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Bohemian Paradise – 5 nights (with Mala Skala circuit)

  • 6 Night Route

    Price: from £700
    Standard route
  • 5 Night Route

    Price: from £645
    Kost Castle circuit
  • 5 Night Route

    Price: from £645
    Mala Skala circuit
  • 4 Night Route

    Price: from £575

Countryside of the northern borderlands

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The Bohemian Paradise

The Bohemian Paradise

A Bohemian lake

A Bohemian lake



Hrubá Skála

Hrubá Skála

Lunchtime pub

Lunchtime pub

Suché Skály Rocks

Suché Skály Rocks



Kost Castle

Kost Castle



View from Hrubá Skála

View from Hrubá Skála

  • 6 Night Route

    Price: from £700
    Standard route
  • 5 Night Route

    Price: from £645
    Kost Castle circuit
  • 5 Night Route

    Price: from £645
    Mala Skala circuit
  • 4 Night Route

    Price: from £575
Price: from £645
Nights: 5
Walk: 4-5 hrs hr/day

As Canadians, we certainly have more than our fair share of countryside and hiking trails. However, this trip provided us with the opportunity to explore a unique combination of magical forests, majestic sandstone rock formations, fairytale castles and mystical monuments. Many North Americans are familiar with Prague but not too many visit much else of the Czech Republic. On Foot's trip allowed us to step outside of our comfort zone, particularly where language is concerned, and experience a really natural and genuine side to the country, one that the Czech people themselves enjoy.

Victoria Seton, St Lazare, Canada - September 2023

This was a perfect little jewel-box of a walking holiday. Reasonable daily distances, lots of shade and an astonishing variety of things to see and do along the way. We've been walking with you for a while and your experience and value for money has always been so much better than competitors. We are great On Foot fans!

Karen Holt, Utrecht, The Netherlands - September 2023

Customer service was amazingly efficient and attentive. Your company were so good at communicating that there was never a doubt I would use you again.

Sheila Eade, Scunthorpe, UK - August 2023

Well, this came off as one of our favourite holidays! We really liked the mix of hotels, responsiveness of Petr (the local contact) and On Foot Holidays to questions and requests, and the hiking route itself.

Daniel Swedberg, Oakton, USA - July 2023

We took the Alpes Maritimes hike last year and had such a great time we wanted to try another trip. This one was just as wonderful. You guys do a great job selecting accommodations, providing detailed directions and support. I highly recommend you to all our friends!!

Jeanne Pfaff, North Garden, USA - June 2023

Loved the holiday, a total change of scene, super refreshing, beautiful walking, fantastic walking notes. we felt so prepared with all the info from On Foot Holidays.

Sheryl Needham, London, UK - May 2023

It was our third trip with On Foot and you have been spot-on every time. Great locations and well-planned walks.

Nick and Janice Sangster, Forest Lodge, Australia - April 2023

Enjoyable walking in excellent weather through the Rock Towns.

Outstanding was Hotel Hastal in Prague - what a gem. What fantastic service and friendliness. Spotlessly clean.

David Breen, Dumfries, Scotland - April 2022

Everything worked out so perfectly. I suppose we would say the hike was our favorite part, but Prague was so special too.

We enjoyed the rock formations and those days we spent navigating through them. The views were outstanding. We liked the farms we walked through and the small villages.

Barbara Haas, Edmonds, USA - September 2021

We absolutely loved the holiday! The countryside was exquisite and the routes did a bit of everything, each day was different and the mix of the terrain meant we exercised different bits on different days!

We loved the birds, beetles, bugs and the fresh air and fresh drinking water on route. The panoramic views were absolutely amazing and we felt like we saw a new side of the country that not everyone would be fortunate enough to experience. We hardly saw any people on some days so felt like we got away from everything with a fun night in Prague to end it.

Marsha Smith, Nottingham, UK - May 2019

The scenery looked wonderful, and I liked the idea of walking somewhere less frequented by tourists. I like self-guided walking but it was reassuring to know that there was someone for back-up in the unlikely event of any major disasters.

The highlight was spotting a herd of moufflon near the start of our walk at Hruba Skala. Also the rock labyrinths on Mala Skala circuit. Exploring Prachov rock town was excellent.

Elena Bonetti, Hatfield, UK - April 2019

More independent feedback
Self-guided walking holiday in Czech Republic's Bohemia (5 night) with On Foot Holidays

At a glance

5-night version (4 days walking) with 2 nights in Turnov (for Mala Skala circuit) and 1 at Hruba Skala, (so missing Kost castle walk). Suggested add-on - nights in Prague. See 'Prices' tab for what's included.

How much walking?

Full days: 12-18 km per day, 4-5 hrs walking
Using shortening options: 10-18 km per day, 3½-5 hrs

Max. Grade:

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 an ‘easy-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. 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 (with his chums), Harriet, Debbie (and Thomas) and Patrick

REVIEWS: For independent walker reviews of this route submitted to the Association of Independent Tour Operators visit

ARTICLES: Read an article in The Guardian about On Foot’s Bohemian Paradise holiday here.

