The name Sušíce is a remnant of the time that in this region gold was won en the gold dust was laid to dry, the verb "sušít". The small city lies picturesque in the valley of the river Otava at the foot of the mountain Svatobor (845 m.). In the old city center are several restored historical buildings.
Amongst them is the Renaissance city hall and the Church of St. Wencelas, which was dated originally from 1322. There is also an interesting 17th century Jewish cemetery.
When the gold mining was past its peak, a new form of industry developed in the 19th century, namely the manufacturing of safety matches. In the local museum, Muzeum Šumavy, you can find a permanent exhibition about the manufacturing of matches. There is a unique and magnificant collection of matchboxes. The museum is situated in the impressive house call Voprchovsky at the main square.
Sušice is a perfect starting point for several hikes. Popular is the walk to the top of the mountain Svatobor. The red marked route of 3,5 km. is steep and pretty enervating.
Another hill in the vicinity that gives a beautiful view over the valley is the Anděla Strážce. On the top (557 m.) the Early-Baroque Chapel of the Guardian Angel was build in 1683. The chapel can be reached by a charming stairway which can be reached from Alšova, a side street of Palackého Ulice.
You can also make beautiful walks along the river the Otava.
When you have a day to spend and are in good shape, there is a wonderful marked route to Castle Kašperk
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