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Let’s hike in the footsteps of Bohumil Hrabal!
9 November @ 9:45 am - 6:00 pm
Hello all nature and literature lovers!
I would like to invite you for an easy hike in the Kersko Wood, a large forest about 30 km east of Prague, which is inseparably connected with Bohumil Hrabal.
Apart from the opportunity to enjoy the late fall forest and fresh air, you will learn about the life and work of one of the most translated Czech authors of the 20th century.
Hrabal grew up in the nearby town of Nymburk where his step-father was a manager in the brewery. From 1966 to 1996 Hrabal owned a weekend cottage (chata) in Kersko and wrote here novels like I served the king of England, Too Loud a Solitude or a collection of short stories ‘Snowdrop Festival’ taking place in the Kersko area.
The Czech film director Jiri Menzel adapted several of his books into movies. One of them, ‘Closely Watched Trains‘ won the Oscar for the best foreign movie in 1968.
LOGISTICS & PLAN OF THE DAY
We will meet at 8:45 AM, Prague Masaryk Railway Station (Masarykovo nádraží), in the station hall, by the departures board.
Don’t be late, our train leaves at 9:01!
The train ride to the starting point of the hike takes about an hour.
Apart from a lovely walk in the autumn forest, the main highlight of the hike will be the Hrabal’s former cottage, where he wrote some of his most important novels.
Around 2:00 pm we will have lunch in Hrabalova Hájenka which was made famous by the Menzel’s movie adaptation of the Hrabal’s book The Snowdrop Festival (Slavnosti sněženek).
After the lunch, we will take a bus to the Černý most metro B station. It should arrive there at 16:45.
As always, a delay is possible, so I recommend to plan some buffer time between this trip and your evening program.
DIFFICULTY: Easy (about 12 km of hiking in the flat terrain of the Kersko Wood)
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU: Waterproof shoes and pants you don’t mind getting muddy
PRICE: 350Kč or 150Kč with Discovery Pass*
Includes train/bus fare both ways, trip research, guiding and organization.
Reserve your place on the Discovering Prague & CZ website here:
Children under 16 accompanied by adult pay 150 CZK (create a separate order for them an enter ‘child16’ coupon code at the checkout).
*What is “Discovery Pass”? Learn here:
You can use benefit cards or vouchers to pay for this trip! We accept Sodexo Flexi Pass Card and vouchers, Edenred Card and Multi vouchers and Benefity.cz card! To learn how to pay for Discovering Prague & CZ events with your Employee benefit card and vouchers go to this page: https://discoveringprague.cz/how-to-pay-by-employee-benefits/
I look forward to hiking with you!