Tips for trips

If you are just looking around, limited by the impossibility of traveling abroad, where it would be nice to spend a few days of vacation, we have a good tip for you - Zatec, a city of hops and beer on the river Ohře, is a cozy small town with many tourist attractions and attractions, one very friendly hotel and a luxury bike path along the Ohře River.

Chimneys and Lookouts

Let's start at Svoboda Square, the arches around the square and two-storey houses give it picturesqueness and is dominated by the town hall with a 47 meter high tower from 1362. 140 steps lead up, and if you climb them, you will be rewarded with a nice view of the city and its preserved monuments. a few peculiarities that Satu Mare is proud of. First, you will probably notice abundance of chimneys that belong to hop dryers. There are over thirty of them and they say they have their names - they can celebrate names ;-). Once a year, the "Hooray for Chimneys" event takes place here, during which mass ascents take place under the leadership of the Association of Czech Chimney Sweeps. For us, more comfortable tourists, however, the town hall tower is enough. In nice weather you can overlook the whole of the Bohemian Central Mountains and it is said that whoever sees the characteristic silhouette of Házmburk Castle can wish for something! It is very likely that his wish will be heard. If you want to look around the region before the reconstruction of the town hall is completed, the lookout tower of the Hop Museum is at your disposal.

Žatec (Pixabay)

Minihoppery and Lupulín Brewing Master

In the information center on the square you can pick up maps and brochures for walks around local monuments and sights. Right behind the information center is the smallest hop garden in the world and there is also the grave of the oldest brewery. It is nicknamed Homo lupulus aka Lojza Lupulín and was named after the botanical name of the hop Humulus lupulus. His tomb was discovered by archaeologists during the reconstruction of the square and it was not only a skeleton, there was also a cup with a volume of 0.492 l and a flat stone with seven scratches. From the fact that the scratches were not crossed out, historians concluded that Lupulin died before he could pay.

You will not miss the striking and dominant plague column on the square and you will probably end the walk in the brewery or at the other end of the town in the Hop Museum.


Where to Rest Your Head?

In the center of all happenings, just one corner from the square, stands the four-star Hotel Zlatý Lev ****. The hotel building itself is a architectural monument from the period of the First Republic, but after reconstruction, which made it a comfortable hotel with excellent services for tired tourists. Guests can relax in the wellness area, which includes a Finnish sauna, a steam bath, a cooling room, an ice fountain, and a whirlpool. There is new Indian restaurant Jaipur. Indian staff prepares there true Indian specialities. Book your seats on time, the company is quickly gaining notoriety.

Zlatý lev, pokoje   Zlatý lev, bar   Zlatý lev, wellness

Trips Around

Cyclists will enjoy the backbone cycle route No. 6, which runs along the Ohře from Litoměřice to Saxony. From Žatec, therefore, on both sides and in both directions, the trail leads to nice excursion places. Stekník Chateau, for example, is one of the hitherto little-known destinations.

Zámek Stekník

The romantically weathered building with a rococo facade lies in a terraced large garden. During the season, there are tours, the highlight of which are frescoes and illusory murals complemented by stucco decor from the Baroque period. Less than two kilometers away is the famous menhir The Enchanted Monk, who is sensitive to various energy currents, this is a place where he will feel strongly.

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Book your stay at Hotel Zlatý Lev****, Oblouková 228, Žatec

GPS: 50°19'40.9"N 13°32'44.6"E


Reception: +420 776 348 000


Hotel Zlatý Lev Žatec

Text: Radka Snížková, Hotel Zlatý Lev****

Photos: archives of Hotel Zlatý Lev****, Pixabay

The highest castle in Bohemia, the largest water area in Bohemia, the largest national park in Bohemia, the largest network of cycling and cycling routes in Bohemia and perhaps the best active holiday in Bohemia.

It is Vítkův Castle, Lipno, and Šumava. You can find everything in Přední Výtoň - a village on the shore of Lipno lake.

Take a bike (we take an older electro-bike) and come to see places where it was not possible for a long time and where everything you can imagine has changed in the last few decades. The emergence of Czechoslovakia, the expulsion of Czechs inland, the expulsion of the Germans into Austria and Germany, the construction of the Lipno lake, the establishment of the border zone, and thus the depopulation of the vast part of eastern Šumava.

Přední Výtoň

Přední Výtoň is a village on the shores of Lake Lipno, it is an ideal starting point for cyclists and hikers, but also lazers by the water. Everything is in one place, you won't know where to look earlier. Ideal for individual, group, school and other tourism offers Hotel AKTIV ***, which is focused onfamilies with children, groups, seminars, trainings, weddings and offers facilities for cyclists. The beach with facilities is only a few minutes away. Winter and summer holidays in Hotel AKTIV *** will not disappoint any client looking for an active vacation.


