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Pohled od Labe na kostel sv. Petra a Pavla a Zámek Mělník


Trips from Prague vol. 3: Mělník – City at the Confluence

17. 2. 2024

The Royal Dowry Town, a short distance from Prague, offers excellent gastronomy, cultural events, and diverse tourist opportunities. Located in a wine-growing region, Mělník enjoys a climate among the driest and warmest in the Czech Republic, similar to southern Moravia. The compact historic center can be explored in a single afternoon, but staying over the weekend ensures an engaging experience with never a dull moment.

In Mělník, discover attractions around the square. A short stroll leads to a viewpoint with a clear view of the Central Bohemian Uplands and Říp Mountain. The view includes the Spolana Neratovice chemical plant, Kralupy nad Vltavou refinery, and the Mělník power plant, about twenty kilometers away.

Initially, attention is drawn to the nearby confluence of the Labe and Vltava rivers. However, this isn’t the natural confluence; the true one is upstream in Hořín, connecting Prague to Germany in shipping.

Getting to Mělník isn’t limited to buses, trains, or cars; you can also arrive by boat, gliding beneath the unique historical locks in Hořín. Find departure information from Prague here.

Mělník Chateau
Source: Zámek Mělník

Mělník: City at the confluence unveils its charms

Discover Mělník, the beating heart of Czech wine culture. Explore the royal town with its iconic château, home to open-to-the-public wine cellars. Uncover the town’s history at the Regional Museum. Don’t miss the unique tunnel system, dating back to the 13th century, connecting buildings across the city and offering a glimpse of a medieval well. Explore this subterranean world with a guide, starting from the Tourist Information Center.

Ascend the heights of Pražská brána Gate, featuring a café and the Ve věži Gallery. Wander down Svatováclavská ulice to the Mělník Chateau and the adorned Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, housing one of the country’s largest ossuaries. Enjoy breathtaking views from the chateau restaurant of the Elbe and Vltava rivers’ confluence, the St. Ludmila Vineyard, Říp Mountain, and the Central Bohemian Highlands.

Prepare to toast at the Mělník Vintage Festival, typically held in mid-September! Delve into the opulent realm of wine tasting, surrounded by the picturesque beauty of Mělník.

Klamovka Vineyard
Klamovka Vineyard
Source: Mělnické vinařství Kraus

The history of winemaking in the Mělník region dates back to the 9th century and reached its heyday during the reign of Emperor Charles IV in the 14th century. The Kraus family’s winemaking tradition extends into its third generation. Come and sample their wines—whether it’s Riesling, Hibernal, or perhaps Pinot Noir that suits your palate. You can find their wine bar and shop in the heart of Mělník’s historic center at Palackého 137. Guided tastings are available in English and German. Plus, treat yourself to a tasting experience at the architectural gem, the Klamovka vineyard, with the option to relax on the panoramic terrace.

Mrs. Bettina Lobkowicz oversees a prominent winery in Mělník, upholding a centuries-old tradition. With 50 hectares of vineyards, it’s the city’s largest producer. Open daily from 9:00 to 17:00, reservations are required for guided tastings, with a minimum of 10 people.

The Lobkowicz family initiated winemaking in 1753, and in 2009, a new chapter began with the restoration of the St. Joseph cellar beneath Mělník Castle’s courtyard. Guided tastings at Chateau Mělník require a minimum of 9 people.

Trejbal Winery is all about innovation. Experience their vegan-friendly wines, where grapes are grown with eco-conscious practices, minimizing the use of pesticides. Plus, enjoy the stylish touch of their really cool labels.

Discover the exquisite wines from Chorouš Winery, conveniently available at Hostinec U Ještěra in Mělník or at special events like the Saturday Mělník Markets. If you fancy a guided tasting, simply arrange it in advance for a delightful experience.

Savor the wines from Válkovi Winery, conveniently available for personal purchase at their Tišice location, Mělnická Street 61 (inside the courtyard), Monday to Saturday from 12:00 to 19:00. Groups of 10 or more can enjoy a guided tour of vineyards, two-story wine cellars, and a unique log press in the original fermenting room, all coupled with a delightful tasting of Válkovi Winery’s exceptional creations.

