Ron Howard & Einstein Take Over the Town
Rather than feed their fears although it was tempting, I made my way through the edge of T.G. Masaryka Town Square so I could see what I came there to see. You see, as a photographer, artist and writer myself, I understand Loket’s draw and why not just film producers flock here, but artists and poets as well. For example, German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe spent time here in the 1800’s, inspired by the area and perhaps the White Horse Hotel (also known as Hotel Bily Kun) where he stayed. While that may not matter to most, one of his quotes is taped to my computer monitor so I have read a lot of his work.
“Just Trust Yourself and You Will Know How To Truly Live.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Another of Goethe’s quotes which has inspired me over the years is this insightful one: “The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.” Frankly, I wanted to find a little outdoor cafe somewhere where I could watch locals pass by and write, but most places were closed and I knew we soon had lunch plans at the nearby Cisar Ferdinand Restaurant and Brewery, where apparently a freshly cooked pig on a spit was waiting for our group. As I pondered the historical relevance of this rural Czech town and meandered through its charming side streets, a local cat made his way around my legs, clearly looking for attention. He finally settled in a comfy spot in front of an entryway gate where I could see the resident’s bike parked inside. Despite the fact that a film crew was in full swing, it was quite easy to find bare streets without a soul in sight within a few minute walk.
Getting lost in Loket…
Loket Opera/Cultural Festival
Pig on a Spit For Lunch
“Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” — Benjamin Franklin
Photos: Ulrike von Levetzow, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (courtesy of Czech Tourism)
Another quirky factoid about Loket and the hotel is that you can see it in the distance of a shot taken during the 2006 filming of James Bond film Casino Royale, in which the city “played the role” of a summer resort in Montenegro.
A Natural Wonderland
If you walk around the Svatošské Rocks, you will also come across a popular educational nature trail. The educational nature trail between Loket and Karlovy Vary is ten kilometers long and has twelve stops along the way, of which you’ll learn about geology, archaeology, history and botany at each stop. You can reach the Svatošské Rocks from Loket (by bus or train) or from the Karlovy Vary – Doubí (the public transit bus number 6).
Helpful Logistics & Links
- Loket Castle: Zámecká 67, Loket |http://www.hradloket.cz/en/
- Loket Festival: http://www.festivalloket.cz/
- White Horse Hotel aka Bily Kun Hotel: T. G. Masaryka 109/53, 357 33 Loket | http://www.hotel-bilykun.cz/
- Svatošské Rocks: https://www.karlovyvary.cz/en/svatosske-rocks
- Karlovy Vary – a must visit (be sure to read my write-up)