Vítkův Castle

The highest situated castle in Bohemia (1053 meters above sea level) with the largest preserved tower - donjon of 17.5 × 14 m - offers the most beautiful views of the Bohemian Forest, Lipno, the Novohradské Mountains and in good weather also the Austrian Alps.

Vítkův hrádek

Schwarzenberg Canal

A unique man-made canal connecting one of the tributaries of the Cold Vltava and the Austrian tributary of the Danube Große Mühl, connecting the North Sea and the Black Sea.

Perished Settlements

Rychnůvek, Rožnov, Pernek, and others. Today, we can cross the border to Austria several times on a bike trip and nothing happens.

Lipenské jezero

Built on the Vltava River in the years 1952–1959. With an area of 48.7 km2, it is the largest reservoir and the largest water area in the Czech Republic (which is also sometimes referred to as the Czech Sea). For tourists and cyclists offers unique ferries across the lake, you must definitely experience.


Moldaublick, Alpenblick

Lookout towers just outside the border are accessible both by bike and on foot.

Obec Přední Výtoň

It is located on the right bank of the Lipno Reservoir, 4 km from the Austrian border. The first written record comes from the year 1377. The village has 242 permanent residents. It is an attractive summer and winter tourist destination. The built asphalt bike path that runs along the lake shore will delight not only cyclists and hikers, but also lovers of in-line skating.

Přední Výtoň in winter

Bike Trails and Bike Routes

A plethora of routes from the simplest (cycle and in-line trail Přední Výtoň - Lipno - Frymburk) to the hikes to the highest peaks. You can take a different route everyday.

Walking and Hiking

Marked hiking trails all around.

The Alps from the Treetop Walkway

And quite nearby you will find: Český Krumlov - a UNESCO-listed town, Vyšší Brod - a border town, a paradise for all canoeists with an important monastery, a Lipno dam with a sightseeing route, Austria just a stone's throw away and of course the TREETOP WALKWAY and the FOREST KINGDOM.
In winter, visit three great ski resorts: Hochficht - the best ski resort outside the Alps, Ski Resort LIPNO - the best family resort in the Czech Republic, Sternstein Ski Resort.
You can visit Přední Výtoň, Šumava, Lipno and Hotel AKTIV ***.

Skiing on Lipno

GPS: 48°37'39.8"N 14°10'10.5"E

Source: Hotel AKTIV***

Photos: Hotel AKTIV***, Wikimedia Commons: Martin2035

What is the best Christmas present for a tourist? After all, a holiday voucher! Preferably to a nice hotel in an interesting place, which will not be boring even in bad weather. Want a tip? We have one particular!

Přerov, autor archiv MMPr

The Best of Moravia

UNESCO has noticed two extraordinary monuments in Moravia and it is a well-known fact that as UNESCO notices something, it is worth noting too. First we mention Kroměříž - gardens and archbishop's manor. Its representative halls are so exhibition, opulent, beautiful and rich that they can boldly compete with the Hofburg in Vienna. This is what the filmmakers know, and so many fairy tales and historical films were shot here, such as the famous Amadeus or the recent television series Maria Theresa. When you walk around the castle, you will surely know a lot of places.

Kroměříž (Pixabay)   Olomouc (Pixabay)

The second Moravian monument on the prestigious world list is the baroque plague column in Olomouc, the largest and most beautiful in the country. And by far this is not the only Olomouc magnet for tourists. When you see the city center with the famous pillar, astronomical clock and the Cathedral. Wenceslas, head to the zoo on the Holy Hill or the baroque fortress just across the river Morava.

Where to Stay?

We know a great place, exactly half way between Olomouc and Kromeriz, from every city a stone's throw away. It is LH hotel Jana**** in Přerov. Přerov itself is a quiet, cozy and welcoming town with a historical zone, medieval walls and a chateau with a unique exhibition of old school classes. If you like playing tennis, you can practice on the courts right next to the hotel. For swimmers there is a heated outdoor pool at the hotel. You can then relax on a steamer during a cruise on the Bečva River.

LH hotel Jana

Hotel Jana is ready for rainy days:

  • bowling
  • billiards
  • ping pong
  • darts
  • wellness center with Finnish, hay and bio sauna, salt and aroma steam, whirlpool, Kneipp path, heated benches and relaxing massages can be booked.

