Come to Bruntál if you’d like to see the oldest town in the Czech Republic and the first location to obtain town privileges. Bruntál is definitely a place worth visiting. It is the gateway to the Jeseníky Mountains and is filled with historic monuments.
It was no coincidence that the Premyslids granted town privileges to Bruntál at the beginning of the 13th
century. The settlement was located near the Moravian-Silesian border, and the metals in its vicinity, including gold and silver, were exploited. This contributed to the development of handicrafts and trade that brought prosperity to the town.
In the 14th
century, Bruntál was ruled by the Lords of Vrbno and their indecisiveness about whether to side with Czech King George of Poděbrady or Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus became ominous. The Hungarian king attacked and practically destroyed the town. Bruntál regained its strength in the 18th
century due to flax processing and became the centre of the textile industry in Northern Moravia. After WW II, industrial enterprises were built and the town became a popular tourist attraction.
, which is considered a jewel of Renaissance architecture in Silesia houses remarkable Rococo paintings and original furniture. It is one of the most visited sights. The castle park, decorated with statues, is a great place for a stroll. Moreover, the castle premises also include the remnants of the original fortification and bastion.
The square with burgess houses is definitely worth visiting. You also should not miss Uhlířský vrch. The Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary in the Old Town nearby Bruntál is constructed in the Gothic style, and it is believed that this is actually where Bruntál was located during the rule of the Premyslids.
If you get tired from sightseeing or hiking in the Jeseníky Mountains, you will surely appreciate the modern wellness centre in the middle of town or take a short drive to the new dam called Slezská Harta