Lookout points and lookout towers

Do you feel intrigued? Do you prefer traditional observation towers or lookout points? Choose what suits you best.

Climb all the way to the top! Work up some sweat and let the wind blow through your hair as you gaze far behind the horizon where the sky and the ground meet. The local hills are crowned with lookout towers made from wood, stone and metal.

Who does not recognize the famous slender silhouette of the structure that was voted the best Czech structure of the 20th century. What are you waiting for? Head to Ješťěd! This unusual silver hyperboloid and its cone have been sitting on the top of a hill of the same name since 1973. It houses both a hotel and a TV tower. And it has been an object of admiration both in the Czech Republic and abroad. Rightfully so.

The romantic Liberecká výšina is a materialized illusion of a medieval castle which contains everything that a knight´s seat should have. Jára Cimrman’s Lighthouse pays homage to unlimited horizons of the fictitious Czech genius and is a great example of natural architecture. The lowest lookout tower in the Czech Republic is also dedicated to Cimrman, who used to be afraid of heights.

The granite Černá studnice lookout tower is among the most popular tourist destinations. It even survived Soviet bombardment. The lookout tower in Heřmanice is an oddly shaped tube with a dome, known as the Cucumber (Okurka). The metal Kozákov lookout tower rises on top of Kozákov Hill, the highest peak in Bohemian Paradise.

The Královka stone tower offers one of the most beautiful views of the Jizerské hory Mountains. Smrk is made of steel and both the tower and the shelter are open all year round. Štěpánka, a narrow octagonal tower built in the Neo-Gothic style, is nicknamed the Queen of the Jizerské hory Mountains.

The Panorama lookout tower used to be a chairlift pole. Žalý is the only lookout tower in the Krkonoše Mountains made of stone. A great view can also be had from the Raisovy chaty Chalets. The wooden Císařský kamen tower is accessible only at one’s own risk. The newest lookout tower in the region is U borovice. On top of Vrátenská hora Hills, you can find a telecommunications tower with a view point. The Na Stráži lookout tower has a steel body covered in spruce wood.

The rocky region also offers views from its many hills that often bear very romantic names, such as Krásná Máří (Beautiful Mary, u Lvíčka (The Small Lion) and Čapí palice (Stork Head).