The Houses of Nature
The Blanik House of Nature
Not far from Krasovice, at the foot of the legendary Velky Blanik mountain, you can find the Blanik House of Nature. It presents visitors with the nature of the Blanik Protected Landscape Area and the national geopark entitled The Region of the Knights of Blanik, together with Blanik’s famous legend of the armies which are asleep inside the mountain. This house of nature was built in 2015 with financial support from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Environment Operational Programme. It is operated by the branch of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation in Vlasim.
Visitors will find an exhibition on the natural, geological, cultural and historical points of interest of the Podblanicko region. They can learn about some natural habitat types in the area, and the plants and animals they are home to. The House presents an interesting look at the legend of the Knights of Blanik, one of whom will be the guide and symbol of the Blanik House of Nature. The house of nature offers children’s games as well as detailed information on the region.
The Cesky les House of Nature
Welcome to the Cesky les Protected Landscape Area, in a border forest whose rich history has given rise to a peculiar landscape. This mostly forested area with extensive original beech woods is accompanied by a rich variety of pastures, meadows, peat bogs, brooks, unsown fields and the dilapidated relics of former settlements, making for a peculiar atmosphere. Come to see places where nature, quietness and silence have taken over again.
The Cesky les House of Nature is located in Stara posta on the square in Klenci pod Cerchovem.
The Czech Paradise House of Nature
The Cesky raj (Czech Paradise) House of Nature is located in a former school building in Dolanky 9, near Turnov. It features a unique exhibition intended to present phenomena related to the oldest protected landscape area in the Czech Republic through sensory perception and also to instil respect for the nature of this unique area.
The ground floor also offers refreshments and souvenirs, produced locally or by the House itself.
The Litovelske Pomoravi House of Nature
The Litovelske Pomoravi House of Nature offers a unique outdoor gallery and an open-air playground in Horka nad Moravou. The premises serve as the natural gateway to the Litovelske Pomoravi Protected Landscape Area. The building and installations are designed to enable visitors to enjoy a sensory perception of nature and they help to cultivate people’s relationship with the nature of the Litovelske Pomoravi region. The premises feature buildings designed by the artists Frantisek Skala, Milos Sejn, Miloslav Fekar and Marcel Hubacek.
The Moravian Karst House of Nature
Welcome to the Moravian Karst Protected Landscape Area, a remarkable world of white Devonian limestone, which has been eroded over millions of years by rain and water from rivers and brooks to form an aquatic underworld region. Welcome to this area of thousands of caves with huge domes with rich dripstone decoration, mysterious brooks which disappear underground, shaded karst canyons and sunlit plains dominated by Macocha, the queen of abysses. Welcome to the land whose soil is full of ancient bones and shards as evidence of the life of ancient animals and people, where until recently iron was smelted and the sound of hammering rang through the valleys.
The Poodri House of Nature
The landscape of the Poodri (‘River Odra’) region was formed by two powerful elements, water and man. Over the course of centuries man learned to manage the alluvial plain and learned to respect the water. The result of this co-existence is a harmonious river landscape, characterised by large meadows, lakes and scattered greenery where rare as well as quite ordinary plant and animal species find their home.
The Slavkovsky les House of Nature
The visitors’ centre of the Slavkovsky les House of Nature in Kladska presents the natural and cultural points of interest and values of the Slavkovsky les Protected Landscape Area. This is a joint project implemented by Lesy CR (State Forest Enterprise) and the Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic.
The Trebonsko House of Nature
The visitors’ centre of the Trebonsko protected landscape area and biospheric reserve offers information about the nature, educational trails and tourist points of interest of the Trebonsko region.
The permanent exhibition entitled “Landscape and People” offers an unusual view of the history of the nature and landscape of the Trebonsko region and you can try adventures for children and adults.
The Broumovsko House of Nature
The Broumovsko House of Nature is being built in the Broumovsko Protected Landscape Area in Dolni Adrspach and will be a public space that brings together ideas and facts related in time and space to the local nature and landscape, the area of sandstone rock cities and canyons, forests and open landscape with its little towns and villages and their unique Baroque and folk architecture.
The Czech Karst House of Nature
This visitors’ centre in the Cesky kras Protected Landscape Area is to be built near Konepruske Caves, in a geologically remarkable area of the ‘Kotyz and Zlaty kun’ national natural monument above the Certovy schody quarry.
The Luzicke hory House of Nature
The Luzicke Mountains House of Nature is being built in the Luzicke Mountains Protected Landscape Area, in Horni Svetla, and will become a public space introducing visitors to this landscape of conical hills with rocky peaks, seas of rocks and beech woods and the traditional folk architecture of timbered houses. The House of Nature will be connected to a new educational trail to Luz, the highest peak of the Luzicke Mountains and Zitavske Mountains.
The Zdarske vrchy House of Nature
The Zdarske vrchy House of Nature is still under construction. However, Zdarske vrchy and the PLA always offer a picturesque landscape with many tourist trails, educational trails and points of interest.
Zdarske vrchy and the Protected Landscape Area can be seen as one of the last untouched regions of quiet and clean nature in the heart of the Czech Republic. It is the source area for several Czech and Moravian rivers and a fishpond region, and has been declared a protected area for the accumulation of natural waters.