Getting away from it all – out of Prague, away from the gridlocked traffic – is a great way to unwind after a hectic week. You can take your car (or the bus, or a train) to somewhere well outside the city and get out in nature. While the good weather lasts, it’s helpful for hikers and would-be hikers to know where they can find trails of varying difficulty to work off the tensions of the week.
Hiking excursions include the following:
This one is so easy, it is accessible to those in wheelchairs. The valley is located in the Šumava region, in the southeastern part of the Czech Republic, along the borders of Germany and Austria. The trail is approximately 7 kilometers long. More information can be found (in English) on the website.
The Sky Walk can be reached either by chair lift, or by one of three hiking trails. The Sky Walk itself is 55 meters high, and definitely not for those with a fear of heights. It resembles a roller coaster without the rails, consisting of several loops of pedestrian walkway. Once at the top, intrepid adventurers can descend to a lower level through the tube-shaped slide, 100 meters in length. It is located in the Dolní Morava resort. The resort’s website, with information on the trails leading to the Sky Walk, is in Czech, English, and Polish. Diana Tower,
This tower, with a stunning view of the spa city of Karlovy Vary and the surrounding countryside, is accessible by a number of paths (and a funicular, for those who prefer to ride up and walk down). Once at the tower, you can spend some time admiring the view before either returning to the city, or continuing to hike along the path behind the tower. The tower area contains a restaurant, for those in need of refreshment. The website is in Czech, English, German, and Russian.
Those who want to explore the Karlovy Vary area further can take a look at this nature monument between Karlovy Vary and Loket. Information boards line the trail, and one of the attractions is a Stone Age fort. The website is in Czech, English, and German.
This is a REALLY big one, but fortunately, it doesn’t have to be tackled all in one go. Trees are marked with three blazes – the top one is white, the middle one is red, and the bottom one is white. Signs are posted to show how far it is to the nearest town. The trail covers the wine country of Southern Moravia, the Lednice-Valtice chateau complex, and the Podyji National Park, among other areas. For those who really want to delve deeply into the widespread network of hiking trails, the Czech Tourist Club offers several maps for sale. The Greenways website is entirely in English.