Throughout the hotel there is wifi and in every room LCD satellite TV.

bowling   wellness

In the four-star comfort of course there are such things as a bathroom, hairdryer, safe or minibar in the room, but some rooms are equipped with a coffee machine and for all hotel clients is an oasis of the hotel restaurant Fontana! It cooks from the best homemade ingredients. As a confirmation of their uniqueness, the chefs have recipes for Czech specialties checked by other experts and the restaurant now boasts Czech Specials certification! The gastronomic experience will be complemented by a selection of Moravian and French wines.


Something for Bikers

The Bečva Bicycle Trail is 150 km long behind the hotel. The trail is interesting at almost any time of the year and is divided into several sections. Only a very small part of the trail runs across the road, mostly you will drive through peaceful countryside along paved forest and field roads. Bicycles or scooters can be rented at the hotel. You can reach the open-air museum in Rožnov or in the opposite direction to Tovačov Castle.

Přerov, autor Dominik Bachůrek   Přerov, autor archiv MMPr

Přerov, autor archiv MMPr

Put aside couple of days to come here and enjoy a beautiful vacation!

GPS: 49°27'22.8"N 17°28'00.6"E


Source: LH hotel Jana****

Today we invite you for a trip just outside the Czech-Slovak border, at the foot of the Little Carpathians. Our base was the Diana Hotel in Nové Město nad Váhom, from which beautiful castles in the fabulous and gentle countryside of the Central Považie are easily accessible.

Fortified Church with A Leaning Tower

Right in Nove Mesto, there is one of the most interesting sacral monuments we have ever seen. It is a fortified church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. It is late Romanesque, later rebuilt in Gothic style. It is remarkable that his tower is diverted from the vertical axis by a full 107 cm!

Nové Mesto nad Váhom

Cachtice Castle

Only 6 km southwest of the town lies the famous ruins of the Cachtice castle. He was most famous for the mysterious and frightening legend of the Hungarian noblewoman, Elizabeth Bathory, who was said to have bathed in the blood of her maids. We were wondering if the place is really a source of negative energy and whether we are able to feel it in some places. Many sensitizers even warn before visiting the castle, said the local energy zones may cause severe headaches and nausea. We walked through the castle crisscrossing and we could swear - the head didn't hurt anyone. On the contrary, we were enchanted by the view of the beautiful countryside in the area. We were also entertained by a sign posted here to commemorate the filming of Oldřich Lipský's film "The Secret of the Castle in the Carpathians".

čachtický hrad


From Nove Mesto to the other side and the same fantastic ruin - Beckov Castle. He has no bloody legend, so perhaps he is not so well-known, but otherwise he does not deal with Chachtic. Here again, the legend about Catherine is told, which is also the subject of the visitor's game. Playful tourists come to their own place, there are a number of events motivated by the Middle Ages during the season. Visitors can learn about the construction and historical development of the castle from the guides during the tours. But it is best to lie down in the grass, observe the unusual shields of the castle palace, the clouds in the sky and the surrounding hills.

Beckov, Jozef Dovičin   Beckov, Pixabay

Paradise for Bikers

All the surrounding sights and nature can be best known if you have the opportunity to take a bike ride here. The hills here are mild, for moderate cyclists. For an idea: Cachtice castle is situated at an altitude of 360 m. The popular tourist destination along the 20 km long cycle route is Piešťany. In this spa town there is no shortage of cafes, pastry shops, restaurants and refreshments of all kinds, and the calm atmosphere of the landscaped city is literally a balsam for the nerves.

apartment Hotel Diana   Hotel Diana

we rented bikes at Hotel Diana   Hotel Diana

Where to Stay

We recommend to stay Hotel Diana ***. We appreciated the fact that they also accommodated our dog and families could again find a large apartment with a kitchen. The hotel has an excellent location due to all the sights that are in the neighborhood, there is comfort, peace, excellent Slovak cuisine and above all, you will be lent to these bicycles ;-).


GPS: 48°45'17.6"N 17°49'59.3"E

Text: Radka Snížková

Photos: Diana hotel archive, Pixabay, Jozef Dovičin

Just as the Vltava river leaves the border of the capital in the north, it turns right from the castle and small town, graciously set in the green and rocky canyon - Roztoky. The easy accessibility of the historical center of Prague and the location in the beautiful nature reserve makes the solution an ideal place for both life and vacation.

Roztoky Chateau

The small but charming mansion is the adornment and the heart of the whole Solution. The former 13th century fortress with circular walls and the central prismatic tower was rebuilt in the Renaissance period. Arcane arcades were added, and in the 18th century an English park. Today the visitors admire the trench, pulleys and weights of the original drawbridge at the gate, medieval stone lining and also the architecturally valuable interiors in which its exhibition is located in the Central Bohemian Museum.

