HISTORY OF THE AREA
Klaster village was built up from the ruins of an old monastery building originally built by Cistercian Monks in 1144. When the monastery was destroyed in 1420 by the Hussites, the stones were used to build the houses in the village.
There is a prominent wall in the centre of the village and features in some of the houses that have survived for nearly 900 years. Like the basement in this house.
The House was built in about 1860, on part of the foundations of the Monastery. Land Registry records show that there was a building on this site before 1789.
The Monastery has been used in recent times as the village hall and school.
The most famous resident St. John of Nepomuk would educated by the monks and he would have sat at the lake side, where we can sit and fish today.
Klaster village is situated to the north of Nepomuk overlooked by the imposing Zelena Hora (green mountain) and its historical castle.
The 2 kilometre walk to Nepomuk is possible to make in 15 minutes, and there is a good and efficient local taxi firm which charges 70 koruna or £2.20 from Nepomuk to Klaster. A disused 1.5 kilometer tunnel runs to the castle from the house basement, full of interesting early medieval features.
Klaster is in an area of National Parks, noted for their wildlife and cycling and walks.
There are 2 supermarkets (Co-op, Norma), some smaller useful shops, 2 hardware stores, a post office, bars, and 2 or 3 restaurants, including the famous Svejk restaurant and Hotel in the main square.
Nepomuk is on the main road to České Budějovice and also to the popular holiday centre of the Šumava (Bohemian) Forest and mountains. To the South, the German cities of Passau, Regensberg and Munich are about 3 hours drive, as is the Austrian City of Linz.
The town has museums, notably the Vintage Motor Exhibition, the Museum devoted to John of Nepomuk, and a museum of the works of the local famous painter Augustin Němejc.
NEPOMUK FAIR in the photo above. Always a fun time.
The train station at Nepomuk (Dvorec).
The main town square in Nepomuk.
The House looks at the castle on Green Mountain (Zelena Hora castle, see above).
The castle is most famous for the discovery in 1819 of an ancient Slavic manuscript, The Judgement of Lubussa. A wonderful opera was written on the story of Libuse by Smetana.
Films have been made at this amazing location, such as a French epic about the life of Catherine the Great of Russia. A Czech television series, The Black Barons, was made at the castle. Emperors were housed here, Saint Václav’s crown was hidden here, and the Red Bridge in Nepomuk saw so much blood and battle that it’s said the cries and shrieks of the soldiers still hang in the air in the evenings.
Zelina Hora, Green Mountain castle, hosts occasional events and performances. In 2016 and again in 2017 there were performances in the courtyard and exhibitions in the castle rooms.
Eva Urbanova, a local resident, the internationally acclaimed soprano gave a recital in July 2017 to raise funds for the upkeep of the castle.
The entrance to the castle.