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Louny – the southern gate to the Central Bohemian Uplands

If the Milesovka hill is called the Queen of the Central Bohemian Uplands, the Hazmburk hill must be called the King. If you drive on the road R7 from Prague, we advise you to stop by Smilnice (cca 7 km southwards from Louny) and admire the landscape of the southern part of the Uplands. As far as the Ore mountains there was the plateau, which fell down in the Mezozoic Era and hills (the fundaments of them) occured.

The typical hills for our area are Rana with its three-tops (shape of laying woman), Oblík (typical volcano shape), Milesovka with its meteorological station on its top, Hazmburk hill with the ruins of two towers, and many others.

The Uplands changes its color nearly every season. In spring, they are yellow because of Adonis vernalis (so called spring pheasant's eye), in summer it is violet because of Stipa pennata (called European feather grass) and in winter it is covered by snow. Since early spring till late autumn there are para-gliders and gliders on the sky, and the white herds of sheeps and goats grazing meadows.

The České středohoří, Central Bohemian Uplands is a mountain range located in northern Bohemia, the Czech Republic. The range is about 80 km long, spanning from Česká Lípa (northeast) to Louny (southwest) and from Litoměřice (south) to Děčín (north), intersected by the river Elbe.

The name středohoří can be translated into English as "middle mountains". However, the sense of the word "middle" in this context often misunderstood as being located in the middle of Bohemia. In fact the designation refers to moderate elevation of the mountains. The correct meaning is medium-sized Czech mountains. Another translation is "central uplands" (as opposed to "highlands"), the range being part of the European Central Uplands, hence Bohemian Central Uplands would be a reasonable description.

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