While the Czech Republic lacks oceans or seas, you can still embark on a cruise! A paddle steamer departs regularly from the heart of Prague during the summer season. Relax as you gently glide on the Vltava River, taking in the scenic views of Kralupy nad Vltavou or Nelahozeves Castle. The steamboat docks in Mělník for 2.5 hours, providing ample time to explore the local castle, underground, or wine cellar.

Explore Mělník individually

Traveling from Prague to Mělník takes just around 45 minutes. For a hassle-free option without your own car, consider taking a public transport bus from Praha-Ládví station. You can find the connection details using the tool here. Mělník is also accessible by train with a simple transfer. Trains depart regularly from Praha-Masarykovo nádraží station or from Prague Central Station.

Otherwise, the city center is quite compact, allowing you to stroll everywhere. However, be cautious of the cobblestone streets, as they can pose a challenge in Mělník.

Despite being in Central Europe in the 21st century, certain places may not accept credit cards. It’s advisable to carry some local currency for convenience.

All the flavors of local restaurants & cafés

Savor diverse flavors in Mělník, where Czech classics and international dishes blend seamlessly. Enjoy craft beers from local breweries and relax in charming cafés.

Brloh Barbecue  | Indulge in the true essence of american barbecue, paired with meticulously crafted beers from their own brewery, and elevate your experience with first-rate cocktails.

Němý Medvěd – Burger & Beer Bar | Explore a cozy craft beer pub offering exceptional burgers, featuring local beer selections.

Dobrý kanec | Sleek and clean inn with fresh Pilsner on tap, a well-equipped kitchen, and a summer garden. Accommodation is available in several rooms directly above the inn or in two apartments in the neighboring building.

Café and Gallery Ve Věži | Savor the novelty of having your coffee brought to you by an elevator, a distinctive feature not seen anywhere else in Central Bohemia. Delight in the exquisite flavors of our premium coffee selection.

Kafe Mělník | They pride themselves on the quality of ingredients, ideally sourced from local suppliers. Cakes are always fresh, without preservatives, and largely gluten-free. For breakfast, they prepare baked bagels, and their premium coffee comes directly from their roastery.

Andy’s Bistro | Inspired by Andy Warhol, this colorful bistro near Mělník’s bus station minimizes its ecological impact by rotating its menu with seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. Each week offers something new—will it be breakfast, lunch, or brunch?

Drákula Bistro | Does the name of the bistro remind you of the famous Count Dracula? Of course! The owner, Vladimír Džakula, known throughout his life as guess what… This it’s a branch of the renowned Drákulova Krčma in Kokořínský důl. Local delicacies mostly revolve around meat.

Němý Medvěd
Němý Medvěd Brewery
Source: Dagmar Malinová

Where to unwind in Mělník

Discover welcoming B&Bs and classic hotels for your overnight stay in Mělník. While boutique hotels may be limited, you’ll find charming options to ensure a comfortable visit. Enjoy the town’s unique hospitality and explore its attractions from your cozy accommodation.

Hotel U Rytíře | Referencing the early medieval period, let’s mention this hotel, which has transformed over time from a humble small hotel with a castle brewery into its current modern form. Inside, you’ll find fully equipped apartments.

Apartmány V Podzámčí | An ideal location if you’re seeking accommodation in family apartments near Prague but also want to relax close to a vineyard while being in the center of Mělník.

Penzion U Zámku | Nestled in Melnik’s historic center near the castle, this B&B offers cozy and stylish lodging. Ideal for cyclists with bike storage, you can choose from themed rooms like Musical, Herbal, Provencal, Forget-Me-Not, or something entirely different.

Hotel Olympionik | Indulge in active leisure and relaxation at the congress and sports center facilities. While the hotel may have a vintage charm, you’ll also discover accessible rooms for your convenience.

Statek 1738 | This is another place where cyclists are welcome. Although the accommodation is a short distance from Mělník, it is an excellent starting point for excursions not only to Mělník but also to Veltrusy, Nelahozeves, or Kralupy nad Vltavou.

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