By train to the Nativity Scenes to Kryštofovo Údolí (Christopher Valley)

Muzeum betlémů, author: Milan Drahoňovský

Lusetian Mountains

Liberec

Web: www.orloj-betlemy-chaloupka.cz

 
The romantic village of Kryštofovo Údolí is famous not only for its stylish folk architecture, but also for its many attractions, such as the Museum of Nativity Scenes, the Peeing Mongrel sculpture, the astronomical clock, the House of Crafts, etc.
Length of walk::
2 km, https://mapy.cz/s/jagonazopo

Which way to go:
Liberec, railway station - by train to the stop "Novina" - viaduct - Kryštofovo Údolí

What to see:
We recommend this trip mainly to those tourists who wish to escape the hustle and bustle and instead enjoy a bit of peace and nostalgia of times long past. We have to admit upfront that the title was a little bit deceiving. You are not going by train “just” to Kryštofovo Údolí, but one station further – to Novina. However, the short detour is really worth it, because just outside Novina railway station you will find a local attraction, an awesome 30-metre viaduct, a photo of which you definitely must take. From the viaduct, you head along an easy road which gradually descends to Kryštofovo Údolí, to which you get after an approximately two-kilometre journey. Once you get there, you will not know where to go first.

Peeing Mongrel
Yes, it is weird, but a urinating doggie will probably be your first experience there. The idea of a quirky fountain of a mongrel peeing on a bollard comes from the local patriot Martin Chaloupka, who was somehow inspired by Brussels.

Astronomical Clock
After Prague and Olomouc, Kryštofovo Údolí is the third place in the country where an astronomical clock was built. The local chronometer can be found in the tower of a former transformer station opposite a museum. The creator of the 22 figurines, 18 of which move, is the famous artist and woodcarver Václav Plechatý. Every hour you can watch his work in action.

Museum of Nativity Scenes and Dolls
Not far from the mongrel, you can find the U Kryštofa Pub, and on the first floor the local renowned museum with more than twenty nativity scenes – from miniatures to huge ones. The oldest nativity scene dates back to 1846, one of the most interesting exhibits include an oriental style nativity scene and a part of a Tyrolean nativity scene by Franz Pohl. And those dolls…, beauties that have to be seen. While wandering through Kryštofovo Údolí, you definitely should not miss the local U Ježka Café in the style of our First Republic, and the no less charming House of Crafts.

To return to Liberec, you can either take a train from Kryštofovo Údolí station (located on the hill above the church) or catch public bus no.16, which stops opposite the council office.

Images gallery

Kryštofovo Údolí, author: OÚ Kryštofovo Údolí

Kryštofovo Údolí

 
Viadukt, author: OÚ Kryštofovo Údolí

Viadukt

 
Viadukt, author: OÚ Kryštofovo Údolí

Viadukt

 
Čůrající voříšek, author: OÚ Kryštofovo Údolí

Čůrající voříšek

 
Muzeum betlémů, author: Milan Drahoňovský

Muzeum betlémů

 
Muzeum betlémů, author: Milan Drahoňovský

Muzeum betlémů

 
Muzeum betlémů, author: Milan Drahoňovský

Muzeum betlémů

 
Muzeum betlémů, author: Milan Drahoňovský

Muzeum betlémů

 
Muzeum betlémů, author: Milan Drahoňovský

Muzeum betlémů

 
Orloj, author: Milan Drahoňovský

Orloj

 
Dům řemesel, author: OÚ Kryštofovo Údolí

Dům řemesel

 
Jírův venkovní betlém, author: Muzeum hraček a betlémů

Jírův venkovní betlém

 
Jírův venkovní betlém, author: Muzeum hraček a betlémů

Jírův venkovní betlém

 
 
 
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