders of Dolní Morava and the Jeseníky Mountains, held on the 25th and 26th of May. This annual event brought together researchers for a unique opportunity to explore the breathtaking landscapes and delve into rich cultural histories.

Day 1: Adventure in Dolní Morava

The journey began early on Saturday morning and we arrived at Dolní Morava by mid-morning. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the Sky Bridge 721, the world’s longest suspension footbridge. Spanning 721 meters and suspended 95 meters above a deep mountain valley, crossing this architectural marvel was both thrilling and awe-inspiring. For those preferring a more relaxed experience, an alternative educational walk provided stunning views of the bridge from a distance.

After the exhilarating bridge crossing, we visited the Mountain of Mother of God, a spiritual and historic site featuring a pilgrimage church built in 1700 and the unique Holy Stairs, a replica of the staircase from the Antonia Castle in Jerusalem. The day concluded with a check-in at the Barborka accommodation, where attendees enjoyed a social evening filled with games and shared experiences.

Day 2: Peaks, Panoramas, and Paper Crafting

Sunday started with an early breakfast, followed by a checkout from Barborka. The first hike of the day led to Praděd, the highest mountain in the Jeseníky range. The majestic views from the top, accentuated by the towering structure designed by architect Jan Liska, provided a perfect start to the day. Standing at 1,653 meters above sea level, the tower offers a perspective like no other in the Czech Republic.

The journey continued to Karlova Studánka, part of the group decided to hike from Praděd to Karlova Studánka via a natural trail. Karlova Studánka is a picturesque spa town renowned for its charming atmosphere and historical significance. Founded in 1785, this town is known for its healing mineral waters and architecture. We enjoyed lunch and the tranquil environment.

The final stop was the Paper Factory Velké Losiny, where attendees experienced the ancient craft of papermaking. This factory, with a history spanning over four centuries, offered a fascinating glimpse into traditional techniques and the evolution of paper production. The guided tour provided insights into the meticulous process and the cultural significance of this enduring craft.

The weekend trip left participants with a trove of memories and new experiences. This annual event not only provided a break from academic pursuits but also fostered a deeper appreciation for the natural and cultural heritage of the Czech Republic. The Welcome Centre extends its gratitude to all participants and looks forward to many more such enriching adventures in the years to come.

 Author: Martina Šlesingerová

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