Theresa’s Valley – National Nature Monument

The whole valley is considered to be one of the highlights of the romantic-sentimental period in the landscape architecture. The complex serves not only as a wonderful place for trips, but also as an example of a unique landscape composition; therefore this valley with its trail is one of the most visited places in the Novohradské mountains.

Vodopád, Terčino údolí

One of the most beautiful Czech nature trails is located in Novohradské Mountains, one kilometre from Nové Hrady. The seven-kilometers long trail begins at the entrance gate at road from Nové Hrady to Horní Stropnice, or at the park-and-ride in the Údolí opposite the former brewery. The national nature reserve Theresa’s Valley has been a national nature monument since 1992 and it has 139.29 hectares. The first landscaping began in the 18th century at the instigation of the Buquoy family, who transformed the valley from the original peasantry into an English forest park and built relaxation buildings such as the Václav’s Spa, Swiss house, Hamr, artificial waterfall, pavilions, memorials with versed inscriptions, and other landscaping elements. It was visited and admired, for example, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Emperor Franz I. There is the late gothic fortress called Cuknštejn at the end of the valley, one of the best preserved manors of the 15th century in the historical Bohemian lands.

How to get there?

The main gate to the park where the educational nature trail begins is located about 700 meters from the nearest bus stop from České Budějovice. The bus connection is available both on weekdays and on weekends. The train station is approximately 6,5 km far from the starting point. If we take into account the long intervals between connections, we do not recommend travelling by train (also because of the fact that most of the way from the railway station is on a busy road).

Location:

Terčino údolí / Theresa’s Valley, Nové Hrady

GPS: 48.7822228N, 14.7590008E