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Jindřichovice Surroundings education path through the heights of ideals to the valleys of the soul

The circular path starts in Jindřichovice in front of the Museum, showing the life of the local rural population before the industrial revolution.

From there you will head west along the stream to the windmill and then north to Kamenný vrch hill. From there the path will slowly return around the wind power plants and the ruins of the Church of St Jacob back to the starting point at Jindřichovice pod Smrkem. You can adapt the length of the path as you want and feel. You will see a Living Open Air Village Museum, wind power plants, the biggest ant hill in the Liberec region, the meanders of the Jindřichovický stream, pass through a gate to another time, admire the Art Nouveau villas of "Little Vienna", refresh yourself in the pond, let the walls of the Romanesque church or the old beech talk to you about the past that they witnessed, remember the fame of the local railway station, water mill and other places – in short, you will climb the heights of ideals and descend to the valleys of your soul!

Jindřichovice pod Smrkem

A municipality within the territory of the Frýdlant promontory within this original Celtic land, founded by the Bibrstein family with the first mention dating from 968. The original Jindřichovice was burned down by the Hussites in 1431. The origins of the municipality are only reminded by the original torso of the Romanesque-Gothic Church of St Jacob, considered a jewel of historic architecture. The present-day Jindřichovice was rebuilt a little further to the north. The greatest climax is represented by the early 20th century, when the place was named. The village landmarks include, in addition to the church ruins, the Museum of Rural Life before the Industrial Revolution, with numerous exhibits ranging from big agricultural machines to dishes and tools for everyday use, and the Church of the Holy Trinity.  Jindřichovice is also the last stop on the railway line from Frýdlant, which reached Poland in the early 20th century. 

Windmill

The windmill from the 1930s, part of the living open-air village museum, is still functioning and represents the only windmill open to the public in Bohemia.  And thus this typical cylindrical building, with its clay plaster, turbine and shingled roof, is not only a museum for visitors but also a grain milling plant. The windmill also houses an exhibition surveying all windmills in the Czech Republic. The windmill is accessible from March to October. 

Kamenný vrch

This hill, with a height of 443 m above sea level, is situated in the Frýdlantská pahorkatina highlands. Due to the occurrence of a unique set of 150 to 200 ant hills, the territory is a protected natural monument (with identification of the numbers of ant hills on individual trees). 

Wind power plants

Two wind power plants were built as part of the effort to achieve full energy self-sufficiency.  The plants generate energy from the renewable source of wind. The log cabin at the foot of the windmills houses an environmental information centre for Jindřichovice pod Smrkem, offering information about renewable energy in general and the Jindřichovice wind mills in particular. The professional guide will let you experience their "noise" and interference with the nature of the landscape, inform you about basic facts on solar panels, the use of hydrogen as a source of energy, about biomass as a fuel for heating, and about the exterior and interior of the Norwegian log cabin with its grassy roof.

Church of St Jacob ruins

The church ruins date from the mid-13th century. The church was destroyed by the Hussite army returning from the Baltic Sea under commander Jan Čapek of Sány. The preserved remains include part of the presbytery, relics of the nave and two side altars.  The church was built in the late Romanesque style. It is the last reminder of the original village of Jindřichovice, burnt down by the Hussites together with the church in1431. The bells of the church were later used for the construction of a new chapel, and the remaining material found in the ruins was used for local road construction. As legend has it, the ruins hide a church treasure, buried in the ground to hide it from the Hussites. There is another legend connected with this, which tells of the spirit of a hermit who used to live here, who was killed by treasure hunters and now appears in the church ruins on moonlit nights. He apparently often sits on a stone fallen from the church wall.

 


Jindrichovice pod Smrkem

Jindřichovice pod Smrkem

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