Everyone has a few childhood places we like to go back to. One of these places for me is the Orlické Mountains and here is the place called Serlich (and here cottage names Masaryk cottage). I’ve been here as a little girl with my grandmother and my grandfather. Even my father went there when he was a little boy. Are you asking why? The answer is simple. Blueberry dumplings! And, of course, beautiful nature, amazing views of the surroundings and the possible crossing of the Czech border to Poland in one step. Šerlich is also an ideal starting point for the most interesting places of Orlické hory – the Great Deštná, the national nature reserve Bukačka, the Šerlich mill or the Vrchmezí. Last week, I was lucky to get back to a beautiful place and have my beloved blueberry dumplings. Besides, I learned a lot of interesting information about this cottage that I did not know before. Originally there used to be the Serlich Mountain Settlement, due to colonization at the end of the 17th century. In 1844 there stood 10 timbered cottages. The original inhabitants worked as woodcutters, charcoal, weavers and shepherds. In addition, they also ran smuggling (cukerin, kerosene, textiles).  The cottage was built by the Club of Czech Tourists in Hradec Králové according to the project of the architect B. Fuchs. The foundation stone was laid on June 14, 1924. Construction material was prepared at Šerlišský mlýn. The roof was originally covered with shingle, which only increased its mountain appearance. The cottage also has an interesting past. On September 21, 1938 Masaryk’s cottage was attacked by the Nazis from Freikorps, but the attempt to burn it fortunately did not work out. The Germans renamed the cottage to Hitlerbaude, and during the war there were staying families of fascist chiefs, recovering the wounded pilots, there was also the Hitlerjugend. The chalet was liberated by the Soviet Army in May 1945. After the war, it returned to its original name, but in the 1950s it was renamed the ČSTV Chatlet at Šerlich. Other changes to the title were in 1968 and since 1990 it has again been called Masaryk Chalet. In 1935 a meteorological station was set up at Šerlich and the bust of President TG Masaryk from Leoš Kubíček was unveiled in front of the chalet. Tomáš Garigue Masaryk was the first president of the Czechoslovak Republic. For many people, a symbol of democracy. Interestingly, even though this chalet is named after him, he was never here. Another fact is that the bust in front of the cottage in the 20th century did not last long. It first lasted three years (1935-38), then four (1949-53) and again four years (1968-72). So far the last comeback in 1990. Hopefully, it will stay there forever. Close to the cottage stood a border stone from 1636 (from the time of the reign of Emperor Ferdinand III). But it was moved to a museum in Deštné. You can both eat and stay in the Masaryk cottage. There is a ski resort nearby (on the Polish side). So if you get to the Orlické Mountains, this place is ideal for both a family trip and a romantic trip.

 

About Katerina Doubravova

Hello everyone! My name is Kateřina Doubravová and I’m a 19 years old student from Pardubice, Czech republic (Bohemia). What makes me the most? I am an athlete with body and soul. Since my 2 years of age I have been doing a lot of sports like gymnastics, dance of all kinds, cheerleading, tennis, athletics and figure skating. Last named I’ve been doing the last fifteen years and I have a lot of successes of all kinds. For example, several Czech Champion titles in synchronized skating. Other one in ice dancing. Last season I was part of the synchonised skating team named Olympia, where we represented the Czech Republic at the World Championships in Colorado Springs, USA. Apart from sport, I love music, theater, history, books, traveling, art, finding new places and meeting interesting people And, of course, writing and journalism in general. Both parents worked in this field – Dad was a journalist and photographer, Mum worked on radio and television. I, in addition to writing for this website, have an internship in regional television and I enjoy doing both because they have their own magic. I’m also setting up my personal blog now. When ready to be published, I will upload link here. Besides website, you can follow me on my personal instagram account or Twitter, where you can find out more about me. I hope you will enjoy my articles and one day you will visit the beautiful Czech Republic. Website: will be uploaded soon. Personal instagram account: @k.doubravova Personal Twitter account: @DoubravovaK