Turnov (Czech pronunciation: [ˈturnof]; German: Turnau) is a town on the Jizera river in the northern Czech Republic. It has about 14,500 inhabitants and lies in the southern part of Liberec Region. It is a traditional center for gemstone polishing, glass craftsmanship and arts. Turnov lies in the heart of the Bohemian Paradise (Český ráj) nature reserve which makes it a place for tourists and summer residents. The town is also an important traffic crossroads of three railways and the Prague–Liberec highway. Turnov has a large museum (finalist in European museums competition), three galleries, six churches and a synagogue. The small old town of Middle Ages urbanism is surrounded by modern garden neighbourhoods and large parks representing an organic connection between urban areas and nature. The region is well known for many castles, châteaux and excellent rural architecture.
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4.5 based on 121 reviews
Looks like multi-levels adventure park - from stone "forest" with narrow ways between "stone trees" in the bottom to cliffs with flat areas and breath-taking views where is such a pleasure to contemplate and ponder. Parking personnel if friendly and English-speaking (which is not very common).
5 based on 44 reviews
I travelled from Prague to Sobotka to meet friends for a couple of days and they took me here in the midst of the area known as Bohemian Paradise its absolutely amazing it's also called the city of rocks and there are many trails to follow I think we took quite a difficult one but the views were worth the climb
4.5 based on 36 reviews
From outside, this castle might not so much impress, compared to other Czech Castles in the region. The interiors, however, present a stunning experience that will last in your memory for long.
Be also sure to pop in to the small cafeteria near the souvenirs shop. I rarely point out such minor issues but it must be stressed: they serve excellent home-made cakes at really acceptable prices. A must-taste thing!
4 based on 53 reviews
This Hrad claims to be the most romantic in Cesky Raj. But honestly I was extremely underwhelmed. Not much to admire and learn about on the interior. And the exterior views were poor compared to other sights in the area. I don't mind a hike, but when you get to the top and you find there are dozens of folks who drove to the top on another road and didn't pay to park, it's a bit disconcerting. I'll be back to Cesky Raj soon enough with friends. This Hrad will not be on the must see list.
5 based on 6 reviews
The Museum of Bohemian Paradise was founded in 1886 as a regional museum; however, since the 1930s, it has specialised in precious stones and their processing (stone-cutting),which is a typical craft throughout the region. Here you can find a geology and mineralogy exhibition that will take you to the colourful world of minerals; examples of cut and engraved stones will show you the technology of stone processing and you will also be able to see historical jewels, followed by those that were created at international jewellers´ symposia. The underground Treasury features an historic collection of jewels, collected over time by the Turnov School of Applied Arts.
the museum provides an excellent visual portrait of both the zoology, botany,geology,archaeology and history of the whole area that could be better understood for non-czech speakers if you come there well-equipped with english or german natural history of the area
5 based on 5 reviews
Traditionally in Czech there is snow and ice around the Christmas season, to my disappointment during my recent trip the temperatures were in the + degrees and I was almost tempted to be in shorts a t-shirts. To mitigate these circumstances the good town of Turnov have built fantastic indoors sports ice rink, so after a little encouragement, off I went to the freezing hall for a dose of winter sports (I should mention this is an all year round rink). For 30CK, little more than a pint of beer, you can skate for 2 hours. The ice was amazing, the facilities spotless with a good little bar/restaurant! After 3 visits during my week there, ZERO broken bones, and 6 hours on the ice I can honestly say it was well worth the equivalent of £3! Will certainly be going back there soon. Family friendly, can hire skates, there are lockers. There has been some ingenuity in creating stands for youngsters to learn on as well. Public skate sessions are busy at the moment, but it still comfortable.
4 based on 8 reviews
the place is special and worth its preservation efforts
unfortunately for non-czech or non-russian speakers, the lady in charge speaks only czech and russian and has only one page of explanation in english that was not enough to answer the many questions that this owe-inspiring place certainly raises
3.5 based on 19 reviews
Šťastná země - "Happyland". We took a group of 11 kids age 1-12 there to enjoy the day. It is very nice area with wooden Playgrounds, trampolines, crafting, geopark, animals etc. Some of the equipment could use some care but overall it was very nice. The program was for smaller kids so "castle battle" was very boring for our older kids but "snow ball fight" was fun for all. The kids enjoyed the freedom the most, running around the grounds, playing at the huge wooden castle without parents behind their back pretending to be knights. :)) You can rent a blanket for 40Kc (1,5€) and have a picnic there or bring your own. The whole area is fenced and not that big so you don't need to worry about your children. There are stands with food so you can have lunch there, they have tapped non-alcoholic and also classic beer, lemonades, coffee etc. Parking is free right by the entrance. Close by (4km) is gorgeous Hruba Skala Castle which you can also see from the grounds of Happyland.
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