We travelled from Weisau in Bavaria to Cheb for the day. The weather was most definitely not on our side. Our morning was interrupted by frequent heavy downpours and by the afternoon we were stuck in a constant deluge that was flooding everything in sight. Despite the weather, we were both really impressed with Cheb. For some reason we had not been expecting all that much from Cheb but we actually really, really liked it. It has a large public square, churches, a castle, museums, a river. The view from St Nicholas Church was wonderful. When we had looked at Cheb we jumped on a train to nearby Františkovy Lansky, a spa town. That was lovely but our visit there coincided with the worst of the weather. When we were leaving by train we had to wade across the railway platforms to board the train. Cheb is a city in the Czech Republic, with about 33,000 inhabitants. It is on the River Ohre. It used to be part of Germany and was once called Eger.
Cheb main square.
Cheb main square used to be its market place. Now it houses the town hall, the tourist office, a fountain, a museum and a group of eleven houses known as Špalícek. These houses are located very close together with very narrow streets dividing them. They date from the thirteenth century. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe frequently visited the Green House which is one of the houses in Špalícek.
St Nicholas's Church.
After we had visited the market square, we walked to the lovely Church of Saint Nicholas. We could see its spires from the market square. The Church of St. Nicholas was built in the thirteenth century. Throughout its eventful history it has been damaged by fire in 1742 and then rebuilt by architect Balthasar Neumann. The top of its steeples were destroyed during World War II and restored in 2008. We had look inside the church. It was well worth seeing. I then paid a euro to climb up the tower for a view over the town.
Views from the church tower.
After looking at the inside of Saint Nicholas Church I paid one Euro to climb up its tower. There were fantastic views over the old and newer parts of Cheb from the top. This was my favourite part of our visit to Cheb.
The River Ohre.
The River Ohre flows through the centre of Cheb. It is quite a pretty river. I especially liked the area with the covered wooden bridge. It was possible to take pictures from the bridge including the boxes of geraniums that lined it.
We were really running out of time when we got to Cheb Castle plus the rain was just starting to pour down once more so we did not pay to go inside. We just took photos from the outside. Cheb Castle was built in the twelfth century, and is now mostly in ruins. Its main attractions are the Chapel of St Erhard and Ursula and its Black Tower.
Fountains of Cheb.
As we wandered around Cheb we came across several interesting fountains. The first just off the main square was of a piper. On the main square there was a fountain of the Knight Roland. These are found all over Germany. Also on the main square we found the savage man fountain and then we found a fourth fountain on our way to Cheb Castle.
After we had wandered around Cheb we went to Frantskovy Lazne a nearby spa town. The springs in Frantiskovy Lazne were known from the fifteenth century. This is an attractive place with lots of lovely buildings, statues, fountains and colonades. Unfortunately it poured down for our entire visit which put a bit of a dampner on the day.