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Konstantinovy Lázně

The Hradišťský vrch hill

The hill Hradišťský vrch (632.2 m) was named after preserved remnants of one of the largest fortified settlements (in Czech “hradiště”) of the late Bronze Age. The lava effusion, which forms the hill, resisted during the removal of softer surrounding rocks and now it represents a table mountain, rising above the neighborhood by 100 meters. The flat top plateau afforded ideal conditions to build a hill fort in 9th century before Christ. Later it was a seat of the Teutonic tribe Marcomanni, which were pressed up by Slavs during the migration period. Later the top has not more been settled. Hence, it belongs to the best preserved hill forts of the Bronze Age. The settlement occupies an area of 50 ha, and the enclosure walls of the strong fortification measure more than 3.7 kilometers. Walls are not the only reminder. Also relics of gates have been preserved. The northwestern part of hill fort was destroyed by mining of basalt, which proceeded in the quarry in years 1906–1997. In 1995 the significant archaeological locality was declared to National cultural monument. On the hill slope was in the year 1990 declared nature reserve Hradišťský vrch. It lies in altitude from 580 to 630 m. In the territory with extent 12.79 ha is protected a linden-tree forest and an oak-hornbeam forest, and a thermophilic oak wood. In the rich understorey occur Pyrethrum corymbosum (scentless feverfew), Lathyrus sylvestris (narrow-leaved everlasting-pea), the broom Genista germanica, Cotoneaster integerrimus (common cotoneaster), on the southern slope Polygonatum odoratum (angular Solomon's-seal), Platanthera bifolia (lesser butterfly-orchid) or Antennaria dioica (mountain everlasting). The hill is also home of owls, like e.g. the long-eared owl, tawny owl or Eurasian eagle-owl. The instruction trail Hradišťský vrch forms a 5 km long ring. It begins next to fire pond on southern rim of Konstantinovy Lázně. The path has been marked in yr. 1998. There are 6 stops in the route, which describe prehistoric settlement since the Hallstatt period of the late Bronze Age, the occurrence of rare and remarkable plants and animals, and near the fifth stop beautiful outlooks into the surroundings.

Abandoned quarry

Look over quarry on Krasíkov castle

Look on Hadovka Park

GPS position

N 49° 52.291', E 12° 59.172'