Town, surroundings

Hořice v Podkrkonoší

(9200 inhabitans)
The town of Hořice lies 100 km to the north east of Prague, 25 km to the north of Hradec Králové, in a hilly and woody landscape. Hořice with its clean and beautiful enviroment enriched by numerous sights offers uncountable variety of leisure activities, such as walking, cycling and sightseeing. „The town of stone beauty“ has been well known by its sandstone whose exploitation has a big tradition here, which demonstrates a number of sculptures placed in the town. At the hill Gothard a visitor will find a natural sculpture museum, where modern sculptors present their work. Other tradition is a popular international motor race „300 curves of Gustav Havel“.



  • Zoological garden with Safari in Dvůr Králové nad Labem – 18 km, the biggest ZOO in Czech republic
  • Jičín – 25 km, gateway to the marvellous area of Bohemia known as Bohemian Paradise (Český ráj), the oldest protected landscape area in our country (plenty of sandstone, rocks, castles, chateaus)
  • the Giant Mountains (Krkonoše) – 45 km,the highest top Sněžka 1602 m
  • Kuks Castle – 20 km, built in 1724, an allegorical sculpture gallery produced at the workshop of Matyáš B. Braun
  • the Josefov conservation area – 20 km, Josefov was built as a garrison town in the reign of Josef II. in 1780-1787
  • Adršpach sandstone rocks – 60 km
  • Kost castle – massive Gothic castle built in 14th century
  • Pecka castle – castle from 14th century
  • Hrubá Skála chateau – on sandstone cliff nearby Trutnov
  • Trosky Castle, Valdštejn castle
  • Hrádek u Nechanic chateau, Ratibořice chateau