Are you not sure where to go in the Sumava? In case car is not a option for you, Mount Spicak and its surroundings are great option. The nature is amazing, vistas great and there are two glacial lakes.
Mount Spicak (1 205 m) is one of the highest peaks in the Sumavamountains on the Bohemian territory. There is one of the best ski resorts which operates a bike downhill park in summer. Ski slopes on Spicak have 8.4 kilometers in total length. The longest one has 1 800 meters on 337 meters of elevation.
Let's see what hiking trips you can make here. Be sure to set off to Certovo Lake or Cerne Lake which is bit more far away. The latter is the largest natural lake (18,43 hectares) in Bohemia. Here you will walk through beautiful, in the last decade almost intact, spruce forest.
It is worth going up to the observation tower on the summit of Spicak. The tower was built here in 2014. On the top of the tower you get an amazing vista of all directions – you may see Jezerni mountain and Velky Javor, the latter being the highest peak in the Sumava, however, situatd in Germany. In good visibility you can see as far as Posumavi region when looking in the direction to Klatovy.
You can easily travel to Spicak by train from Prague, Pilsen or Klatovy. The ride itself is worth experiencing. Once you leave Klatovy, the train goes uphill through quiant landscape of the Sumava slopes. The vistas you get on the train are getting increasingyl splendid as you approach the Sumava. The train rides through what used to be the longest tunnel in the Czech Republic when getting closer to Spicak. This one-rail tunnel is situated on Klatovy – Zelezna Ruda track. Between 1877 and 2007, it was the longest tunnel in Bohemia with its 1747 meters. The tunnels of the Nove Spojeni in Prague are only slightly longer.
To conclude we would like to give you a tip – they make splendid home-made blueberry dumplings at the Spicak train station. Blueberries are picked in forests around. Have a taste of it. You won't regret.
Many parts of the Bohemian Forest belong to those corners of the Czech Republic that are still waiting to be discovered. Let's walk together on a beautiful nature trail near Domažlice. At a time when spring was only slowly beginning to fight winter.
On the border of the Šumava Nature Park and the Kochánov Nature Park you can find a village called Javorná next to the main road from Klatovy to Železná Ruda. Stop for a moment at the local church of st. Anna with unique shingle towers or Javorna straight as a great base for walking and cycling around.
The town was founded embraced by the wide valley of the Otava River under the Svatobor ridge as early as the arrival of the Slavs. The wealth of Sušice brought mostly gold panning in the Otava and the Golden Path. But the most famous dry goods are undoubtedly Solo matches. The factory for their production was built in 1839 in the city and operated until 2008.
No matter what direction you come to Sušice, the Stráž hill with the Chapel of the Holy Guardian Angels cannot be overlooked. Together with Svatobor, it belongs to the unmistakable landmarks of this town of Šumava.
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.
Quarantine gives us basically the only way to enjoy the fresh air, and these are walks in the wild, ideally in places where we will be alone. Let's stop panicking for a while and let us enjoy the quiet observation of the awakening nature. It is beauty!
Among places we want to visit due to their beauty is also area of Povydri in Sumava. There Zlatatrail used to be. It was an important trade route connecting Podunaji and Czech lands. Turner’s Cottage (Turnerhütte) was one of the places where trade caravans spent nights and refreshed.
Handsome decorating peaks of Sumava is the highest standing royal castle in Bohemia. Kasperk Castle seems unconquerable to many tourists even today when it is not necessary to defend against enemy attacks.
A town near Castle Kasperk, well, actually below it, is a gem of Sumava. Right at the first sight many tourists fall in love with it. It is an ideal base camp for trips to the surroundings; either by walk or by bike.
Susice is famous for its factory on matches production. Among the paddlers it is known for its camp. It is from there when many of them start their journey on the Otava river. Its locationa on the very border with Sumava National Park and Landscape Park Sumava makes it important for tourism.
Near Pilsen, in the small town of Plasy, there is a cistercian monastery founded by Vladislav II. In 1421, however, the Hussites burned it down. The Baroque appearance of the monastery and adjacent buildings is the work of the architects Jan Blazej Santini-Aichel and Jean Baptist Mathey, who from 1661 to 1739 led the rebuilding works of the monastery to the form we may see today.
Kvilda is a small alpine town with an old history of gold placer mining crossed by the Golden route, a trading route. Today it is a busy and popular tourist center, it is an area of marshlands, mixed forests and neighboring towns that together create an area known as Kvildsko. It is a region at 1000 meters above the sea level with a calm climate and despite this fact you can find here many rare plants.