The first documented mention of the stone ‘balls’ at Megoňky dates from 1995. The Megoňky quarry lies on the Czech-Slovak border in the Turzovka uplands. Together with nearby Klokočov, Megoňky represents the largest example in Europe of these unusual rock formations.
Chapels and wayside crosses
It is known that these small sacred structures were built in locations which were felt to need divine protection. They were holy sites, situated at places where the known, everyday world met a world that was considered strange or threatening – the areas around churches or cemeteries, the boundaries of villages or hamlets, or at crossroads.
Čertovy mlýny rock formation
The Čertovy mlýny (‘Goblin’s Mill’ or ‘Devil’s Mill’) rock formation is located on the southern slope of Gírová mountain (840 m above sea level) about 150 m below the summit, uphill from a hikers’ chalet. It is a natural feature unique in the Těšín Beskydy range.
The Šance medieval fortifications
In the 16th century the Czech lands were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the Jablunkov pass was an important strategic location for trade and military campaigns. This was a time when much of Central Europe had been overrun by marauding Turkish troops, who had conquered the Hungarian lands as far as Žilina (today situated in northern Slovakia). These turbulent times gave rise to a system of stone fortifications and ditches, built on the orders of Adam Václav the Duke of Těšín.
Protected areas in Mosty
Motyčanka nature reserve
This nature reserve was created in 1990 and covers an area of 0.22 hectares. It is a boggy meadow on gently sloping ground at the point where the Moravian-Silesian Beskydy mountains meet the lower-lying land around Jablunkov, and is located at a height of 579–583 m above sea level. The aim of the reserve is to protect the entire wetland ecosystem, which provides a habitat for a range of rare, endangered, protected and common plant and animal species.
The ‘Gorolszus’ tightrope ride at Mosty
Beautiful countryside, superb local specialities and an active way to relax for all the family. For all this and more, come to the Mosty Ski Centre, which is open all year round and offers both adrenaline sports and relaxing family activities.
The history of the Skalka chalet
The most impressive ridge of the Těšín Beskydy mountains on the Moravian-Slovak border is Velký Polom, which is visible from a long distance on routes approaching the Jablunkov pass. Smaller ridges run off the main ridge to the west, north, north-east and south-east, into the Lomná valley, Mosty u Jablunkova and the Kysuce river basin. To the north-east is the peak of Skalka, reaching a height of 932 m above sea level.
The legend of the sunken castle in Mosty
Legend has it that a large castle once stood on the site of the fortifications. The duke had three daughters, who were beautiful but very vain.