Autumn Travel

Tips for Trips: Říp

October 30, 2015
Memorial hill Rip, Czech Republic

Photo by DaCek/

Mecca to the Czechs?

“What was Mecca to Mohammed is Říp to the Czech nation” – the words are printed on a sign that hangs on the outside of a hospoda (bar) at the top of Říp, the rounded hill considered by Czech legend to be the nation’s birthplace. The legend of Říp dates from the Middle Ages, but it is one that Czechs still learn in school today. In spite of being somewhat unremarkable, at least when compared other Czech historic sites, Říp is a destination most Czechs have visited at least once.

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