TRAVEL ADVICE: To find the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for UK citizens travelling to the Czech Republic, click here. Citizens of other nations will also find it useful, but should always check their appropriate local agency.

Route Highlights

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

This route features the following characteristics and interests: Villages and farms, Woods, Drive to route, History

Things you should know

  • Expect hearty fare – this isn’t a good route for particular dietary needs. Vegetarians/vegans may find the food repetitive.
  • The accommodation is typical to middle/eastern-Europe and is short on luxury but full of character. There are no upgrades available other than in Jicin (to a suite) and in Prague.
  • Transfers to and from the route are cheap and efficient, but can be time consuming. Taxis can be pre-booked – please ask us for a quote.

We Recommend

Extra nights in Prague to explore this fascinating city. Do also consider an extra night in Jicin, the 'gateway to the Bohemian Paradise' and discover the home town of Albrecht of Valdštejn...

How much Walking?

Full days: 12-18 km per day, 4-5 hrs walking
Using shortening options: 10-18 km per day, 3½-5 hrs

Generally walking on well-signed paths, with good maps and simple route directions. Short, steep sections in rock labyrinths. The CUSs (below) is higher than easy-medium, but easy navigation brings it down a grade. Highest point on route: 550m.

Average cumulative uphill stretches (CUSs) 482m per day (300m-600m), or 380m (100m-600m) using shortening options.

Acrophobia/vertigo warnings: None – any vertiginous sections are optional.

GPX file available for handheld GPS or smartphone App for complete route.

Important note: Times given for each day are  walking times for an “average” walker and exclude stops.  “CUSs” stands for “Cumulative Uphill Stretches” and measures the aggregated ascents in each day, expressed in metres of climb.  See “Walk Grading” for more information.

When to go?

The best months to walk: April, May, June, July, September, October

Other possible months: August

A continental climate means that the early spring can be cold, but from late April the flowers will start to blossom and later spring and early summer is idyllic. The tree cover on approximately half the route means you are able to do the walking during most of the hot Czech summer (although August can be hot) and the autumn can be lovely with the leaves starting to turn, and some warm days.

IMPORTANT: many attractions are closed on a Monday, so choose your start day carefully if you want to see inside Kost and/or Trosky, in particular.

Start Dates


Weather Chart


Temperature and rainfall chart for Turnov


About the Route

Day 1

Arrive at Turnov, settle in, perhaps have a stroll around the town to determine a suitable Czech hostelry for your hearty supper.

Day 2 - Turnov to Malá Skála

A pleasant day’s introduction to the Bohemian Paradise including a possible visit to a traditional farmstead just outside Turnov, then up above the Jizera river and through woods and fields before reaching your first ruined castle, Frydstejn, closely followed by the Gothic Vranov, just above Mala Skala. At the village itself you have a choice – either explore little Mala Skala and find the excellent pub, or after lunchtime refuelling, continue the walk to take in your first “rock town” at Besedice, with its fine viewpoints across the region, before returning to Mala Skala for an afternoon bus or train back to Turnov. (Medium: 3½ hrs walking (allow 4¾ hrs), 13 km (8 miles), CUSs 430m, excluding Besedice rock town excursion)

Day 3 - Turnov to Hrubá Skála

After climbing out of Turnov, you start with another castle (Valdstejn), then take in rock sculptures and a classic piece of Czech vernacular architecture at Kopicuv’s farm. To finish the afternoon, wind through the “rock town” past viewpoints and a spring, descending to a ravine before climbing back up to the promontory with your accommodation perched on top. (Medium: 3¾ hrs walking (allow 5 hrs), 12 km (7½ miles), CUSs 550m)

Day 4 - Hrubá Skála to Prachov via Trosky

An easy wander through the forests and meadows, past the lake at Vidlak before a climb up to iconic Trosky (the castle of two towers). Then to the eerie solitude of another quiet lake in a forest at Dolni Mlyn. Finally into the woods again around Prachov, and your hotel in the pines. (Medium: 5 hrs walking (allow 6¾ hrs), 18 km (11½ miles), CUSs 600m)

Day 5 - Prachov to Jicín

Your final short (morning’s) walk through the forest, out into the open around Brada and perhaps a climb (for the young at heart) of Zebín; then to wander through the old town of Jicín, a look around its museum and a climb up the gate tower, before a hearty final supper in one of its many recommended restaurants and a good night’s sleep in our chosen hotel. (Medium: 5 hrs walking (allow 6¾ hrs), 15½ km (9½ miles), CUSs 300m. Shorter alternative missing out Zebin – Easy-medium: 3½ hrs walking (allow 4¾ hrs), 10½ km (6½ miles), CUSs 200m.)

