(jiří macek) The art deco Municipal bath in Mšeno opened this weekend after a four-year long reconstruction. In the forest park behind the swimming pool one can find a forest arbour in the shape of a toadstool.
A series of summer trip tips could not start anywhere else. A picturesque small town, a forest, and water…Mšeno. The local municipal bath is located in a deep valley directed towards the Debř forest park. It is really an exceptional place even though it was not designed by a renowned architect but, rather, by the local master bricklayer Josef Oborský. It opened its doors for the first time in 1932. Thus, its re-opening celebrates its 76th anniversary. The imposing entry staircase into the swimming pool between two towers can serve as an imposing start to your summer holiday this year – in case you have not started your holiday already.
The toadstool in the photo is situated in the forest park. In order to get there, one must follow the blue signs leading through the valley. All of a sudden, the toadstool pops out so abruptly it is hard to believe that it is really there. When you sit down inside, you will understand what its charm really is. The silence changes and light seems to float in space. With regard to the fact that the region of Kokořínsko is so popular with Dutch tourists, one may ask: Has Marcel Wanders ever been here or does he come from here? If you have seen his toadstool, you know why I ask these questions. The charm of the Mšeno elves is hidden within its frills.
If you would like to spend more days close to Mšeno, we recommend that you stay in a castle in nearby Lobeč. The castle, rebuilt in Baroque style from the second half of the 17th century, functions as a wonderful guest house. Even though the accommodation is very modest, it is very pleasant. The price per night and person is CZK 290. There is a restaurant on the ground floor and the intriguing region of Kokořínsko is everywhere around you. Enjoy the trip!
Altánek Muchomůrka, Mšeno u Mělníka