Roztoky chateau

Serene Valley

At the chateau there is the Uneticky brook. If you go against its current, you will pass through the romantic Silent Valley and the adjoining nature reserve of Únětický Útok Creek. The path leads around many natural attractions, memorable trees and buildings. In the Tiché Valley, you can admire the romantic villas of the early 20th century, built into the hillside and surrounded by landscaped gardens. The path also leads around Trojan's mill. Although this object is private and can not be visited, it may well be familiar to you from outside. May be. In the past, the popular series "There were once two scribes" was filming here.

On the way, you will be accompanied by the educational board of the nature trail, where you can read about the local natural attractions and the history of some buildings that you will pass.

Tiche valley

Sportsmen Are Welcome

Around the Vltava River and the Quiet Valley lead marked cycling routes and are among the most popular in the wider area. The Vltava river is crossed only in one way - ferry. And ferry is a fun diversification of the trip for children and adults, runs daily from 5.40 hrs, in the summer until 18.30 o'clock.

romantic nature in Tiche Valley

For instance, a ride on the right bank of the river to the zoo (about 7 km) is very beautiful. And you don't have to travel solely by bike, the terrain is also suitable for roller skating, jogging or walking. On the opposite side there is a target for the castle settlement Levy Hradec (5 km). Here was the seat of the first Přemyslids and there stands a small ancient church on the site of the original rotunda. From the fortification there is a nice view of the river canyon, it is no wonder that our ancestors chose this place to build a mansion.

church, Levy Hradec   ferry - Roztoky-Klecánky

In Roztoky, golfers, fans of climbing on the artificial wall and tennis also have bowling in Academic Hotelopportunities what to do. Novotou September A multifunctional football field also shines how brand new it is.

A Tip for Vacation

The rivers are connected with Prague by a very convenient transport either by suburban buses (the journey to Dejvice takes just 10 minutes) or by train. Trains along this route run one after another and the journey to Holešovice station takes 10 minutes, to the center of Masarykovo nádraží 20 minutes. Whoever wants to spend their holidays in Prague while enjoying the tranquility of natural suburban locations, Roztoky must be the number one choice for choice.

Academic Hotel   a room, Academic Hotel

Stay at the hotel in Tyršovo Square. The Academic Congress Hotel**** offers spacious rooms with top comfort and air conditioning, high-speed internet access, a sauna, a relax center, a bowling alley and a restaurant. In short, you will be as if you were in heavens.

GPS: 50°09'42.6"N 14°23'31.7"E


Text: Radka Snížková

Photos: Wikimedia Commons: Lukáš Kalista, ŠJů, Jiří Bernard, Jiří Antonín Votýpka, ŠJů (2)

SK: Marian Columns – Stone Witnesses of Victory Over Epidemics
Published: 31.5.2020
Last week we wrote about the history of construction and the symbolism of plague columns in Europe, today we will focus on these sights in Slovakia. Marian columns are the largest here. These are typical of a depiction of the Virgin Mary with a child or a statue of the Immaculate Conception (Immaculate Conception) on top of them.

CZ, Nové Město pod Smrkem – On Bike and On Foot
Published: 28.5.2020
As summer approaches, more and more of us set out on new experiences during our free days. The quarantine is gradually being released, offering more and more opportunities to spend time. This weekend we will look at Nové Město pod Smrkem, which is located in the Liberec region. The city lies in the Jizera Mountains, almost on the border with Poland. There are historic churches, a museum and a mausoleum. However, tourists usually come here for more sporting activities. And so it is with us.

SK, Trnava Region – The Region of Winemaking, Hisotry, and Art III
Published: 27.5.2020
Last week we learned about the Trnava region from a height, we invited you to nature and visited a medieval ruin. Today we are going for a walk through exceptional cities.

CZ, Pernštejn – Moravian Gothic Gem – VIDEO
Published: 26.5.2020
Near the village of Nedvědice stands one of our most impressive Gothic castles, in the Middle Ages the main seat of the influential lords of Pernštejn. Let's go to it together and take a look at the completed generous reconstruction of its gardens.

European Marian Columns – Epidemy Witnessess Made of Stone I
Published: 24.5.2020
In times when we can't go exploring other cultures, it may come in handy to look around. We realize that even in the past, people have had to deal with the pitfalls of diseases that have greatly affected the running of society. Evidence of this are the monuments expressing gratitude. One of these monuments, which we may have perceived in recent years only as meeting points, are the plague columns.

