The Town and Vicinity
The Town of Nové Město nad Metují
The average altitude of the town is 332 metres above sea level.
The town was founded by Jan Černčický of Kácov in 1501. It is situated on a rocky promontory flown around by the Metuje River.
The historical centre of the town that includes Hus Square (Husovo náměstí), the Holiest Trinity Church and the Castle has been declared an urban conservation area. In the period from 2009 to 2011, the square was completely restored. During restoration, a well from the 16th century was uncovered. The well has now become a new distinctive feature of the square.
Other distinctive historic and cultural monuments in the town include the sculptural group of the Holy Trinity in the Rococo style dating back to 1767, a monument to Czech composer Bedřich Smetana built in 1954, well-preserved fortifications around the whole historical centre of the town, the Brethren of Charity Monastery with the Loretto Chapel and the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, Jan Hus Congregation Church Building (built according to architect J. Freiwald′s design and awarded in 1934 as the best sacral building of the year), St. Barbara′s Chapel at Rezek, a summer villa built by architect Jurkovič at Rezek in 1901, the Výrov castle ruins with a beautiful view of the town and originally the early Gothic Church of the Holy Spirit from the 13th century located in the municipal district of Krčín.
In the close vicinity of the town, you can explore the natural monument of the Peklo ("Hell") Valley which has been listed in the "Natura 2000" System. The natural monument includes romantic valleys of the Metuje and Olešenka Rivers between Náchod and Nové Město nad Metují. You can also visit the tourist restaurant of Peklo (converted from an ancient mill into the today′s appearance by architect Jurkovič) or the timbered St. John the Baptist′s Church in the village of Slavoňov built in 1553.
The town′s official website:
The video below (made by Honza König) shows how picturesque winter can be in Nové Město and vicinity.
Here are further sites of interest located not far from Nové Město nad Metují:
- The Rozkoš Reservoir
- Grandmother′s Valley and the Manor House in Ratibořice
- The system of border fortresses in Dobrošov from 1938
- Monuments from the Austro-Prussian War in 1866
- Náchod Castle
The nearest towns (within the distance of 20 km) are:
- Česká Skalice
- The nearest mountains are The "Orlické Hory" Mountains
Those who decide to visit Nové Město nad Metují or to spend a couple of days there can find affordable accommodation, exhibitions in the Municipal Museum and comfortable and cosy little pubs offering good food and drink. They can also enjoy the Castle Cultural Summer Festival with further exhibitions and concerts or movies in the local cinema (Kino 70). Other activities offered by Nové Město nad Metují are water sports, cycling and hiking.
Nové Město nad Metují and its vicinity are located in the tourist region named "Kladsko Borderland" ("Kladské pomezí").