VIRTUAL TOUR OF BEROUN

About the Town

About the Town
Let's start with a quick test - what comes to your mind, when you hear the word “Beroun”? For sure the bears, Pottery open markets... and what else? A welcome stop for paddlers, after the exhausting trip in the lazy stream of the Berounka river? A highway exit on Prague – Pilsen route?
That is all correct, but the picturesque royal town, located in the rolling landscape west of Prague, offers much more, that deserves to be discovered!
Beroun is worth visiting in any season of the year. You can visit the historical sights, museum and galleries, visit bears from the popular TV series, enjoy the hospitality of some of the cafés, sweet shops, restaurants or pubs, have fun in local aquapark....
After visiting the town, you can hike or ride a bike in any direction and within a couple of minutes you will find yourself in a beautiful landscape of deep forests, rocks and cliffs, where fossils can be found and meadows with stunning distant views.
Beroun has something to offer for everyone – omnipresent signs of the ancient history, rich culture and social life, charming surroundings and last but not least, due to its size, everything the town offers, is at your fingertips.

Historical Town Centre

About the Town
No matter from which direction you arrive to the town centre, you will have to pass the medieval fortifications anyway. These stone walls are one of the best preserved walls in the whole country.
Two Municipal Gates and several narrow lanes will lead you to the large Husovo Square, which is the heart of the historical town centre. 
The church bells measure the peaceful time of the small town. The shops offer various goods, the gardens of cafes and restaurants are packed with people in summer. The benches under the lime trees invite to a relaxing siesta.
When you look around yourself in the middle of the square, you will have most of the Beroun sights at your fingertips. So, what do we have here?
Two originally Gothic towers - gates in the town fortification system. An ornate town hall from the early 20th century.  A church, which made Beroun one of the stops on the famous pilgrimate route - the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela.
The Renaissance facades of the burgher´s houses, behind whose walls not only people live, but where also ghosts from the old stories dwell.
For sure this town with its hundreds years history hides some secret treasures. The square is guarded by three stone statues: Master Jan Hus, who gave his name to the whole area, a Slavic hero Záboj who commemorates the soldiers killed in WW I and a fountain with St. Jan Nepomucký.
The green hills landscape surrounds the town. Only a few towns offer such panoramic views of the countryside from the town centre.
The square is surrounded by neat narrow lanes, that are worth visiting, for example the small houses of Zámečnická street near the northern part of the town walls.

Behind the City Walls

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After taking pleasure in the historical town centre, take a stroll behind the town gates.
When walking in the East direction you can see a romantic beauty spot on an artificial arm of the Berounka river called Čertovka with several former mills. A journey to the South will lead you to the central train and bus station. You can continue to mythical town of Tetín or to the Koněprusy caves.
The setting sun will show you the way to the Bear Reserve and the observation tower located at the top of the Town Mountain. Do not miss the City Cinema and the beautifully restored Plzeňka House of Culture. The only remaining direction - the North will take you upstream the old river, which got its name after the Beroun town. This way you will get to Černý vršek, a garden suburb with the City Library and many architecturally interesting villas. Those of you who would like to keep walking can continue through Brdatka Valley to Talich’s villa, to the miracle spring of water near The Chapel of the Virgin Marry of Sorrows or even further to the Děd observation tower. No wonder, that after the long walk you don’t feel like travelling back home. Beroun town offers wide range of accommodation - from 4* hotels, family run guesthouses to a campsite. https://www.mesto-beroun.cz/

The Bear Reserve

Beroun For Children Sights and Attractions Nature Attractions
A bear is one of the symbols of the town and since 2000 the bear reserve has been inhabited by three bears from a popular TV series. The bears brothers called Vojta, Kuba and Matěj were born on 13 January 2000 in Český Krumlov to Kateřina and Vok. Their mother refused to nurse them. They were adopted by a bear leader and then by film director Václav Chaloupek, who made a popular TV series called Méďové with them. In September 2000 they moved to a newly built reserve in Beroun. Every year, a birthday party is held at the bear reserve on 13 January with the film director Václav Chaloupek as a regular guest. 
In 2015, during the 750 aniversary of Beroun foundation, the bears got their own ID licences for their 15th birthday. Today, only two bears can be seen in the reserve - Kuba and Matěj. The smallest bear Vojta died on 13 April 2016 of a heart attack. His dad Vok, died in the same year, aged 31.
The bears seem to look alike. Matěj can be recognised by a white stripe on his back.
You can contribute towards the costs of keeping the bears in the money box placed by the reserve or to a special account 51-4852560217/0100.
The bear reserve is freely accessible all-year-round. There is a stall sellings snacks and drinks and a childrens playground.
You can visit a nearby observation tower with a stunning view of Beroun. https://www.mesto-beroun.cz/pro-turisty/tipy-na-volny-cas/ Coordinates: 49.9632169, 14.0660711

The Museum of Beroun Pottery

Beroun Sights and Attractions Museums & Galleries
The museum is located in the Reinovský House. It represents a preserved type of housing for poor city inhabitants, who gradually developed the field by the city walls from the 16th century. The house was built around 1720. It gained its present appearance after the adaptations carried out after 1810.

Opened in 2015, this multifunctional museum complex offers permanent exhibitions dedicated to the unique Renaissance pottery from Beroun and the history of the local crafts. It is also used for other exhibitions and fairs, lectures, and chamber concerts. The museum has its own pottery workshop with a pottery wheel and kiln where visitors, including children, can try their hand at working with a clay in year-round courses or one-day workshop events led by experienced pottery artists.
The workshop preserves the tradition of Beroun pottery craftsmship by using the long forgotten old technics typical for the 16th and 17th centuries. The production of the significant unique pottery has returned to its place of origin - the historic centre of Beroun. http://www.muzeumberounskekeramiky.cz/ Address: Zámečnická 14, Beroun