No not that kind of high! the altitude kind, specifically scaling the relatively lofty heights of the Green Tower overlooking Pernštejn square. Now that Summer is starting to make an appearance, many of the cultural sights that had been closed for the Winter are starting to open up, including the Green Tower, Kunětice Castle and in a few days, the Arnost river boat. (We’ll definitely be taking a trip on that)
On the day we finally got to scale the Green Tower, Winter was still clinging on for dear life, not allowing the sun to appear or the snow to melt. It was a cold breezy day and the snow was falling heavily but gently. At the top of the tower, the wind effect created by it’s sheer walls forced the falling snowflakes to return back up, into the sky. It was surreal to witness snow rising up from below and seemingly returning to the clouds above.
For a small fee you get entrance to the tower, which includes a few interesting models which illustrate the history of Pardubice as you climb. When you reach the top, there is a full panoramic view from all sides of the tower. You can look east out over the beautiful old square, or walk around to the western side and gaze down třída Míru, which roughly translates as Peace Street. Looking to the North you can first see St. Bartholomew’s Church with the lovely chateau behind it. On the horizon the imposing Kunětice Castle juts out above the otherwise flat landscape. To the South offices and apartments of Pardubice fade into the distance and when the mist cleared, distant hills became visible on the horizon.
The Green Tower is well worth a visit and the views from the top are great, and you also get a nice little history lesson on the way up. A few Czech crowns well spent if you ask me.