Day 2 - Sandstone ridges... (Norman and Carolyn Lees)
Day 2 - Sandstone ridges... (Norman and Carolyn Lees) 
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£485.00 (2017)
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6 nights
6 B&B
Luggage transfers between hotels (Mala Skala to Jicin)
Easy - Medium
4-6½ hours per day
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Bohemian Paradise (Czech Rep)
Countryside of the northern borderlands
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A self-guided hike through the "Bohemian Paradise", rural and unspoilt, complete with castles and rock labyrinths.


Grade: Easy-medium


Castles, rock labyrinths and fairytales
The 'Bohemian Paradise' is a landscape of meadows, pine forests and extraordinary sandstone rock formations - labyrinths of rock towers through which the walker will wind and clamber.  Although a 'medium' graded route, it is the odd short, sharp climb which tips it over into this category - most of the walking itself is easy. Situated at the northern edge of the Czech Republic, this historically rich area allows the walker a glimpse of rural middle Europe in microcosm. Fairytale castles, each with its own story, punctuate your journey, from Kost - one of the finest examples of its kind - to the volcanic double-coned Trosky.  Moravian wines, local herbal liqueur and of course beer, for which the republic is famed, will, we guarantee, undo all the good work of the walking day. After a stay in the old town of Jicín, you should add a night or two in Prague (not included). Walked by On Foot staff:  Simon, Debbie (and Thomas)


See Annabel's slide show of her 2015 walk


Shorter options:

5 nights:  EITHER miss one night in Turnov (and Day 2's walk) OR one night in Hruba Skala (and Day 4's long circular walk and therefore Kost castle)

4 nights: miss both the above

  • Mysterious rock labyrinths to explore
  • Kost and Trosky castles, many smaller ones to visit
  • Great value food, wine and beer
  • Wooden cottages and baroque châteaux
  • Pine forests, peaceful woodland glades and meadows
  • A few nights in fabulous Prague at the end (supplement)
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Route designed by

Lubomir Hoska

Born in the region, Lubomir has his own travel agency and tour operator business and combines that with being a professional guide. Your local contact is Petr, Mr Hoska's son, and he knows the area well.