Some 40 km south-east of Prague, the town of 8,000 inhabitants between the mountain ranges of the Hrebeny and the Brdy is a favourite holiday destination. With copious forests around, the town and close neighbourhood provides many opportunities how to enjoy one's holiday both in summer and in winter. The first mention of Dobris in writing dates back to 1252. The ancient city was famous for the productions of leather gloves and of vices. There are several memorable monuments in the town: the Town Hall, formerly a wooden construction (1725), rebuilt in the late baroque style in 1821; the late l8th-century late-baroque château, used as the writers' seat after 1945; the Vargac castle, a former l4th- century Gothic castle rebuilt to granary later; the Most Holy Trinity Church of 1797; the Holy Rood Church with churchyard built in 1589 and later converted into the nobles' crypt; the late l0th century Jewish cemetery; Karel Capek Memorial at Stara Hut near the Strz pond holds an exhibition of the life and work of the famous Czech writer.
This large castle in Dobris was the residence of the House Mannsfeld. It was founded in the 2nd half of 17th century and adapted to its today Rococo form at the beginning of 18th century. Interiors are full of valuable rococo and classicist furniture. The castle gardens belong to the most beautiful in the country.