Top 5 Alternative Czech Nature Tours

Are you travelling to the Czechia this summer? And do you want to visit some extraordinary and unusual places if so? Then here you go! The second article by the Czech Centre Bucharest, this time about the most interesting Czech rural and provincial destinations.

Find the first article about architectural monuments in Prague: here.
By Jakub Charousek

Hydroelectric plant Dlouhé Stráně.

Jeseníky Mountains
The Jeseníky Mountains are home to two unique places of interest. The first is the pumped hydroelectric storage plant Dlouhé Stráně. One of the seven wonders of the Czech Republic, the upper reservoir, located at an altitude of 1,350 meters on Mravenečník Mountain attracts a lot of attention. The second site is Praděd, the highest mountain in Moravia and the fifth highest mountain in Czechia, although if you also count the height of the tower of the Praděd transmitter, then Praděd is the highest peak in all of Czechia.

Praděd – the transmitter and the tower.

South Bohemia
South Bohemia is not just Chateau Český Krumlov and Hluboká nad Vltavou, which you can find in every travel guide. Visit the Třeboň region and its unique pond system (part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves). The landscape around the more than 500 ponds is ideal for cycling and walking. Another non-traditional tourist destination is that of the water dams on Vltava river. The reservoirs are very popular for camping, swimming and water sports; for example, check out the largest one called Orlík, online.

Žďákov Bridge – steel arch bridge.

Central Bohemian Uplands
Beautiful volcanic cones rising from the peaceful lowlands around the River Labe, yellow hilltops crowned with the ruins of medieval castles; these are just a few examples of what you will find in the Central Bohemian Uplands. One of the most interesting spots is Boreč hill, situated only 6 km from Lovosice. The hill is a natural accumulator of thermal energy because of its labyrinth of deep clefts. This means athat the air inside of the clefts remains at the same temperature, no matter what season of the year it is. This phenomenon influences the hill’s environs, making the ecosystems on the hill unique.

Boreč – natural accumulator of thermal energy.

The Broumov
Region Broumov is a small town, situated in the east of the Krkonoše Mountains, close to the borders with Poland. Around the year 1710, Otmar Zinke, a capable representative of the Benedictine Břevnov-Broumov Abbey, initiated the construction of nine churches in the region. Built by the famous Czech baroque architects Kryštof and Kilián Ignác Dienzenhofer, the churches perfectly complement the landscape of the area. Also, exactly on the Czech-Polish borders there are the Adršpach-Teplice Rocks on the Czech side and Park Krajobrazowy Sudety Wałbrzyskie on the Polish side. Both locations are rich in weird and beautiful rock formations and interesting as well as beautiful places. The rocks have names such as the Mayor and Mayoress, the Eagle’s Nest, the Tooth and the Devil’s Bridge and you can also visit the Great Waterfall.

Adršpach-Teplice Rocks – an unusual set of sandstone formations.

Hradec Králové
Hradec Králové, the so-called Salon of the Republic and also the eighth biggest city in Czechia, is a unique combination of history, modern architecture of the 1920s, parks and forests. There are beautiful parks on the confluence of the Labe and Orlice rivers and huge pine forests around the city, ideal for cycling, roller skating and all other outdoor activities. The church and the White Tower on the main square dominate the city centre. The modern face of Hradec Králové was built in the Art Nouveau and Functionalist styles by the world famous architects Jan Kotěra and Josef Gočár. Their unusual urban planning concept evokes admiration to this very day, and is responsible for the city’s appelation of the Salon of the Republic. Also, if you find yourself in Hradec Králové, don’t forget to visit the freshly renovated Gallery of Modern Art. There you can see works by masters such as the genius of Art Nouveau Alfons Mucha, the renowned pioneer of abstract painting and graphic artist František Kupka and the superlative Cubist painter (and best-selling artist in Czechia) Emil Filla.

This church, in the centre of the city of Hradec Králové, is dedicated to Saint Michael the Archanagel as an Orthodox church.