Walking Holidays in Czech Republic - Czech Republic - Bohemian Paradise - Short Break Walks

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  • Landscapes of forest and fishponds, fairy-tale Chateaux and sublime villages
  • Walk in the unique ‘Geopark’ with striking organ-pipe like rock formations

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On our Czech Short Break, you begin in Prachovske Skaly, a true ‘rock paradise’ due to the vast expanse of extremely distinct rock formations. Your first walk takes you through picturesque, fairy-tale like villages, before arriving at two quite incredible castles, Kost & Trosky. Next you continue through the intriguing rock town of ‘Hruboskalské Skalní Město' up to another dramatic castle named Valdštejn. Depending on time, you can also visit the bustling city of Prague for which we offer a fantastic self-guided itinerary to assist with your explorations!

The Area

Bohemia, or Bohemian Paradise, is a picturesque region containing several impressive sandstone rock cities or rock labyrinths locally known as ‘Skalni Mesto’. It is the oldest nature reserve in the Czech Republic and is included in the UNESCO list of Geoparks. The beautiful unspoiled landscapes are comprised of imposing organ-pipe like rock formations contrasting strikingly against the surrounding linden trees and charming folk villages. The wind, rain, frost and sun have sculpted these bizarre sandstone formations allowing us to marvel in their very grand and unique presence.

The symbol of the Bohemian region is Trosky Castle. Now in ruins, Trosky Castle is easily distinguished by its twin towers set on two basalt steep cliffs (the towers are called Baba – Old Woman, and Panna – Young Girl) both offering unique views over the land. Trosky was a volcano 16 million years ago, each top has erupted once. 

Day 1: Arrive at Prague airport and transfer directly to your first hotel in Prachovske Skaly (included). Overnight Prachovske Skaly.

Day 2: You go through picturesque villages, walk along unusual sandstone gorges, pass lakes and marshes, wander through woods and forest… and visit two stunning castles. At Kost, you can pay to join a tour if the time is right; later in the day, at Trosky, you can wander around at your own pace. The latter castle is quite incredible and not to be missed. Overnight Hrubá Skála.

Ascent: 320m. Descent: 290m. Distance: 11.5 miles. Time:  4.5 hours.

Day 3: The route today takes in much of the so-called rock town (‘Hruboskalské Skalní Město'), several viewpoints, fresh-water springs that emerge below the sandstone, the dramatically positioned Valdštejn castle, a memorial to Bohemian mountaineers, an old farmstead and a curious area of rock carvings created many years ago by a self-taught sculptor. Overnight Hrubá Skála.

Ascent: 420m. Descent: 420m. Distance: 7.5 miles. Time: 3.75 hours.

Day 4: Depending on your flight departure time you may be able to explore the fascinating city of Prague before making your way to the airport.

Alternatively, add some extra nights in Prague to fully appreciate this historic city. 

Parkhotel Skalni Město 3*, Prachovské Skály

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This 3* hotel is located next to the gateway of the Česky raj where the Prachov Rock Cities are found. Since its opening in 1936, this stylish hotel has welcomed many happy guests into cosy rooms and charming restaurant which serves a wide range of international and Czech specialities.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television and private bathroom with WC and shower. 


Hrubá Castle 4*, Hrubá Skála

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This 4* hotel is a very special, former castle from the 14th century surrounded by atmospheric woodland. The rooms are individually decorated with some original gothic castle charms dotted around. The sprawling building has long corridors and spiral staircases with grand chandeliers. You can also walk up to the look-out tower situated on the terrace on the castle rampart to enjoy amazing views over the hills and rock cities; there is also a luxurious wellness centre on site. The Castle Restaurant offers delicious local and international dishes.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.


Hotel Andante 3*, Prague

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This 3* hotel is right in the heart of Prague and offers comfortable rooms in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. You can choose from a selection of local dishes from the rich breakfast buffet.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, mini-bar and private bathroom with WC and shower. 


Availability Information

Spring is when the rivers are at their fullest and there is a bloom in vegetation. The hottest month is July when the average temperature is 20 degrees C, although this is when the most rainfall occurs. September welcomes autumn which is still warm but much drier than the summer. Most of the hotels are closed during the winter season, it is for this reason we do not recommend visiting during the winter months.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit. 

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