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Grandmother´s valley

Granny´s monumentOne of the greatest female Czech writers – Božena Němcová – spent her childhood in these surroundings. From 1820 until her seventeenth birthday she lived in nearby Ratibořice, as Barunka Panklová. She went to school in Česká Skalice, and married Josef Němec in the Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In later years the writer often changed her place of abode, but the years spent in Ratibořice in her youth made a great impact on her. Stretching to the north of the town is the magical place known as Granny’s Valley (Babiččino údolí), the name of which recalls the main heroine of Božena Němcová’s novel – Granny (Babička). The book is a depiction of the idyllic life of a village, with all its cares and joys. Located in Ratibořice itself is a palace. It was built in the 18th century and owes its current appearance to a complete overhaul in the 19th century. Stretching around it is a huge English park. The whole area between the town and the village of Havlovice is under protection as part of the Czech national cultural heritage. The most interesting area around the palace in Ratibořice draws a great number of tourists each year. The focal point is a monument of the famous Granny surrounded by children and animals, established here on the hundredth anniversary of the writer’s birth. Nearby, in a reconstructed water mill building, there is an exhibition devoted to cloth making. For a time Božena Němcová and her family lived in the nearby Staré bělidlo. There are many interesting walking and cycling trails that run across Granny’s Valley. Of particular interest is the nature trail that sets off from the town centre and allows you to get to know the most interesting sites in the area.