Hiking the Bohemian Paradise sandstone rock townsThe landscape of the Bohemian Paradise is proudly featured on the UNESCO natural heritage list. Do one of the Great Walks (94 km), which connect the most special and interesting places. You don't walk along amazing nature only, but also past little lakes, the famous rock formations, through forests, ancient castles and picturesque little villages. The hike is suitable for all fit walkers, who do not mind wavy terrain.
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Six 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 94 km 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.
- 6 overnights with breakfast in comfortable hotels/pensions in private
- multi-person rooms / family rooms with own facilities
- Map with detailed routes (topographical 1:40.000) and separate detailed route description
- Information package
- Emergency hotline
- Luggage storage costs at the first overnight address in Jičín
- ATOL comparable security by SGR (Dutch)
- Possible parking costs in Jičín
- Entrance fee to Prachovské skály rock labyrinth, castles and other monuments
- Train ticket - to be bought from the conductor on the train - necessary for the local transfer back to Jičín.
- Luggage transport costs (possible to book)
- Lunches and dinners
Day 1 On the Trail of count Wallenstein
Arrival and check-in at a hotel in the center of the town of Jičín - gateway to the Bohemian Paradise nature reserve. The town experienced its “golden age” in the first half of the 17th century during the reign of Albrecht z Valdštejna (Wallenstein, Czech count and general). He had great intentions in developing this area. He built his residence here on the square. His death brought an end to his grand plans. Tip: the town of Jičín is nice to wander around for half a day and to do some shopping. There are also various facilities such as a museum, a watchtower, a swimming paradise, various restaurants and terraces. If you arrive early on day 1 and for whatever reason are bored, you can already take an advance on the walking of day 2: go by bus or with your car to one of the most beautiful places of the Bohemian Paradise : the Stone Town of Prachov and take one of the two recommended loop routes there. It’s an enchanting rock maze!
- Overnight: Hotel Rieger, Hotel reStart (upgrade)
Day 2 Wander Through the 'Stone City'
An ancient double avenue of truncated linden shows you the way out of the city of Jičín. Today you will visit one of the most beautiful places of the Bohemian Paradise: the Stone Town of Prachov , a complex of sandstone rocks in different shapes with an area of 190ha. Prachov rocks are sandstone pillars that stand close to each other, you get the feeling that you are walking between the towering buildings of a city – hence the name “rock city”.
- Distance: 13 km
- Climbing: 412 m
- Descent: 287 m
- Overnight: Parkhotel Skalní město
Kilometers can be extended with an extra loops in Prachovské skály rock labyrinth.
Day 3 Along the Stream
After visiting the ruins of the Gothic castle Pařez and reaching the Mladějov village, you enter the romantic valley of the Žehrovka river. During the walk through the wooded valley you will experience the tranquility of nature and the beauty of the ponds.
- Distance: 19 km
- Climbing: 315 m
- Descent: 426 m
- Overnight: hotel Pošta/Sobotka or hotel Ort/Libošovice
Day 4 Back to the Middle Ages, 'Old Witch' & 'Beautiful Virgin'
Today’s aim is Hrubá Skála Castle, nowadays a chic hotel and restaurant. From the tower of the Hrubá Skála castle you can see the Trosky castle ruins in the distance. From that fortress, with one fat (the old witch) and one thin tower (the beautiful maiden), the rulers in the past had control over the entire area. Today they are the symbol of the area.
Tip: castle ruins Trosky is very impressive to see, but given the kilometer schedule of the day, we have chosen to include Trosky in the route as an extra loop. If you get to the Věžické údolí – junction. You can choose to run the extra loop. You have to count on about 5 kilometers extra, with at the end a very big calf bite to the top of the basalt rocks on which Trosky is built.
Overnight: Štekl hotel, Hrubá skála castle (upgrade accomm., at least two nights are required during summer months June, July, August. Booking a room in this hotel requires adjustment of hiking route on day 5 6.
Overnight: Hotel Štekl (only upgrade rooms), guest house Stará škola (standard), hotel Hrubá Skála (additional conditions apply: upgrade, minimum 2 nights stay, if you choose castle hotel Hrubá skála, we always make a tailor-made offer)
- Distance: 23 km
- Climbing: 508 m
- Descent: 448 m
- Overnight: Štekl hotel, Hrubá skála castle (please note: upgrade rooms only, at least two nights are required during summer months June, July, August. Booking a room in this unique hotel means also adjustment of hiking route on day 5 6.
Day 5 Over the Kozákov hill (744 m) to Malá Skála village
In the morning you start a tough day trip to the highest peak of the Bohemian Paradise: Kozákov (744m). At the start of the day you leave the woods and walk in open landscapes and through many lovely villages. Gradually you ascend higher and higher and on the mountain Kozákov where you will eventually be rewarded with beautiful panoramas. You slowly descend again via the red route to the town of Malá Skála in teh valley Jizera river. Along the way you will pass imposing rocks of Chleviste in Besedice – also called rock maze.
- Distance: 21 km
- Climbing: 696 m
- Descent: 788 m
- Overnight: Skala hotel, Neco penzion
Day 6 The Heart of the Bohemian Paradise - Turnov
The red marked route leads to the castle ruins of Frýdštejn, which stands high above Malá Skála. From there you will return to the river valley and visit the city of Turnov. If you want to save some 6 km, you can jump on a blue marked route leading to a little settlement called “Záborčí” right from the village centre. You can do so by crossing the bridge over Jizera and walking up the steep path, which joins the original red marked route shortly. After visitting Turnov you return to nature and after only a few kilometers you are on top of the Hlavatice watchtower, and a few kilometers further you reach the castle ruins Valdštejn, which stands on a rocky cliff. From Valdštejn you descend to Sedmihorky where you take the (slow) train back to Jičín, quite an experience in itself!
Train journey back to Jičín can be done also from station Turnov-město, which enables you to cut the route by approx. 7 km.
- Distance: 12-24 km
- Climbing: 564 m
- Descent: 572 m
- Overnight: Hotel Rieger, Hotel reStart (upgrade)
Day 7 Departure
After breakfast, departure to your next destination …
- Overnight: none