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14 Mar

Walking Holidays in the Czech Republic

Charles BridgeThe Best of Bohemia on Foot

Step into a landscape of forests and mountains on a picturesque walking tour in this beautiful corner of Europe.

The Czech Republic is bordered by Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia, with which it was once joined as Czechoslovakia. This landlocked nation boasts a rich culture and history and is a popular destination for tourists, particularly its capital city Prague. Step outside the city though and you will find an unspoiled countryside full of forests, mountains and sleepy villages.

Not Sure Where To Start?

Why not set your sights to the north of the country and the area known as the Bohemian Paradise – famous for its sandstone rock formations and castles? Or how about heading for the Krkonoše National Park, which is home to the country’s highest mountain, Mount Sněžka, the queen of Czech mountains, sometimes nicknamed “the Czech Matterhorn” for far-reaching views.

The national park is also home to the source of the Elbe, one of Europe’s longest rivers, which starts out among picturesque mountain meadows. If you are looking for something a little less strenuous then the lakes of South Bohemia could be just the ticket for you, taking in the Sumava National Park full of ancient forests and wildflower meadows. This area is perfect for nature lovers with wild animals and rare flora, glacial lakes and mountains to be seen along the way.

Off The Beaten Track

Whatever style of walking holiday you are looking for, the Czech Republic offers something a little different, full of scenic beauty and truly off the beaten track. Choose from self-guided options from a number of tour operators who have handpicked routes taking in the best sights and selected B&B’s along the way for your overnight accommodation, or be led by knowledgable and experienced guides who can ensure everything is well-planned and runs smoothly on an organised tour.

More to Explore

Famous the world over for its beer, you can work up a thirst and an appetite along well marked walking trails and enjoy great value food and accommodation in this scenic Eastern European destination. With so much fresh air and exercise you’ll be sure to feel refreshed at the end of your vacation with the memory of a peaceful journey through a wonderful and varied landscape.

You can incorporate some time in the beautiful and historic city of Prague at the start or end of your holiday too, stroll along cobbled streets and soak up some culture among fine baroque architecture and the enchanting sights of the Old Town Hall, with its 15th Century astrological clock, the Charles IV Bridge and Prague Castle.

Stay Protected

Don’t forget to pack your walking boots and wet weather gear (just in case) as well as sun cream, a sunhat and sunglasses, as you’ll be outside all day. Also be sure to take out European holiday insurance and apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which allows EU citizens to benefit from reciprocal healthcare agreements among member states.

If walking is your thing, or even if you are just looking for a different, more active style of holiday, then the Czech Republic is a destination well worth considering for your next vacation.