Pípalka in Křemešník near Pelhřimov
Take a bird's eye view of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands and visit the Pípalka lookout tower on Křemešník Hill! It is located about 5 km from Nový Rychnov to the northwest and about 15 km from Pelhřimov to the southeast.
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Interesting facts Pípalka in Křemešník near Pelhřimov
This iron lookout tower is located at an altitude of 765 meters and its total height is 52 meters. The viewing platform is located at a height of 40 meters and leads to a total of 205 steps. From the viewpoint it is possible to see most of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, then the Jihlava Hills, Czech Canada, to the west you can see Táborsko and Svídník, to the northwest there is Mladovožicko with Strážiště. You will also see Posázaví, the Želivka reservoir, Melechov, Lipnice Castle and the ruins of Orlík Castle and more.
An asphalt road leads to the parking lot next to the tourist cottage, which can be reached directly from the road connecting Pelhřimov and Nový Rychnov. Before the village of Sázava, turn left.
The lookout tower is open on weekends and public holidays from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Pípalka tower has stood here since 1993. It has a completely multifunctional use, as it serves tourists, the army and telecommunications companies. You can also see a tower of a similar construction in Kozákov near Semily.
The first tower has stood here since the 1920s. It measured 25 meters, was built of wood and was used for measuring purposes. It began to serve as a lookout tower only in 1940, when it was transferred to the administration of the town of Pelhřimov. However, because it could not withstand the local weather, it was torn down after a few years. During the 1960s, tourists wanted to build a copy of the lookout tower on Svatý kopeček near Olomouc, but because there was an army in Křemešník at the time, the construction did not take place.
After 1989, Pavel Pípal, chairman of the Pelhřimov section of the Czech Tourists Club, was mainly in favor of building a new lookout tower. A new tower with a hexagonal floor plan began to be built on the site where the 30-meter-high steel military mast had already reached the end of its service life. The author of the project was Vladimír Žák and the contractor was Doces Pelhřimov and Ingmar Praha. Construction began in 1992 and in the autumn of 1993 it was commissioned. The grand opening to tourists took place on June 3, 1993.
At the top of Křemešník there is also a baroque church of the Holy Trinity and the chapel of St. Anny. Nearby you would also find the spring and mountain hotel Křemešník.
Author: Andrea Štyndlová