Dobris is a small town in the Czech Republic that is located in the Central Bohemian Region. This town is home to about 8000 inhabitants. It is some 40 km south of Prague and lies within the Prague metropolitan area. It is among the favorite destinations for local tourists from Prague.
Despite its relatively small population, Dobris happens to be second largest town in the Pribram District. Dobris is a historically rich town dating back to the 13th century. It predates the Kingdom of Bohemia, Habsburg Monarchy and the 15th century Hussite wars.
Today it still bears part of its olden-times look and is serene with vibrant surrounding vegetation. Below are some of the points of interest you can visit in Dobris.
This Rococo chateau is a splendid and attractive castle complex set upon an ornate environment surrounded by valuable English and French gardens. The garden is particularly magnificent donning floral ornamentation, sculptured hedges and statues. This has been the Rococo residence from the 18th century and was expropriated from its aristocratic owners during the Second World War by the Nazis.
For 50 years, it served as the Home for Writers providing residency and recreation for pro-regime authors and other important persons. Tourists are provided access to the Writer’s Room. This room recalls the times during the communist era when the family collection of the old and recently new owners; the Colleredo Mannsfield family were inaccessible to the majority of people.
Part of the chateau is home to the exhibition of the town museum. In addition to the history and examples of traditional local glove-making, another attraction is the large collection of historical motorcycles that were made in the Czechoslovakian times. It also has a park that is open to the public and local stables that are often used as wedding accessories.
This, in addition to its mirrored halls, makes it a favorite choice for opulent weddings, including celebrity weddings. The Rococo chateau also holds numerous events such as movie shoots, music video shoots, photo shoots and the Dobris Cultural Festival. Scenes from notable films such as Shanghai Knights, Jack the Ripper and Immortal were shot here.
Vargac Castle is one of the oldest buildings in the town of Dobris. It was constructed by the King John of Luxembourg. Although it has undergone modern restorations, it still bears its contemporary look today and is surrounded by plush vegetation including an array of trees and natural bushes. The best thing about Vargac Castle is that it looks magnificent during all four seasons experienced in the Czech Republic.
So you will be able to witness its beauty at any time of the year you happen to be in Dobris. It is particularly awe-inspiring during the autumn season when the leaves start changing color. This phenomenon provides a beautiful complimentary contrast to the traditional look of the castle.
In the 19th century, Dobris became known for the manufacturing of gloves. The glove factory was founded by the Jewish population; Salmon Abeles in particular. A glove factory was still in operation in this town after the Second World War.
The old Jewish cemetery is located on the northern outskirts of the town about a 10 minute drive from the town center. It represents an important part of the history of Dobris that the Jewish community contributed to. You can visit the decades old gravestones to pay homage to these forgotten Jews.
There are other places of interest in Dobris including the Town hall, the river Luznice, The Church of the Saint Trinity and the Dobris Chateau zoo as well.