Self guided hiking tour in the Bohemian Paradise: enjoy ancient castles, traditional villages, the famous sandstone rock towns and ofcouse Czech beer
Three days of trekking in the beautiful protected nature park Bohemian Paradise (czech: Český ráj) past historic fortresses and castles. You will see a varied cultural landscape along the way, sandstone rock labyrinths and traditional buildings in tiny villages along the 43km long route. Accommodation is provided in hotels or pensions, in private family or private more bedded rooms with own facilities. The starting point is easily accessible by car or by bus, there is also direct connection from Prague several times a day.
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Day 1: Mnichovo Hradiště Castle – Valečov Castle Ruins – Kost Castle
The hiking tour starts in the town of Mnichovo Hradiště. There is a beautiful Renaissance castle with white and red plaster. You can admire collections of paintings, porcelain and ceramics, an old library that was once managed by Giacomo Casanova and the castle park with the church of Saint Anne, where the tomb of the famous czech general Duke of Wallenstein is located.
Following the red route you will reach the ruins of Valecov Castle after five kilometers. The castle was looted during the Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century. The remains of the walls used to be covered with a wooden roof. The next castle on the route is Kost. A well-preserved medieval castle, which has been burnt down and rebuilt countless times – hence its Gothic appearance. Inside you can see the so-called “black kitchen” and a historical collection of weapons. In the high season there are performances by a cheerful medieval theater company and beautiful knight tournaments.
TIP: if you have any energy left: hike through the romantic stream valley Plakánek (Údolí Plakánek).
From your overnight stay you have a view to this castle. In case of insufficient capacity, an alternative accommodation will be offered.
- Distance: 19 km
- Climbing: 296 m
- Descent: 221 m
- Overnight: Hotel Pošta, Sobotka.
Day 2: Castle ruin Trosky – Hrubá Skála castle
Right at the start of the day you will see the most famous dominant of the Bohemian Paradise: Trosky Castle. The route leads you to this castle ruin, which is protected as a national cultural monument.
The castle is built on two volcanic peaks and consists of two towers, which dominate the whole area. The lowest and also the thickest is called Baba (Old woman) and the highest and thinnest is called Panna (Virgin). The towers offer great views over the landscape.
From Trosky you descend to the pond Vidlák. Through the forests you come to the castle Hrubá Skála, in its vicinity are many sandstone rocks that are so typical of this area. Hrubá Skála Castle is built on rocky plateaus and, unlike in the past, you no longer have to walk over a drawbridge to reach the courtyard. You can climb the castle tower to end this day and, with a bit of luck, enjoy a beautiful sunset within this romantic setting.
- Distance: 16 km
- Climbing: 308 m
- Descent: 263 m
- Overnight: Hrubá Skála Castle (upgrade) or Hotel Štekl
Day 3: Valdštejn Castle – Hrubý Rohozec Castle
You walk from Hrubá Skála to the castle Valdštejn past innumerable rocks and rock groups and viewing plateaus, so-called rock cities.
All rocks also have their own names: the Evening Tower, the Kattenkop, the Conductor and so on. And with a little imagination you will also find out why. An imposing stone bridge with Baroque statues of some czech patron saints leads to the gate of the gothic castle Valdštejn. This fortress with its chapel was a popular pilgrimage site. The baroque castle was later renovated in a romantic style. Walking through the woods you come to the town of Turnov. A town known as a fairytale city and where traditionally jewelry with dragged stones (garnets) is produced. They can also be viewed in the local museum.
You walk straight through the city to the castle Hrubý Rohozec, where, among other things, the living and clothing trends from the Renaissance onwards. The castle park invites you to rest in the shade of centuries-old beech trees.
You walk to the station in Turnov where your car is parked and / or where you take the train to continue your journey elsewhere.
- Distance: 7,5 km
- Climbing: 93 m
- Descent: 189 m
- Overnight: none
What's included and excluded?
- 2 overnights in comfortable hotels/pensions - private family/more bedded rooms with own facilities
- 2x dinner
- Map with detailed routes (topographical 1:40.000) and separate detailed route description
- Information package
- Emergency hotline
- ATOL comparable security by SGR (Dutch)
- Tour extension: Overnight stay prior or after the tour
- Parking fee in Turnov
- Train ticket Turnov - Mnichovo Hradiště
- Luggage transport
- Packed lunches
- Entrances to fortresses and castles
4 star hotel reStart is located in Jičín town. It offers a restaurant, fitness center, wellness, bar, free Wi-Fi, family rooms, a children’s playground, room service, a kids’ club and bike rental.
All rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an electric kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk.
- Star rating:
- Website: website
- Address : Valdické Předměstí, 506 01 Jičín, Czechia – Jičín
- Elevation : 289 m
Hotel & Zámek Svijany
It is possible to relax in the chateau garden, which is a retreat from reality for all. The chateau has a permanent exhibition of the archaeology and history of the chateau and its surroundings, the history of beer brewing and the spa industry, the underground and much more.
- Star rating:
- Website: website
- Address : Svijany č.p. 30
463 46, Czechia – Svijany
- Elevation : 387 m
General travel information
Appropriate for regular walkers. Requires reasonable level of fitness. The trip covers an average of 15 km (5-7 hours) of hiking per day, with a possibility of extended walks (read more about explanation of our difficulty grades). There is a possibility to do part of the route per slow train, thus lowering the difficulty grade to Easy.
Minimum age depends ofcourse per kid but we recommand from 12 years.
