Other bits and pieces from our trip to Rabštejn nad Střelou

In my previous post I shared a few photos from our trip to Rabštejn nad Střelou (Rabštejn is a town and Střela is the river above which the town is situated) and today I will add some more. Also, I promised to tell you more about this town which is the smallest town in the Czech Republic with its about 21 inhabitants.


The first notice of Rabštejn comes from 1269, in 1337 it was granted a law of a town.


About 20 years later Rabštejn was sold to the emperor Charles IV. who was interested in it. He understood its local importance and was even often staying there.


The town had many owners then and was gradually developing. To an old castle which was rebuilt a chateau was added, also a church and cloister.


Unfortunately, since the 19th century the importance of the town had been declining and WWII meant that first Czech and then German residents had to leave it.


Eventually there were too few residents to keep the town independent, since 1980 Rabštejn has been a part of the near town Manětín. Thanks to its picturesqueness and nice natural scenery it is still a destination of many outings. A nature trail, which is about 5 kilometres long, was marked around Rabštejn to guide those who come to enjoy the place. You can choose to follow only a shorter part of the trail which we did and yet we spent there almost three hours. I hope we will return some time to follow the rest of it.


You may wonder where the picturesque town is in my photos as you can’t see much of it in either of the two posts. Many of its buildings are or need to be renovated, others are too close to be captured properly. On the other hand I saw many details that caught my attention. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.



  1. I feel as if I'm getting acquainted with your country through your photos, Petra. I like the picture of the flower baskets on the fence or railing. That one is so rich in color. The grassy path looks so inviting. And I love the last photo, with the fence decorated by a colorful hand puppet. It has a special charm.

    I like your new layout. I know it's time consuming to make changes to the blog layout, but it's rewarding, too.

    1. Linda, thank you. Some time ago I realised that this blog of mine not only serves as a practising tool for my learning English but it also shows my home country in my personal way which may be interesting for someone. I’m glad about that.

      I loved the hand puppet put on the fence, as you say, it has a special charm…

      This is my first layout with a white background and dark grey letters ever so it’s quite a big change. The problem is that the pre-set templates have details I like as well as details I don’t like and you need to tweak the HTML version here and there to get exactly what you want. I’m happy that I managed to figure out all the details to my satisfaction.

  2. A very small town indeed, but attached to great history. Sometimes its the small villages and towns that have the best stories to tell. Looking forward to you visiting again and indulging us. Love that last cute photo, the path through the woods and that door is very interesting.lol

    1. Lilly, thank you. Who would have guessed that Charles IV himself favoured such a town? There is always something interesting to get to know and you’re right, small towns often offer at least as interesting history as the large ones.

    1. J, thank you. It would be a village here as well but the town title it was granted has been kept regardless of the number of inhabitants.

      I like the last shot too and quite regret I didn’t choose it for the photo blog in the relevant week (12th). This capture has been accepted much better that the photo I selected. But that’s how choices are made, right? Lesson learnt… 🙂

  3. I think the concept you have created on the other blog is good for discussion and is like a breath of fresh air as commenters are often frightened to say anything other than "Nice Photos" :-).
    Everyone using a camera for either standard, creative or cropped composition shots is an artist in their own right. Different viewpoints are taken when people shake up thinking but there's no right answer as everyones photographic eyes are different. Some share like minded images, others see where they are heading for, others push the boundaries while others don't understand.

    1. J, it is very true what you say. A photograph that is terrible for someone may be terrific for someone else, some captures are admired by masses while others just by their authors. I admit that sometimes it’s not easy to read the critical comments on my photos but I try and take them as helpful. Some of the expressed objections seem very subjective while others may indicate what’s wrong and could be better. I appreciate the sincerity and possible discussion.

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