Departure day (or Prague)

Leave for home – or maybe spend a night or two in Prague.

Travel Information


Nearest Railway Stations:

Outward: Turnov
Return: Jicin

Typical rail journey from UK via Brussels, Cologne and Prague (~19 hours, ) – then train to Turnov, which can be the slow part of the journey! Alternatively comes up with a multiplicity of possible ways from the north, bookable through them except for the final local train. Returning, Seat 61’s suggested routing (from Prague) looks lovely.


You can leave your car in the open air car park behind the Hotel Karel IV (own risk, no charge, leave keys at reception). Taxi back at end (supplement).


The best airport is Prague.

Land by: 17:00 for bus/train connections to Turnov. Later arrivals are possible but are not recommended. No time limit if using taxi.

Return flight earliest (if leaving from Jicin) 14:00 (departing from Prague, no limit)

Flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner (see below) before finalising any booking with us. Do not book your flights until we have confirmed that we have provisionally reserved accommodation for you.

For up-to-date schedules and flights from all airports check Skyscanner.

See “Getting to the start of the walk” below for transfer information.



Getting to the start of the walk

The first hotel is in Turnov and the final hotel is in Jicin. Best airport is Prague. See below for suggested transfer methods.

Transfers from railway stations:
Outward: Hotel a walk or taxi ride from Turnov mesto station
Return: 15 min walk to train station


Outward: by bus or train 3 hrs, OR Pre-booked taxi transfer from Prague airport to first hotel ~1½ hrs.
Return: Bus and metro to Prague – onward shuttle bus transfer to airport.

For prices of pre-booked taxis see “Prices”.

Full transfer advice, including timetables, is provided in your Walkers’ Pack. Contact us if you would like additional pre-booking information.

Where You'll Stay

A wonderful variety of accommodation is offered on this route, from the simple but friendly, through the grander (and slightly pretentious) ‘chateau’ to a fine family run hotel in Jicin.  Our hotels in Prague are excellent but each is very different – see below.

Turnov – Hotel Karel IV (B&B)

Night 1 & 2

Turnov – Hotel Karel IV (B&B)

Typical Czech town hotel, simple in decor, but friendly.

Hrubá Skála – Chateau Hruba Skala (B&B)

Night 3

Hrubá Skála – Chateau Hruba Skala (B&B)

Baroque chateau with pretensions in spectacular position.

Prachov – Park Hotel Skalni Mesto (B&B)

Night 4

Prachov – Park Hotel Skalni Mesto (B&B)

Pleasant hotel in parkland setting. Small rooms, rather ordinary food but friendly service.

Jicin – Hotel ReStart (B&B)

Night 5

Jicin – Hotel ReStart (B&B)

Modern hotel with excellent facilities a short walk from the city centre.



A few nights in Prague before or after your walk is an excellent idea and we have two accommodation options to offer you.

Hotel Paris
A five-star Art-Nouveau hotel in the heart of the town complete with glittering cocktail bar. The staff are very welcoming (even to muddy-booted walkers!) and the rooms are spacious and well-equipped. The standard rooms are ‘Deluxe’ and then there is the option to upgrade to ‘Executive’ and then ‘Junior Suite’ and beyond, should you wish. Deluxe rooms from c. £110 per person, per night.


Hotel Ventana
A boutique hotel located very close to the Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock. Rooms are a good size and well appointed. If your budget allows it, consider a deluxe skyloft or junior suite for some extra space and rooftop views. Superior rooms from c. £90 per person, per night. No twin rooms (separate beds) but each large bed-frame has separate bedding for two people (see picture below).






Price: from £645 for 5 nights

Total 5 nights (miss one night in Hruba Skala and therefore Kost Castle) in double/twin room, 4 breakfasts (accommodation only in Jicin) and luggage transfers (Turnov to Jicin); full Walkers Pack with route directions, maps, transfer and background information; local telephone support.

All prices are per person unless otherwise indicated, and are based on a standard booking in May. Prices may vary seasonally and a fixed price will be given to you before you commit.

Single Room Supplement (SRS): From £140
Lone Traveller Additional Supplement (LTAS): From £120
Large party saving (LPS): Groups of more than 2 people (on an identical itinerary, on the same booking and booked at the same time) – discount of at least £10 per person
Maximum party size: 10


Add Ons

Taxi Prague airport to first hotel (c. 1.5 hrs): From £125 (1-4 people); £165 (5-8 people)
Taxi from Jicin hotel to Prague hotel: From £110 (1-4 people); £150 (5-8 people)
Taxi from Jicin hotel direct to Prague airport: From £115 (1-4 people); £155 (5-8 people)
Local bus/taxi/train as required: Arrange locally
Sending Walkers Packs to addresses outside the UK:  £20-£60 (per pack, location dependent)

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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 Hoska, who knows the area well.

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