Top 8 Things to do in Turnov, Czech Republic

August 8, 2017 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Turnov (Czech pronunciation: [ˈturnof]; German: Turnau) is a town on the Jizera river in the northern Czech Republic. It has about 14,500 inhabitants and lies in the southern part of Liberec Region. It is a traditional center for gemstone polishing, glass craftsmanship and arts. Turnov lies in the heart of the Bohemian Paradise (Český ráj) nature reserve which makes it a place for tourists and summer residents. The town is also an important traffic crossroads of three railways and the Prague–Liberec highway. Turnov has a large museum (finalist in European museums competition), three galleries, six churches and a synagogue. The small old town of Middle Ages urbanism is surrounded by modern garden neighbourhoods and large parks representing an organic connection between urban areas and nature. The region is well known for many castles, châteaux and excellent rural architecture.
Restaurants in Turnov

1. Hruba Skala - Rock City

Turnov, Czech Republic
Excellent
72%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

Hruba Skala - Rock City

Reviewed By alex111ander - Kiev, Ukraine

Looks like multi-levels adventure park - from stone "forest" with narrow ways between "stone trees" in the bottom to cliffs with flat areas and breath-taking views where is such a pleasure to contemplate and ponder. Parking personnel if friendly and English-speaking (which is not very common).

2. Czech Paradise

Antonina Dvoraka 335, Turnov 511 01, Czech Republic +420 481 540 253
Excellent
82%
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18%
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5 based on 44 reviews

Czech Paradise

Reviewed By 70ish - Worcester, United Kingdom

I travelled from Prague to Sobotka to meet friends for a couple of days and they took me here in the midst of the area known as Bohemian Paradise its absolutely amazing it's also called the city of rocks and there are many trails to follow I think we took quite a difficult one but the views were worth the climb

3. Zamek Hruby Rohozec

Statni Zamek Hruby Rohozec, Turnov 511 01, Czech Republic +420 481 321 012
Excellent
51%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
19%
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Zamek Hruby Rohozec

Reviewed By Vannegen - Warsaw

From outside, this castle might not so much impress, compared to other Czech Castles in the region. The interiors, however, present a stunning experience that will last in your memory for long.
Be also sure to pop in to the small cafeteria near the souvenirs shop. I rarely point out such minor issues but it must be stressed: they serve excellent home-made cakes at really acceptable prices. A must-taste thing!

4. Hrad Valdstejn

Turnov 511 22, Czech Republic +420 739 014 104
Excellent
37%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
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4 based on 53 reviews

Hrad Valdstejn

Reviewed By Joseph H - Winston Salem, North Carolina

This Hrad claims to be the most romantic in Cesky Raj. But honestly I was extremely underwhelmed. Not much to admire and learn about on the interior. And the exterior views were poor compared to other sights in the area. I don't mind a hike, but when you get to the top and you find there are dozens of folks who drove to the top on another road and didn't pay to park, it's a bit disconcerting. I'll be back to Cesky Raj soon enough with friends. This Hrad will not be on the must see list.

5. Museum of The Bohemian Paradise

Skalova 71, Turnov 511 01, Czech Republic +420 481 322 106
Excellent
84%
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5 based on 6 reviews

Museum of The Bohemian Paradise

The Museum of Bohemian Paradise was founded in 1886 as a regional museum; however, since the 1930s, it has specialised in precious stones and their processing (stone-cutting),which is a typical craft throughout the region. Here you can find a geology and mineralogy exhibition that will take you to the colourful world of minerals; examples of cut and engraved stones will show you the technology of stone processing and you will also be able to see historical jewels, followed by those that were created at international jewellers´ symposia. The underground Treasury features an historic collection of jewels, collected over time by the Turnov School of Applied Arts.

Reviewed By silvi a - Jerusalem, Israel

the museum provides an excellent visual portrait of both the zoology, botany,geology,archaeology and history of the whole area that could be better understood for non-czech speakers if you come there well-equipped with english or german natural history of the area

6. Maskova Zahrada Sportovne rekreacni areal

Vojt cha Ma ka 2300, Turnov 511 01, Czech Republic +420 722 195 222
Excellent
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5 based on 5 reviews

Maskova Zahrada Sportovne rekreacni areal

Reviewed By Christian S - Battle, United Kingdom

Traditionally in Czech there is snow and ice around the Christmas season, to my disappointment during my recent trip the temperatures were in the + degrees and I was almost tempted to be in shorts a t-shirts. To mitigate these circumstances the good town of Turnov have built fantastic indoors sports ice rink, so after a little encouragement, off I went to the freezing hall for a dose of winter sports (I should mention this is an all year round rink). For 30CK, little more than a pint of beer, you can skate for 2 hours. The ice was amazing, the facilities spotless with a good little bar/restaurant! After 3 visits during my week there, ZERO broken bones, and 6 hours on the ice I can honestly say it was well worth the equivalent of £3! Will certainly be going back there soon. Family friendly, can hire skates, there are lockers. There has been some ingenuity in creating stands for youngsters to learn on as well. Public skate sessions are busy at the moment, but it still comfortable.

7. Synagoga Turnov

Krajirova, Turnov 511 01, Czech Republic +420 481 366 255
Excellent
25%
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63%
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4 based on 8 reviews

Synagoga Turnov

Reviewed By silvi a - Jerusalem, Israel

the place is special and worth its preservation efforts
unfortunately for non-czech or non-russian speakers, the lady in charge speaks only czech and russian and has only one page of explanation in english that was not enough to answer the many questions that this owe-inspiring place certainly raises

8. Stastna zemE

Radvanovice 11, Turnov, Czech Republic
Excellent
10%
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50%
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15%
Poor
15%
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10%
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3.5 based on 19 reviews

Stastna zemE

Reviewed By DanZeng - Prague, Czech Republic

Šťastná země - "Happyland". We took a group of 11 kids age 1-12 there to enjoy the day. It is very nice area with wooden Playgrounds, trampolines, crafting, geopark, animals etc. Some of the equipment could use some care but overall it was very nice. The program was for smaller kids so "castle battle" was very boring for our older kids but "snow ball fight" was fun for all. The kids enjoyed the freedom the most, running around the grounds, playing at the huge wooden castle without parents behind their back pretending to be knights. :)) You can rent a blanket for 40Kc (1,5€) and have a picnic there or bring your own. The whole area is fenced and not that big so you don't need to worry about your children. There are stands with food so you can have lunch there, they have tapped non-alcoholic and also classic beer, lemonades, coffee etc. Parking is free right by the entrance. Close by (4km) is gorgeous Hruba Skala Castle which you can also see from the grounds of Happyland.

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