Czech Republic

A small yet captivating Czech town that is a hidden gem in the world of European Baroque art and architecture. Home to the magnificent Kuks Hospital, the town offers a unique blend of history, art, and natural beauty. Read more

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Kuks is famous for its Baroque-era hospital complex, a masterpiece designed by Giovanni Battista Alliprandi and established in the late 17th century. Founded by Count František Antonín Špork, the hospital was intended to serve wounded soldiers and later transformed into an almshouse. The establishment now serves as a museum and is considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in the Czech Republic.
Adjacent to the hospital is the breathtaking Baroque garden, adorned with the masterful sculptural work of Matthias Braun, one of the most celebrated sculptors of the era. His statues of Virtues and Vices are a must-see. A pharmacy, also part of the complex, exhibits historical medical instruments and practices, providing a rare insight into 17th-century medicine.
Apart from the historical structures, Kuks is surrounded by the stunning natural landscapes of the Krkonoše Mountains. The town also hosts annual events like classical concerts and art exhibitions, which add a lively vibe to this otherwise serene locale.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Kuks

Kuks Hospital Complex

This Baroque gem is not only an architectural wonder but also a museum showcasing the region's rich history.

Baroque Garden

Adjacent to the hospital, the garden displays the artistic genius of Matthias Braun through sculptures representing Virtues and Vices.

Braun's Nativity Scene

An intricate sculptural nativity scene, also by Matthias Braun, located in the nearby forest.

Historic Pharmacy

A part of the hospital complex, the pharmacy exhibits historical medical instruments and practices.

Kuks Forest Sculptures

A trail leading through the forest near Kuks, adorned with Baroque sculptures, offers a blend of art and nature.

Krkonoše Mountains

For nature lovers, the nearby Krkonoše Mountains provide hiking and skiing opportunities.

Classical Concerts

The town hosts annual classical music events that usually take place in the hospital's chapel or garden.

Art Exhibitions

Seasonal art exhibitions are often set up within the hospital or other historic buildings.

River Elbe

Located nearby, the river offers opportunities for fishing and picnicking.

Špork Castle

Although in ruins, this castle located not far from Kuks provides a historic backdrop for a short excursion.

What else to visit
In and around Kuks

Hradec Kralove (21.24 km)

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Adrspach Rocks (28.61 km)

Immerse yourself in the surreal beauty of Adrspach Rocks, a breathtaking sandstone rock city situated in the northeastern Czech Republic.

Lomnice nad Popelkou (39.39 km)

Tucked away amidst the verdant landscape of the Czech Republic, Lomnice nad Popelkou stands as a serene sentinel of history, culture, and nature's bounty.

Špindlerův Mlýn (41.54 km)

Pardubice (42.35 km)

At the crossroads of rivers and history, Pardubice is a delightful blend of heritage, equestrian tradition, and gingerbread aroma, making it a unique destination within the Czech Republic's tapestry.

Kowary (44.03 km)

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