Vsetín - the heart of Wallachia.....

Vsetín lies in the Bečva river Valley in the eastern part of Czech republic and has approximiately 27 thousand inhabitants. The town is located in the heart of mountains Walachia and the Beskydy Protected Land Area starts immediately beyond the city.

The region of Vsetin is situated at the foot of the Vsetín, Hostýn and Vizovice Hills. It is starting point of well marked tourist foot-paths of various degrees of walking intensity. Tourists are given the possibility of wndering through pictuesque hilly terrains on foot, using a bicycle or ski. The mountain ridge routes will be surprising for the visitors by their far view over the mountains of Javorniky and towards the neighbouring Slovakia.

In the Region there are preserved wooden timbered houses and significant cultural monuments.

The first historical accounts concerning the Vsetin the Vsetin contryside can be learnt from some documents dated 1297 - 1308. The countryside was accounted in these documents at the very beginning of the process of settlement. While the region of Vsetin was described as a territory along the Bečva river in the deed of 1297, the territory was clearly specified in the deed of 1308: there was a small township called Setteinz with a church and a mill, the castle of Fraundsberg and some other settling activities in the valley along the Rokytnice brook were described. Vsetin was held as property of the Knights of Temple in those days and it was in 1308 that the township came over to the lease of a nobleman named Vok of Kravaře.