When you think about spectacular European landscapes, the Czech Republic might not be the first country that springs to mind. However, anyone who’s been there will tell you just how mind-blowing the scenery is.
Hiking in the Czech Republic is a treat. Visitors who venture there can journey through lush forests, around meandering rivers, over towering mountains, and past castles which look like they’re from a fairytale.
The famous Bohemian Paradise has been a draw for creative types for centuries and there are plenty of other places which are just as beautiful. If you’re thinking about visiting the central European destination, here are 6 of the best hiking routes in the Czech Republic to give you inspiration...
Mount Sněžka is situated in the Krkonoše Mountains and, at 1,600m above sea level, it is the highest peak in the Czech Republic. It is a breathtaking route and ideal for mountain hiking in the Czech Republic. The path takes you through stunning forests and the panoramic view from the top is magnificent.
You can start from the foot of the mountain for a more challenging hike or you can take a cable car to around 1,200 above sea level. There are strict rules about not deviating from the path so it is not advised to go wandering around.
Krkonoše National Park
Krkonoše National Park is also located in the Krkonoše mountains. The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site has a number of the best Czech hiking trails which take you over rolling hills, over deep valleys, and through pine forests. There are beautiful waterfalls as well as a vibrant range of plant life and animal life.
Hikers can see various types of butterflies, dragonflies, and birds such as owls and woodpeckers. It is particularly impressive during the summer months when the wildlife is at its most special.
The Bohemian Paradise has drawn artists and writers for centuries. The UNESCO site is renowned for its mystifying rock formations, pine forests, medieval castles, and charming villages. There are numerous paths which make it the best location for a longer walking holiday in the Czech Republic.
The site is the oldest nature reserve in the Czech Republic and has been expanded numerous times. It is 100 kilometers northeast of Prague and easily accessible. One of the most popular routes is a 13-kilometer loop which starts at Dneboh, though you have many options when Hiking around Bohemia.
Beroun to Karlštejn
If you’re looking for a more challenging walking route in the Czech Republic, Beroun to Karlštejn is a red-marked 14-kilometer route which takes you past the magical Karlštejn Castle, the Monastery of St. John, and spectacular limestone gorge.
Karlštejn Castle is one of the Czech Republic’s most popular attractions. It’s a huge Gothic structure built in the 14th century by the King of Bohemia and served as a keeping place for holy relics, crown jewels, and other valuable relics.
The Jizera Mountains, also known as the Izera Mountains, can be found in the north of the country on the Polish border. There’s an extensive network of some of the best hiking routes in the Czech Republic which offer jaw-dropping views including rivers, waterfalls, and reservoirs.
The mountain range also has a number of ski resorts so it’s the ideal place to combine winter hiking with skiing or snowboarding. There are slopes which cover all ranges of difficulty and there are family-friendly options for holidaymakers.
The Opava Valley is near Svätý Hubert (Moravskoslezský), close to both the Polish and Slovakian borders. The route is beautiful but difficult. It features picturesque cascades, rapids, and enchanting forests. If you’re hiking through the Czech Republic it’s definitely worth your time.
The route crosses some charming wooden footbridges, stairs, and ladders (which are inaccessible in winter). Hikers can also pop into Opava which is known as the ‘White Pearl of Silesia’ to see a range of Gothic architectural monuments.