CZECH REPUBLIC - Walking-Hiking Tours (map)
Vienna-Vienna or Vienna-Prague
After meeting in Vienna, your adventure begins when you are whisked away from the city to select locations which touch on Moravia's charms. Explore the wildlife, lakes, gardens, castles, vineyards and trails of Lednice and Valtice, two enormous baroque chateau complexes which have been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Then hike high over the South Moravian landscape in the Palava Highlands, enjoying nature that has been interrupted only by ancient, crumbling castle ruins. These highlands are also worthy of world class status, being recognized and protected by UNESCO as a Biosphere Landscape Reserve. The Bile Karpathy Nature Reserve (White Carpathian Mountains) bordering on Slovakia offers additional hiking opportunities in the area. Then there is the Machocha Abyss, a cave complex lying in the Moravian Karst. It offers a short diversion from your above-ground explorations.
Our longer tours meander through South Bohemia. Before reaching our final destination of Prague, you will become acquainted with two more UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the towns of Telc and Cesky Krumlov. Both are well preserved architectural gems of renaissance splendour. In the Telc area, hike in the evergreen forests of Ceska Kanada. Or perhaps you would prefer a stroll along the empty and silent Austrian border. Flowers, rasperries and blueberries now grow where formerly armed guards of the communist regime patrolled this wilderness border to ensure no person could escape. If you can pull yourself away from Cesky Krumlov's meandering cobblestone streets which have been unchanged for centuries, or from enjoying its breathtaking castle complex located on a bend in the mighty Vltava River, then the nearby Sumava Mountains offer more hiking opportunities for you.
Hike also among the lake district of Trebon, a spa destination for the Czech people. The area possesses a unique history of fish harvesting, brought about by man's own hand in the 14th century when he designed and created this extensive lake and canal system out of swamp land. After your hike enjoy a local beer; they have been brewing it here since the 14th century. A visit to the local glass factory where glass is hand-blown and hand-cut is a possibility. Once in Prague, you can certainly enjoy many more miles hiking, urban style, exploring this magestic city.
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