Fun Outdoor Adventure Activities in the Czech Republic

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Outdoor Adventure Activities in the Czech Republic

The only places I’d been before in the Czech Republic was Prague and Kutna Hora which I’d visited on long weekend breaks. 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.

Via Ferrata Děčín 

by E&T Abroad 

Via Ferrata Decin in the Czech Republic

The Děčín Ferrata on Pastýřská Wall is near the Bohemian Switzerland National park in the centre of Děčín. It’s directly opposite Děčín Chateau over the River Elbe. There are a total of 14 ways to climb the wall, each of differing length and difficulty. Ferrata is easily accessible, but it does depend on the weather as climbing isn’t allowed if it’s raining, or when the wall is wet.
 
You pay only for the necessary equipment, otherwise, this attraction is free. Climbing the ferrata is suitable for physically fit individuals even without rock climbing experience. If you’re not sure how to hand the equipment you can arrange an experienced guide to explain everything you need to know.
 
You can rent complete Via Ferrata sets for climbing at Bicycle Rental CYKLOPUJCOVNA which is next to the Pastýřská Wall. You can also arrange an instructor who will go with you on ferrata and show you everything. Don’t worry everyone can speak English or German in this rental shop.
 
The best way to get to Děčín is by train as it’s located on the international railroad between Prague and Berlin; all trains stop there. The main train station in Děčín only 15 minutes walk away from Pastýřská Wall

Javoricko Caves

by Quiltripping 

Javoricko Caves in the Olomouc Region, Czech Republic

The Javoricko Caves in the Olomouc Region of Central Moravia is considered to be the most beautiful cave complex in the Czech Republic. A short 0.5 km uphill hike through a cool and shady forest takes you to the cave’s entrance area. A guided tour leads you through a system of huge chambers, corridors, abysses and joints at several height levels.
 
In the process, you will see a variety of amazing stalactite formations in all sorts of shapes and sizes. From a ceiling full of straws to impressive formations in the Cave of Giants to a unique transparent formation called Záclona (Curtain), each room has its own story.
 
The Javoricko Caves are a 45 min drive from Olomouc in the Silesian – Moravian Region of the Czech Republic. There are two tours available: a long tour of 60 minutes for 130 CZK (£4.50) per adult and 70 CZK (£2.40 per child) and a short tour of 40 minutes for 110 CZK (£3.80) per adult and 60 CZK (£2.10) per child.

 

 
The entrance fee to the caves is also covered by the Olomouc Region Card and opening hours can be found on the Javoricko Caves website.

Wakeboarding in the Hradec Kralove Region 

by Wander With Jo

Wakeboarding in the Hradec Kralove Region, Czech RepublicWakeboarding 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

by Drifter Planet 

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 Koprivna

by Can Travel Will Travel

Downhill Drift Triking in KoprivnaNestled in the Jeseniky Mountains in the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic is the Koprivna Resort and Bikepark.

Ski resort by winter, bike park by summer, Koprivna is an adrenaline junkies playground. It offers some excellent downhill mountain biking trails and a drift triking route, both reached by ski-lift.
 
The four downhill mountain forest biking trails total 12 km. They vary in difficulty from the Fun Trail to the Gravity Line and Downhill trails full of roots, stones, bridges and other obstacles. Being my first time downhill mountain biking I opted for the Fun Trail. Harder than I expected, I had to stop and start to get over the trickier bits. I even somehow managed to embarrassingly fall off…from a stationary position. 
 
Running outside of the forested mountain bike trails is a downhill drift trike or ‘Bugina’ track. These low tricycles have no pedals but are propelled or ‘drift’ downhill by gravity alone, all you have to do is steer and keep gently on the brakes. This was a bit less nervewracking than the mountain biking but just as much fun.
 
Bikepark prices are very reasonable at 250 CZK (£8.60) for a half-day pass and 390 CZK (£13.40) for a full day. Mountain bike rental is 400 CZK (£13.75) for half a day and 700 CZK (£24.10) for the full day. 

Downhill Scootering in Bila Opava Valley

by Can Travel Will Travel

Downhill Scootering in Bila Opava ValleyAnother 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 

by Can Travel Will Travel

Electric Mountain Biking in Sumava National ParkThe Sumava 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.

We took a guided 25 km tour to discover Sumava National Park and had the best time exploring the plateaus, peaks, canyons and peatlands that team with flora and fauna. We were grateful for the ‘electric’ part of the bikes on a few occasions as there are some steepish ascents to contend with. And, of course, being in the Czech Republic we couldn’t go the day without a beer so our exertion was broken up with a beer and lunch stop at Brewery Modrava.

 

 

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

Hiking in Bila Opava Valley, Czech RepublicThe 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



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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’s 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.

 

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12 thoughts on “Fun Outdoor Adventure Activities in the Czech Republic

  1. sunsetsandrollercoasters

    We visited Czech Republic last summer and missed all of these fantastic activities! We’ll absolutely have to return.

    1. TanyaKorteling Post author

      Thanks so much again for having us – I just wish we could have stayed longer. Watch this space for my next post with more detail all about our day out e-biking at stay at Bed & Bike Prachatice 🙂

  2. Meghan Ramsey

    This looks like such an adventurous spot! I honestly had no idea but I would love to try all of these things while visiting! I am all about finding the adrenaline pumping activities when traveling too.

    1. TanyaKorteling Post author

      It really is – I could quite happily have spent weeks exploring and trying out everything on offer – sadly there just wasn’t the time to do any more.

    1. TanyaKorteling Post author

      They were loads of fun, except for when my seat came unvelcroed and I ended up skidding part way down the hill on my bum – haha!

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