The Orlické Mountains and Podorlicko Region, in addition to a wide range of notable noble residences, Jewish monuments or museums and galleries, offer mainly the impressive natural scenery of the mountains and their foothills, which are interwoven with a network of defense fortresses, which were built in the period of the first Czechoslovak Republic to defend it against danger from the fascist Germany. The most visited fortifications include Fort Hanička.
A wooded mountain range with picturesque valleys of the rivers, flowery meadows or peat bogs, with a number of rare plant and animal species together constitute the Protected Landscape Area Orlické Mountains. Its highest peak is Velká Deštná reaching 1 115 meters above sea level. In winter, the mountains are a popular place for winter sports enthusiasts, in the summer the Orlické Mountains allure visitors for walking and cycling tours in the stunning countryside with sensitive human interventions, which you can admire, for example, on the log buildings.
At lower altitudes, an exceptionally valuable natural territory is the floodplain of the Orlice River. The protected natural park is situated on the banks of the Divoká (Wild) and Tichá (Quiet) Orlice River and after their junction the river continues as Orlice almost up to Hradec Králové.
In the Orlice River valley, there are towns such as Rychnov nad Kněžnou with the Kolowrat Chateau and Jewish monuments, Častolovice with a late-Renaissance chateau which is surrounded by a chateau park with a game-preserve, and Týniště nad Orlicí where visitors can discover the romance of forest ponds.
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