Krupka and a hike in the mountains to Germany

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Train station Krupka-Bohosudov

Krupka (German: Graupen) is a small town (pop. about 14,000) at the foot of the Eastern Ore Mountains (Krusne hory). The region around the town was the largest tin mining area in Central Europe in the medieval times, the Gothic and Renaissance buildings in the old town were built from that income.

In Bohosudov (German: Mariaschein), since 1959 a district of the town and now its administrative and commercial centre, is a beautiful pilgrim basilica. Pilgrimages started in 1610 and were resumed in 1989 after the communists put a stop to it in 1945.

When in Krupka, an excursion up to the Ore mountains is highly recommended. The views from the main crest are fantastic. A historic chair lift or bus takes you up easily to Mt.

Map at the train station
Komari hurka from where hiking and cycling trails start. Even a hop over to the German side is easily doable.

In case you're wondering why I am using German names for the towns/sites sometimes: The region has been populated by a German majority for many centuries until the end of WWII. The official names of the towns in the area, the basilica, also the generally spoken language were German. After WWII the Germans were expelled according to the Benes decrees and Czechs from other regions of the country moved here. However, after many years of neglecting the German heritage a revival of it began. I noticed even locals use the German names when talking about history or to Germans.

On my first visit to Krupka I arrived by train from Decin via Usti nad Labem.
Trail to the town
The train station is named "Krupka-Bohosudov" and it's about a 15 minutes walk from the centre of the town. They had just finished the renovation of the town hall (Mestsky urad), a historic building with a nice courtyard, and I had a quick look inside. The western end of the same nicely designed little square is the backside of the pilgrim church and only a couple of steps from the historic town hall is the modern town administration building with the Tourist Information. This is where I bought a map for just a couple of Kc and got information about the chair lift up to the mountains.

Then I walked around the basilica to the entrance of the walled churchyard. It was closed, but the vicarage across the street was open and I could find a guy who gave me a tour (no photography inside, yuck).
main square Bohosudov with basilica (left)
Wow - the Baroque basilica is magnificent, with lots of altars, most spectacular the main canopy style altar with twisted columns similar to Bernini's in St. Peter in Rome. Next I walked along small alleys up via St. Anne church - in restoration, but I could go inside, despite (or because of) the works - in elevated location up the hillside with superb views. I continued my walk to the old town of Krupka, which stretches along a narrow valley quite a bit uphill, the market square is long-ish and inclined. There's a history museum in one of the many old buildings at the square, in front of it a Baroque statue. Generally speaking, most of the old townhouses were in need of restoration. The Gothic parish church looked to be in better shape, though, but was unfortunately closed.

I walked up to the castle, of which not much is originally preserved - some ruins, a tower, walls, in the middle a 19th century building turned into hotel-restaurant.
basilica
They had special lunch offers, so I sat down on their terrace and had a yummy beer and soup plus cevapcici. Not exactly remarkable food, but filling and inexpensive. Afterward I walked around on the grounds of the former castle and enjoyed the views - Krupka, Teplice, the Bohemian mid-range mountains (Ceske stredohori). Then I hurried to the chair lift, which runs only once an hour, at minute :30. I barely made it, had a quick look at the Way of the Cross along the way. The chair lift ride was fantastic - I loved the historic lift with seats across to the direction it's going, thus possible to look up and down by turning the head a bit, quiet, long - about two and a half kilometre!

On top the quiet time was over - Komari hurka is a very popular place for an excursion, wheather by car, motorbike, bicycle, as a hiker .
square with basilica
.. the panoramic views are the main reason, plus the excellent options for hiking, cycling and driving curvy roads. The restaurant was very busy, but I found a free table and ordered palacinky (pancakes) with banana and chocolate sauce (tasty, but I've had better) and latte macchiato, which was just ok. The interior of the hotel-restaurant was probably from the 1970s, but quite nice (bright, lots of wood). After enjoying the panoramic views - a bit foggy in the valley (Bohemian basin) with Teplice barely to see - I set out for the hike across the border to Saxony/Germany. The trail - an educational trail called "Mining Trail" - led me down over pastures to the village Fojtovice (nothing special at all, quite shabby), then to a monument for the victims of a Death March in 1945 (concentration camps in Germany evacuated south at the end of WWII, many people died on these marches) and, barely noticing that passing the border, to Fürstenau, a nice village. From there it was another hour on the well marked trail down to Geising, where I caught a train back home after having a well deserved ice cream at the bakery Nestler.

Paulovic says:
What a beautiful day.
Posted on: Nov 22, 2017
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Train station Krupka-Bohosudov
Train station Krupka-Bohosudov
Map at the train station
Map at the train station
Trail to the town
Trail to the town
main square Bohosudov with basilic…
main square Bohosudov with basili…
basilica
basilica
square with basilica
square with basilica
alley up to Krupka old town
alley up to Krupka old town
view from the walk to the old town
view from the walk to the old town
little house with St. Anne church …
little house with St. Anne church…
Christian wayside shrine by St. An…
Christian wayside shrine by St. A…
St. Anne churchyard portal
St. Anne churchyard portal
St. Anne
St. Anne
view from St. Anne
view from St. Anne
getting to old town Krupka (with c…
getting to old town Krupka (with …
old town Krupka
old town Krupka
old town Krupka
old town Krupka
old town Krupka, Husitska st. (whi…
old town Krupka, Husitska st. (wh…
old town Krupka, former town hall …
old town Krupka, former town hall…
old town Krupka
old town Krupka
gate to the castle grounds
gate to the castle grounds
castle Krupka
castle Krupka
lunch at the castle restaurant
lunch at the castle restaurant
remains of the castle
remains of the castle
view of old town Krupka from the c…
view of old town Krupka from the …
view toward Krupka-Bohosudov from …
view toward Krupka-Bohosudov from…
view in direction Teplice from the…
view in direction Teplice from th…
castle ruins
castle ruins
castle ruins
castle ruins
leaving the castle
leaving the castle
walking back to Krupka-Bohosudov
walking back to Krupka-Bohosudov
walking along an abandoned railrou…
walking along an abandoned railro…
view to the basilica, Ceske stredo…
view to the basilica, Ceske stred…
chair lift station
chair lift station
riding the chair lift
riding the chair lift
riding the chair lift
riding the chair lift
riding the chair lift, looking back
riding the chair lift, looking back
top station in sight
top station in sight
Komari hurka hotel and restaurant
Komari hurka hotel and restaurant
View from Komari hurka
View from Komari hurka
View from Komari hurka, Ceske stre…
View from Komari hurka, Ceske str…
view from Komari hurka to the Germ…
view from Komari hurka to the Ger…
endless hiking trails at Komari hu…
endless hiking trails at Komari h…
The hike begins ...
The hike begins ...
hiking down to Fojtovice
hiking down to Fojtovice
Fojtovice
Fojtovice
monument for the victims of a Deat…
monument for the victims of a Dea…
Trail to the Czech-German border
Trail to the Czech-German border
crossing the border
crossing the border
monument for a demolished (German)…
monument for a demolished (German…
Fürstenau/Germany
Fürstenau/Germany
hiking down to Geising
hiking down to Geising
Trail to Geising
Trail to Geising
Trail to Geising
Trail to Geising
Geising
Geising
Geising
Geising
Ice cream for me!
Ice cream for me!
train station Geising
train station Geising
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