SK, Trnavska Region – The Region of Winemaking, History, and Art II
Published: 20.5.2020
After visiting Trnava last week, today we will set out to explore the surroundings of the picturesque region. We will visit natural places in the form of protected areas, reservations and areas, medieval gems and we will not miss the views from above of this beautiful part of Slovakia.

CZ, Trosky – Ruin in the Bohemian Paradise – VIDEO
Published: 19.5.2020
Even if the castle did not stand on Mount Trosky, it would in itself be a great attraction for tourists. It is a 488 meter high volcano with two cones created by erupting lava. Today, these cones are called Virgo and Baba. The former is younger but taller (even with a tower 518 meters above sea level).

Poland, Wadowice – The Birthplace of the Pope
Published: 17.5.2020
Approximately 50 kilometers southwest of Krakow lies the almost 20,000-strong town of Wadowice, famous as the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla, later Pope John Paul II. Today we will not only follow in the footsteps of the Pope, but also look into history.

CZ, Červené Blato – A Walk Through Unique Peat Bog Forest unikátním rašelinným lesem
Published: 14.5.2020
The peat bog Červené blato located in the melancholic landscape of the Třeboň Basin is an ideal place for a spring trip to nature. At times you will feel like you are in the Nordic taiga, the place also has an interesting history associated with the nearby glassworks in Jiříkov údolí.

SK, Trnava Region – Region of Winemaking, History, and Art I
Published: 13.5.2020
The Trnava region is located in the western part of the Slovak Republic. The area is the second smallest, but it offers more than enough tourist attractions. Lovers of history can take a tour of Trnava, for those who like spa, we recommend a visit to Piešťany, Velký Meder or Galanta, for gourmets and lovers of specific architecture Skalice and for pilgrims is definitely a picturesque stop Šaštín-Stráže.

Poland, Auschwitz - Remembering the Holocaust
Published: 10.5.2020
These days we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. One of the most important milestones in our history is remembered through a visit to the Polish city of Auschwitz, which is located at the mouth of the river Soly to the Vistula in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.

SK, Bratislava Region – Experience in the Small Carpathians III
Published: 6.5.2020
Our last stop in the Bratislava region will be the Marianka pilgrimage site and the Little Carpathian medieval gem - Červený Kameň Castle. We will also visit the breathtaking lookout tower and recommend a family bike trip.

CZ, Bezděz Castle – Royal Residence – VIDEO
Published: 5.5.2020
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Poland, Żywiec – A City of Royal History
Published: 3.5.2020
After visiting the famous brewery, today we will head to the town of Żywiec itself. This city of 30,000 is an ideal starting point for hiking in the Western Beskydy Mountains, it also offers recreation at the picturesque Żywiec Dam and attractive sights with an engaging history.

CZ, Brdce: The Sixth Highest Peak of the Brdy
Published: 30.4.2020
Years ago, Brdce was thought of as a suitable place for an American radar base, but attention then turned to Břízkovec above the Padrť ponds. Fortunately, these plans came to fruition and we can now enjoy beautiful nature in Brdy.

SK, Bratislava Region – Small Carpathian Region of Experiences II
Published: 29.4.2020
Last week we went to explore the Slovak regions. The first of them was Bratislavský, which, despite its relatively small area, offers a number of interesting tips for trips. Today we will continue his visit and we will go to one unusual street and to nature.

CZ, Doubravník – Small Town with Unique Church and History – VIDEO
Published: 28.4.2020
Not far from Pernštejn Castle, along the Svratka River, lies the town of Doubravník. At first glance, you will be fascinated by the majestic Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and there is plenty to discover in the area. Let's go to Doubravník together now.

Poland, Żywiec – Visiting a Brewery from Royal Era
Published: 26.4.2020
This time we will set out to explore southern Poland, more precisely the city of Żywiec, which lies at the confluence of the rivers Koszarawa and Soła in the Silesian Voivodeship. We start in a local brewery founded in 1856, which produces one of the most famous beers in Poland.

CZ, The Ploučnice River – Getting on Water During Quarantene
Published: 23.4.2020
Current unfortunate times do not completely wish classical and often very social canoeing, unfortunately we really can't go rafting with a group today, but the regime is gradually being relaxed, and thus we have the opportunity to take advantage of more interesting outdoor activities.

SK, Bratislava Region - Region of Adventure in the Small Carpahtina Mountains
Published: 22.4.2020
With its area of 2052.6 km², the Bratislava Region is the smallest of all regions of Slovakia. As for natural or historically valuable places, it certainly does not lag behind others.

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