Deštné v Orl.h.
Deštné (Rainy) - the largest and the most popular recreation centre of Orlické hory (650m) spread out along the Bělá (Alba) and Deštenský creek, first mentioned in 1362 as woodmen's colony belonging to Svaté Pole (God's Acre).
Within a territory colonized during 16th - 17th century people subsisted upon logging, weaving, conditionally on cattle raising, employed in sawmills and grain mills, glassworks and rather often in smuggling. Since 1603 timbers and chunks were floated by Bělá creek to Orlice river and onwards to Kutná Hora silver mines. The first glassworks operated since 1595, the last one in Zákoutí during 1873-1911.
Baroque St. Maria Magdalena church originates in 1720-26 from Alliprandi constituency but as far back as in 1350 a wooden chapel is noticed on that place.
In a period between World War I and II the lovely upland location turned into popular summer resort due to local propagators (Dr. J.Sternberg) and in a village of 1200 inhabitants three new hotels spring up:1931 Orlice in Zákoutí in a place of an old German pub, 1932 Národní dům , formerly Michl in a place of Deutsches Haus, and Alba.
Besides there was a touring chalet Panorama in Dříš arising in a place of German wooden inn in 1915. On this place on July 31st 1921 a tourist marked path going along the main ridge has been inaugurated with a ceremony attended by Alois Jirásek. (Alois Jirásek, 1851-1930, university professor and author of numerous historical publications, both scientific and belletristic, once the most published and read writer, native in near-by Hronov.)
Since February 2002 in a municipal office (No.61) a public internet access is provided, with standard operation hours on Wednesdays 7-9 pm. Alternative hours upon request (phone +420 443 663193, +420 443 663103 or mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org). Price = 1K per 1 minute (aprox. 2€ per hour)
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