Grasel trail | Český Rudolec
Map and description of the trail

Trail lenght: 9 km
Obecní úřad Český Rudolec
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The Plundered Castle Treasury « … Once upon a time in Český Rudolec, a slim well-dressed young man entered the local brewery (it was J. G. Grasel in disguise) and ordered a beer. He started chatting with the locals and asked them what’s new around here, then he suddenly said: “Did you know that the dangerous robber Grasel is here in the locality? I heard that he’s going to rob the castle treasury!” “If it’s true,” replied the brewer, “we should wait for him in the woods and trap him.” The legend goes on to tell how Count Razumovsky summoned his servants and armed them to wait in the woods for Grasel. Meanwhile the robber, disguised as a gentlemen, elicited the key from the steward and plundered the castle treasury. ... »

In Český Rudolec, the Grasel Trail starts from the church of St.John the Baptist. It leads down the Jindřichův Hradec road and along the dam of the Rudolec pond. Past the pond it turns left and continues along the road to Radíkov. After about 1 km, at the edge of the forest, the trail turns right onto a forest path to Horní Radíkov. The trail passes through a picturesque village, past the last house on the plateau near the woods. In the forest, right next to the road, there is a place called Kutiště. Here and elsewhere in the countryside are traces of silver mining. Via the trail we reach the Hornoradíkovský creek. On the right we can see a granite rock formation, the Philip‘s Stones, under which the stream disappears. Along the path we climb the hill Skalka (aka Kofrštán, hence Kupferstein – in German copper stone). From the top of Skalka, the trail descends to Radíkov and on to the pond Horní Hamr. Below Radíkov the trail connects to the red marked tourist route, along which the hiking circuit ends up back in Český Rudolec.

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