Getting high in Pardubice

 

 

 

 

 

No not that kind of high! the altitude kind, specifically scaling the relatively lofty heights of the Green Tower overlooking Pernštejn square. Now that Summer is starting to make an appearance, many of the cultural sights that had been closed for the Winter are starting to open up, including the Green Tower, Kunětice Castle and in a few days, the Arnost river boat. (We’ll definitely be taking a trip on that)

On the day we finally got to scale the Green Tower, Winter was still clinging on for dear life, not allowing the sun to appear or the snow to melt. It was a cold breezy day and the snow was falling heavily but gently. At the top of the tower, the wind effect created by it’s sheer walls forced the falling snowflakes to return back up, into the sky. It was surreal to witness snow rising up from below and seemingly returning to the clouds above.

For a small fee you get entrance to the tower, which includes a few interesting models which illustrate the history of Pardubice as you climb. When you reach the top, there is a full panoramic view from all sides of the tower. You can look east out over the beautiful old square, or walk around to the western side and gaze down třída Míru, which roughly translates as Peace Street. Looking to the North you can first see St. Bartholomew’s Church with the lovely chateau behind it. On the horizon the imposing Kunětice Castle juts out above the otherwise flat landscape. To the South offices and apartments of Pardubice fade into the distance and when the mist cleared, distant hills became visible on the horizon.

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“No we don’t want to buy anything or sign up to adopt a goat, go away!”
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Janny Ramone, the lesser known brother of the famous punk rockers
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“I won’t say it again, be off with you door to door cow salesman!!”
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The heroic story of how Pardubice attained its half a horse crest
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“Could I interest you in buy a raffle tic…..jaysus where’s the rest of your horse?”
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The crest of Pardubice, an homage to a valiant knight who carried his stricken horse back to his king
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The mechanism controlling the clock on the tower
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This fella looks a bit surprised
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This one was definitely up to no good, pure mischief in his eyes
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The view of the beautiful Pernštejn square
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On the opposite side of the square, the modern heart of Pardubice
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Bartholomew’s Church and the chateau beyond
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The quaint old town streets curve away into the background
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A snowy wonderland
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A distant park appears out of the mist
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Trees compete with man’s creations for dominance of the skyline
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Kunětice Castle looms up out of the gloom
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Elements of Pardubice’s great past sit side by side with its more modern developments
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Braving the cold on the cobbled plaza below
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That looks a little bit roof
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On our return to ground level we were greeted by the sight of this delightful old bus
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We retired to the charming Cafe Bajer on třída Míru for a lovely cup of coffee and slice of cake
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Cafes are a great place to do a spot of people watching and street photography
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Mmmmmmmmm sugar

 

The Green Tower is well worth a visit and the views from the top are great, and you also get a nice little history lesson on the way up. A few Czech crowns well spent if you ask me.

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