Where to go outdoors

Destinations

  • Bohemian Paradise Nature Park
  • Krkonoše Mountains Harrachov Resort
  • The Prague Green Belt

Bohemian Paradise Nature Park

There are only a few places in Central Europe that can claim to be truly unique, and the Bohemian Paradise Nature Park is one of those places. It has earned the right to such a title because of it‘s unique rock labyrinths, wooded valleys, bizarre sandstone formations, mazes of cool glens, and a remarkable collection of castles & chateauxes. With a lot of area to explore, the Bohemian Paradise Nature Park has become a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and vacation tour operators.

Apart from a full range of outdoor activities, one can also see observe centuries of old traditional glass and jewellery making techniques, historical sights, and interesting towns with entertainment and shopping centres. The Bohemian Paradise Nature Park (CH.K.O. Český Ráj), is situated in the north-east part of the Czech Republic surrounded by the towns of Mladá Boleslav, Jičín and Liberec.

The main town in the park is Turnov, and it is the economic and cultural center of area. Now labelled as the the heart of Bohemian Paradise, Turnov is approximately a 60-minute drive from Prague.

The extraordinary diversity of the landscape with it’s characteristic sandstone rock towns, fauna, and flora areas are the main reason for proclaming the region as the first protected area in the republic (1955). The people living in this area have been known for their excellent craftsmanship with glass and wood products. The glass products from the town of Zelezný Brod, wooden toys and moulds from the wood carvers of Semily, rusks produced in Lomnice nad Popelkou, as well as garnet jewels and precious stones made in Turnov became world renouned.

Krkonoše Mountains Harrachov Resort

The Harrachov resort is located at the western edge of the the Krkonose National Park where the outdoor activities are less restricted by National Park authority than in Spindleruv Mlyn, which is situated in the heart of the National Park. The Harrachov resort has good bike rental shops and a high ropes centre and is a great place for school trips, corporate outings and family getaways.

The accommodations range from facilities with conference rooms to simple lodging in chalets and therefore makes Harrachov the perfect locatio for any kind of outdoor adventure. Harrachov has recently updated many of its services and image. The resort has a newly reconstructed town centre that offers many enjoyable restaurants, cafés, discotheques, bowling, summer swimming pools, and golf course. For those who are not looking for an active getaway, there are many other things to see such as the Harrachov Glass factory, a Ski museum, the Bozkov Caves, or a historic metal-ore mine. The boarders crossing at Harrachov/Jakuszyce allows for days trip to Poland.

The Prague Green Belt

SAZAVA AND KARLSTEJN AREA

With its charming historic sights and captivating natural beauty, this wooded area (framed by the Sazava and Berounka rivers) has attracted nature-lovers and inspired artists for centuries. Nowadays, this area makes a welcome retreat for the citizens of Prague looking for a quick, fresh-air getaway.

By staying in recreational centres just half an hour drive from Prague makes it possible to combine adventure activities with exploring historical sights of the Czech capital.
Team orienteering around Konopiště Chateau? Paddling your canoe through spectacular a canyon of the Sazava River ? A mountain biking trip to Karlštejn Castle ? Or some rock climbing with Prague towers in sight ? Situated just at the cities doorstep, this area is a natural choice for any sort of activity packed tours.