Landscape of Baron Ringhoffer
The nature trail called Landscape of Baron Ringhoffer has been established in memory of the prominent industrialist who greatly influenced the landscape in the Velké Popovice and Kamenice regions in the 19th century. Baron František Ringhoffer, the owner of an engineering empire in Smíchov in Prague and an important figure in the elite circles at the time, established the brewery in Velké Popovice and a number of other manufacturing enterprises, including a copper mill, saw mill, brickworks and dairy. The Baron and his family took care of the local landscape with great dedication, planting avenues of trees, and maintaining the roads and land surrounding two of their residences – the Štiřín and Kamenice chateaus. Their care for the landscape is noticeable to this day.
The tourist trail Landscape of Baron Ringhoffer is one of the greatest walks in the surroundings of Prague. It offers magnificent views of the Velkopopovicko nature park and the surroundings of the Sázava river, an excursion to the Velké Popovice brewery, a stroll through the park belonging to the Štiřín chateau, a walk through the avenue of trees leading to the Ringhoffer family crypt, a visit to the church with a rotunda and the Jewish cemetery in Kostelec u Křížků and much more.
The trail is 20 km long, includes 10 information signs and can be reached by the integrated Prague public transport. The walk starts in Mirošovice (on railway line no. 221 – Prague Main Station – Benešov u Prahy) and ends in Kamenice, with transport options including buses to Prague, to the Budějovická underground station.
This project of the Josef Lada Country micro-region was completed in 2005 – 2006 with a financial support of the Central Bohemia Region.