The only places I’d been before in the Czech Republic was Prague and Kutna Hora which I’d visited on long weekend breaks. Whilst there are lots of places you must see in Prague, as I’d never ventured further afield I was completely unaware of how much more the Czech Republic has to offer outside of the tourist hotspots. I spent two weeks in the Czech Republic for TBEX Europe 2018 with a gaggle of other travel bloggers. First, we explored Ostrava during some pre and post TBEX tours, then after the conference, we headed off in various directions on FAM trips with Czech Tourism and various partners to discover more of the country. It soon became clear that outside of the cities there are a plethora of fun outdoor adventure activities to partake in. Here are some of the exciting and exhilarating activities we experienced in the Czech Republic.
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Wakeboarding in the Hradec Kralove Region
Wakeboarding in the lovely region of Hradec Kralove, as part of my Post Bex tour with Czech Tourism, was simply a blast. As a first time wakeboarder, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. However, as an adventure sports enthusiast, I was excited to give it a whirl.
This adventure is a combination of surfing, water skiing and snowboarding. So, if you excel at either of the three, you would perhaps not fall flat on your face, like I did – several times, at that.
We enjoyed this epic adrenaline rush at the awesome cable wake park in Hradec Kralove.
My experience was a big-time fail as I kept falling and drinking the lake water. However, I would love to try it again and hopefully with some more practice, I can balance myself.
The cost for one hour is 300 CZK (£10.35) and 600 CZK (£20.70) for a full day.
Paddle boating in Seč
Seč is in East Bohemia’s Pardubice region. It is easy to reach Pardubice city from Prague on a train and it takes just one hour. From there, Seč is just 28 KMs away and this journey can be done on a car.
Seč is perfect for those who love nature and adventure. There is a massive lake here that’s made by Seč dam. The lake is also called Seč. We did paddle boating on Seč lake, which was a lot of fun. There is a little island in the middle of the lake and it is easy to reach there by boat. We rented the paddle boats directly from the beach, which costs as low as 10 euros for an hour.
Apart from this, one can also camp right next to Seč beach. There is a campground there where I saw many tents and campervans.
Downhill Mountain Biking and Drift Triking in Kopřivná
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Nestled in the Jeseniky Mountains in the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic is the Kopřivná Resort and Bikepark.
Downhill Scootering in Bila Opava Valley
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Another fantastic adventure to be done in the Jeseniky Mountains a downhill scooter ride from Dlouhé Stráně Reservoir. You start your adventure at Kouty Ski Resort, like other ski resorts in the area is also used for a variety of outdoor adventure activities in the summer.
After taking the ski-lift and a mini-bus up to the base of the Dlouhé Stráně Reservoir you choose your scooter and helmet. Then all there is to do is to speed back downhill, the whole 17 km of it. Yet another first for me, I must say I was pretty nervous to start with and kept picturing myself falling off or flying off the road. After a while, though I became used to it, relaxed and flew down the roads enjoying the breathtaking views. I was quite disappointed when it came to an end and we arrived back at Kouty Ski Resort.
All prices for the ski-lift and scooter rental and opening hours can be found on the Helia Sport Shop website.
Electro Biking in Sumava National Park
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The Šumava National Park in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic along the border with Germany. The perfect way to explore this forested landscape called the ”Green Roof of Europe” is by electric mountain bikes (electro-bikes or e-bikes). The best place to start your adventure is from the town of Prachatice at the welcoming Bed & Bike Prachatice where you can also spend the previous night.
You can take the e-bikes out yourself, or if you prefer a guide can be arranged. There are plans to open up other recharging stations in the Czech Republic, so soon it should be possible to take e-bikes for multiple days or have different start and end points.
E-bike rental is included in the price of the accommodation at Bed & Bike Prachatice and is a steal at just €100 per apartment.
Hiking and Cycling
The Czech Republic is a dense network of hiking trails and cycling routes, some of which are international, passing into and even through neighbouring countries.
There are far too many great hikes and cycle routes to detail here but I did a couple which I really enjoyed. One was a 14 km hike through the Bila Opava Valley to it’s highest peak Praded to spend the night in the TV Transmitter building. The other was through some of the woods and peatlands of Sumava National Park. If you like long distance hikes, one to add to your list is the Golden Path which connects Prague with Salzburg.
Apart from my fun day out on the e-bike the only other opportunity I had to cycle was from Ostrava, across the Polish border to the town of Chalupki. Unfortunately, this ended in disaster as I got caught in a huge storm and had to turn back looking like a drowned rat.
Czech Republic Accommodation
With all these activities to partake in, in the Czech Republic, you’ll need overnight accommodation at some point. For the budget conscious there are over 500 campsites in the Czech Republic, largely located along the myriad of wonderful hiking and cycling routes that navigate the country. The beauty of these is that in addition to traditional pitches for tents, many also offer cabins, standard and luxury bungalows and rooms, and static caravans, etc.
Near to, or in cities and towns you should be able to find something to suit your budget and travel style via accommodation websites such as Booking.com
With such a huge variety of outdoor adventure activities to consider in the Czech Republic (and believe me I’ve only shared a very small sample here). I can guarantee you’ll be spoilt for choice. There’s something for everything, so go and get that adrenaline pumping.
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Have you been to the Czech Republic? What was your favourite outdoor adventure activity?
P.S. If hiking in Europe is your thing, why not walk the Norfolk Coast Path in England. You can read more via the following link:
Product Review Disclosure: Most activities mentioned were complimentary as part of pre and post tours and FAM trips for TBEX Ostrava 2018. These were in collaboration with Czech Tourism and various other partners. This did not influence my post in any way and as always I’ve provided balanced and honest reviews.