Route Navigation in the field
You will walk mostly on sandy roads and even some gravel/asphalt paved roads. All trails are well-marked in the field. We advise to follow only the marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. Off trail walking is strongly forbidden. We will provide you with detailed navigation instructions and maps (1:40.000 or 1:25.000). You can call us 24/7 for assistance (however preferably during working hours only).
More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your booking documents.
Best time to go
This trip as available from April until October. In July and August it can sometimes be quite warm so if you want to bus sure to avoid those conditions we recommand april, mai, june, september or even oktober (indian summer :-)). During weekends it is generally a bit more busy at some hot spots like Prachovske Skay and some catles like Trosky and Hruba Skala.
The busiest months are july and august. If you want to travel in that specific term, it is preferable that you book as early as possible. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season, therefore please indicate desired starting date when booking.
The climate is typical for Central Europe. Humid summers with occasional hot spells, and cold, cloudy and humid winters. If you are planning a trip to the Czech Republic, weather will probably be one of your concerns. Czech Republic’s climate is comparable to that of southern inland Canada. Summer in the Czech Republic typically covers the period from June through mid-September. Czech summers are usually mild (20-27°C/70-80°F) and somewhat humid, with the highest temperatures up to 30-35°C/85-95°F (occasionally higher) for short periods. Such heat waves can be expected in July and August. Sudden showers and thunderstorms are common, so bring an umbrella or be prepared to dash for cover.
Recommanded weather information: yr.no
What to bring
We recommend that you travel as light as possible because airlines nowadays charge larges fees for luggage above 15kg. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l backpack) for your daily essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc). Below is a indicative list of what you should bring with you on this trip. More detailed information will be included in your booking information documents. If you need further advice, please contact us or ask at you local outdoor retailer.
- Good hiking boots (we have seen hikers on sneakers though)
- Hiking socks (at least 2 pairs or 3 pairs on the longer trips)
- Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
- Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
- Shoes/slippers – to relax and wear inside accommodation (shower / toilet)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen skin protector and lip salve
- Hat/Baseball cap
- First Aid kit (aspirine, diaria profilact)
- A good book 🙂
Welcome to the guide and map of organic producers – meaning organic farmers and organic food producers who sell their products directly to us, the end consumers. You will also find farms that offer agritourism, excursions and educational programs for schools.
The guide only lists registered organic entrepreneurs – farms, family farms, fruit growers, beekeepers, farm processors and producers who have an BIO certificate for their production and voluntarily pass an annual inspection so that we can assure customers that they are really farming and producing according to the rules of organic farming.
The directory has been compiled and managed by PRO-BIO LIGA with the aim of making it easier for you to buy organic quality home products directly from the yard or from the manufacturer throughout the Czech Republic.
No, in the Czech Republic they use the European type C and E, unlike here in the UK where they use type G. You will need to purchase a travel plug.
There are various options in terms of room choice and comfort during a stay in the Bohemian Paradise.
You can indicate your choice in the booking form. If applicable, a surcharge will be automatically calculated based on your choice. Usually there is no surcharge for the standard room type.
With three or more participants, you can opt for multi-bed rooms with private facilities. This type of room is also known as private family room.
With less than three participants you can choose from single or double rooms with private facilities.
Please note that not all room types are available at all accommodations along the route. Single rooms are sometimes limited available. In some cases, a route adjustment is necessary. We will inform you in advance about the availability of your desired room type and any related route adjustments.
If you want an upgrade from standard **/*** accommodations to luxury **** accommodations, you can indicate this in the booking form. We will then make a tailor-made proposal.
Yes, this package is covered by the SGR guarantee.
As of February 1, 2021, SGR participants will charge a contribution of €5 per person per booking. Because you as a traveler undoubtedly want more information about this, we have prepared a number of frequently asked questions. All questions are answered on the SGR website.
More information about the SGR contribution: see the website of SGR
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A travel organization that is a member of VvKR guarantees a personal approach and focuses on small-scale tourism. This makes all trips unique. In addition, the travel organizations have direct contact with the providers at the destination; hard-working accommodation owners, drivers, cooks and other locals who ensure a fantastic trip. Travel specialists affiliated with VvKR aim to make travel more sustainable. If they sell package tours, they are participants in a guarantee scheme that assures you as a consumer that you will receive a full refund of the prepaid travel money if the tour operator unexpectedly goes bankrupt. In addition, all travel organizations also have compulsory business liability insurance. This means that if something happens during the trip, you are not at risk. This allows you to enjoy your holiday completely carefree!
Small-scale travel organizations are distinguished by their involvement and expertise and stand for a personal approach. Each trip can be completely customized. A big advantage of a nice and good contact with your travel specialist is that they immediately know who you are and you are not a number among many other customers, which makes your trip even more special!
Since a small-scale travel organization stands for one-on-one contact with both the customer and the suppliers on site, the service is also of high quality. If something goes wrong during your trip, the lines are short and your travel specialist will help you immediately.
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In short: the Czech Republic has a temperate continental climate. Compared to the summers in the UK, the summers in the Czech Republic are warmer and more stable.
Climate Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has a temperate continental climate. The temperate is mainly in the summers. They are warm, but not extreme. In the capital Prague, the average temperature in the middle of summer is 23°C. In winter it is cold. In January, the coldest month, the mercury rarely rises above zero. Because the ocean is fairly close, there is plenty of winter fun to be had in winter due to the moist, cold air. There are more than enough winter sports options in the Bohemian Forest and the Giant Mountains.
In the Czech Republic there are about 200 charging points of Prazká Energetika A.S. (CEZ)
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