Ones we chose the town of Světlá nad Sázavou. It is a town in the district of Havlíčkův Brod that is part of the region of Jihlava. Tho town lies on the confluence of the Sázava and Sázavka rivers. There live about 6 thousand of inhabitants in this town. They work also in the industry – the town of Světlá nad Sázavou is known as the town of glass and stone.
After getting there we visited the town information centre and a café. We had a nice view on the town with the information materials in our hands. We were planning our first afternoon in the town. We were quite tired after the drive (we are not young any more) so the first day we visited just the St. Wenceslas Church located on the town square. We got to know that there used to be a synagogue near the St. Wenceslas Church. In 2006 it had to be destroyed because of the building instability. We were sorry we could not see the synagogue any more. So we at least visited the Jewish Cemetery where the oldest tombstone comes from the year 1760! During the World War II the Nazis destroyed large part of the cemetery but the town inhabitants were able to renew it and also to bring there some tombstones from other destroyed Jewish cemeteries.
The following day of our trip we visited the Světlá nad Sázavou Chateau and also the Museum of the Světlá Region. It is located in the chateau area. We liked the chateau a lot, mainly its interiors – we could see not only historic European glass but also the collection of historical clocks and weapons, paintings and sculptures. We did not have children with us but the families with children visited also the exposition of dolls and a trail full of fairytales.
Of course, we could not miss the town underground. No-one knows how old it is because no historical sources mention it. The latest tunnel processes were made in the 15th century. The underground is not large, just about 200 metres. But we liked it (I had to bow my head quite often, but I am quite tall).
On our way back home we visited the natural reservation on the Sázava River called Stvořidla that is about 6 kilometres from the town. It is the paradise of the paddlers – because of the large stones and rapids in the river.
And we also stopped in the town of Ledeč nad Sázavou and visited its large and beautiful castle.
Where to find Světlá nad Sázavou