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Sometimes, the best way to see a place is by foot. Especially for one of the better-known areas of Europe, the fairytale-like stretch between Vienna and Prague on the Greenway, there is so much to be seen that whizzing by it on a vehicle is not giving it the time it needs. Luckily, Pure Adventures Tours has curated an 8-day self-guided hiking tour through the best hiking regions on the this central and eastern European getaway. For hikers capable of covering up to 6 miles (10 km) per day, the trip is a visual delight. We do the work for you — selecting the most attractive hiking trails in the Czech Republic’s old span of 100-year-old greenways. Starting in Vienna, we help you get to Prague via bus transfers after your days spent hiking through the historical sites, vineyards, towering castles and charming towns that make this area of Europe so unique. Book your self-guided hiking vacation today with Pure Adventures Tours.
Fly into Vienna (closest) or Prague, train to Breclav to meet tour’s start coordinator. Tour finishes in Cesky Krumlov, bus to Prague.
Note: Prague is not included – please contact us for special rates.
About: Standard offering includes charming 3 & 4 star guest houses and small hotels. A number of dining options exist in or within short walk of each property. All accommodations include private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Upgraded lodging options may be available; inquire at time of booking.
Local Expert: Tomas is our man on the ground in the Czech Republic; we have worked with him for more than 10 years now and he knows his country and these routes by heart! A native of the Czech Republic, Tomas is fluent in Englis and looks forward to welcoming you to his beautiful country!
Need to Know:
After arrival to Vienna (Prague) take the train to Breclav, where you will be picked up by your program coordinator and driven to Valtice. They will introduce you to the program and give you all the information and navigation materials needed for your hiking tour!
Highlights: train to Valtice, arrival & orientation
Start by touring the Baroque Valtice chateau, then follow the path through fields, vineyards and forest. See the romantic follies on the way to Lednice, and wrap up your day in the Gothic Revival Chateau of Lednice, one of the most ornate examples of this historical architectural style. Afternoon transfer to Mikulov.
Distance: 7 km / 11 miles
Highlights: Baroque Valtice chatueau tour, vineyards, follies & forest, Lednice
Walk along the Palava Hills through the ruins of Divci Hrady (Maiden’s Castles) and across Devin, the highest point of the Palava Hills (550 m). After crossing the “saddle” you arrive at the ruins of Sirotci Hradek (Orphan castle). From there, climb to Tabulova Hill and over Turold Hill down to Mikulov, a magic castle town surrounded by vineyards.
Highlights: Pavlava Hills, ruins & castle with vineyards
Distance: 10 km / 6 miles
Morning transfer by car from Mikulov to Cizov. Take in the unspoiled beauty of Podyji National Park. The trail starts in the village of Cizov, where you can see the last remnant of the Iron Curtain, continues on to the Austrian village of Hardegg with its ancient castle and a sweeping view of the Dyje valley, and then leads back to Vranov nad Dyji. Finish your day with a tour of the magnificent Baroque chateau in Vranov, perched atop a cliff over the Dyje River. Late afternoon transfer by car from Vranov to Telc.
Distance: 14 km / 9 miles
Highlights: Podyji National Park hiking, Hardegg castle, Baroque chateau tour
Transfer by train from Telc to Slavonice, a forgotten jewel with sgraffito houses. The hiking trail begins in the town and finishes at the castle of Landstejn. On the way, you will see an interesting outdoor museum of military bunkers that were built along the Czech borders in the 1930’s. You will have a short transfer by car from Landstejn to the town of Nova Bystrice to take the quaint narrow-gauge railway dating from 1897, which winds through the sparsely inhabited, forested region called “Czech Canada.”
Distance: 12 km / 7 miles
Highlights: Slavonice hiking, museum, historic narrow-gauge RR, Landstejn castle
Overnight: Jindrichuv Hradec
First, take in the historic town and castle of Jindrichuv Hradec, then continue through the mosaic of ponds, woods and meadows of the Bohemia Lake District and its capital, Trebon, a medieval city whose walls are still largely intact. The trail leads around Svet, a man-made lake and an engineering wonder of the 16th century. The hiking tour ends in the village of Kojakovice with interesting local village museum. Late afternoon transfer by car from Kojakovice to Cesky Krumlov.
Distance: 14 km / 9 miles
Highlights: historic town & castle, Bohemia Lake District, medieval features, museum visit
Overnight: Cesky Krumlov
Morning transfer by train from Cesky Krumlov to Zlata Koruna, which is famous for its monastery. You continue over the highest peak of the Blanský Forest: Klet, with a restaurant, a lookout tower and an astronomical observatory. Then hike back to Cesky Krumlov.
Distance: 16 km / 10 miles
Highlights: monastery in Zlata Koruna, high peak of Klet with lookout tower
Overnight: Cesky Krumlov
Our recommended program gives you ample time to enjoy all that Cesky Krumlov has to offer within one day. Late afternoon transfer by bus from Cesky Krumlov to Prague.
Self Guided Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)
Superior Three & Four Star Hotels:
Guided Trips: This tour offers departures that are guided that individuals, such as solo travelers, can join others with the assistance of a guide. Limited dates are available.
Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but need to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!
We greatly enjoyed our walk and that the local people who planned and managed the walk were amazing. All the drivers were always exactly on time and were very polite except for the last one who drove way too fast. The places were stayed were all fine. And everyday was a new adventure. Thank you for helping to arrange this trip!
We were on a self guided tour but found many excellent dining options. We used many of the recommendations provided by the self guided tour, all were excellent.
The hotels were all great, a little fancier than what we would book ourselves. Staff were always excellent, especially at the smaller hotels along the way. The breakfasts were fantastic. Loren and team were very helpful in organizing our trip.
We’ve done several Pure Adventures Self Guided adventures. This ranked at the top for local organizational details, accommodations, scenic backcountry bike paths and roads, history and itinerary. I would highly recommend Chez Republic 8 Day Vienna-Prague!!!!