Natural Beauties

Prague

Vrtba Garden

image1 Together with three other Baroque gardens (Vratislav, Schönborn and Lobkowicz), the Vrtba Garden is situated on the slope of Petřín Hill and is one of the most precious and beautiful of Prague’s Baroque gardens. The creation of this magnificent palace garden is associated with the construction boom around 1720. The garden was designed by František Kaňka, who first renovated the palace for Jan Josef, Count of Vrtba and then created the garden. The statue and sculpture decorations were created by Matyáš Bernard Braun.

Admission  2.6 €

The Průhonice Park

image2 The natural park (the area of 250 hectares) was founded in the year 1885 by the Count Arnošt Emanuel Silva-Tarouca. He took advantage of the miscellaneous valley of the stream Botic. He introduced both native and woody species to the park. He combined woody plants, groups of trees and brushes with meadows, ponds, streams and their dead meanders. The result of his lifelong hard work is an original masterpiece of garden landscape architecture of worldwide importance.

Apart from its artistic and historic significance, the park is also valuable from the dendrological point of view with its collection of about 1.600 species of local and exotic plants. The collection of rhododendrons is particularly unique. There are about 8.000 rhododendrons within 100 taxa and cultivars.

Admission 3.2 €

Prague Botanical Garden

image3 The Garden invites its visitors to see and enjoy open air exhibitions, arranged as an impressive park, the historical Vineyard of St. Claire, Japanese Garden, the tropical greenhouse Fata Morgana together with numerous festive and educational events.

The Garden is under continuous development, new expositions are emerging. During a walk through these gardens, you will be inspired, get new energy and shake all of your stress and rush. These gardens will heal your soul!

Admission  6 €

Palace Gardens in Prague

image4 Get to know a little piece of paradise in the Palace Gardens in the Lesser Quarter. The fragrance of bushes in bloom, the rustling of branches in the wind, elegant architecture, fountains, winding stairways, proud peacocks warming themselves in the sun and breathtaking views, these are the Palace Gardens in Prague, some of the most beautiful the city of a hundred spires has to offer. Enter an intimate world of unearthly calm and get to know one of the wonders of European landscape gardening!

Admission  3.6 €

Central Bohemia

Koněprusy Caves

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Enjoy an exciting journey deep into the Earth at the Koněprusy Caves!

Take a trip into this landscape of spectacular precipices, bottomless canyons and vertical cliffs, beneath which lurks a fascinating world of caves with marvellous dripstone decoration. Located a mere 30km from Prague, the Koněprusy Caves aren’t just the longest known cave system in Bohemia, they’re also steeped in many myths and legends. It will be an unforgettable and amazing experience for you!

Admission 5.2 €

Bike Tour in Veltrusy Gardens

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The chateau park is situated on a river island with an area of nearly three hundred hectares. Within this bike tour, which is about 9 km long, you will have the opportunity see the whole area of this beautiful park. Visiting architectural and natural attractions, romantic pavilions and other buildings, you will relax yourself and get new energy. You will have a chance to familiarize yourselves with the concept of natural parkland, where the wild nature is combined with the human work.

Admission  4.4 €

Solvay’s Quarryimage7

Museum of mining and transport of limestone in the Czech Karst is designed as an open-air museum in the wild nature, which consists of several buildings – former operations and technology buildings and a reconstructed narrow-gauge railway.

The biggest attractions are the field quarry railway with 600 mm gauge, which can be used by visitors for a tour, and also underground tunnel. Guided tour lasts 75 to 90 minutes, it begins by a tour of the museum, followed by a ride fracture cruise and finishes by a tour of the underground tunnels.

Admission 2.4 €

Křivoklátsko and Rakovnicko

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Dense forests, massive rocks, mysterious castles and ruins as well as the wide and calm River Berounka flowing through the whole of the Křivoklátsko and Rakovnicko region – this is how you could describe one of the most beautiful regions lying on the border of Central, West and North Bohemia. Get to know this emerald gem of Europe – the Protected Landscape Area of Křivoklátsko – and discover the history of the Gothic Křivoklát Castle. In this region intersected by a great number of cycle paths and hiking routes, hops of the highest global quality and with a subtle aroma are also cultivated.

West Bohemia

Botanical garden in Bečov

The area of 9 hectares had been one of the most important collections of historical gardens in the country before the World War II. Grape Garden was established by the last owner of the estate Henry Beaufort-Spontin and his wife Mary (Mary’s father was Beaufort Count Arnost Emanuel Silva-Tarouca, founder of Pruhonice park in Prague). The original name was „Beaufort rock garden and pond garden in the Crown“. Since the second world war the park was not maintained and almost all of the precious vegetation disappeared. Currently, the garden are kept alive thanks to the work of volunteers CUNC Berkut and in 2014 was admitted into the Union of Botanical Gardens.

Admisssion 2 €

Soos Nature Reserve

image10The Soos National Nature Reserve lies not far from Františkové Lázně. The vast peat bogs with lakes, mineral springs and gaseous carbon dioxide springs are reminiscent of a prehistoric landscape. The most interesting places include a nature trail that leads directly above the bogs along meandering wooden walkways. You can see a natural geological park, a museum dedicated to the local nature, the history of the Earth and an exhibition of life-size models of prehistoric animals.

Admission 3.6 €

Plzeň Zoo and DinoPark

image11Plzeň Zoo is not just any zoo, but a zoogeographical nature park connected to botanical gardens, where you’ll find many rarities; many of the animals reared in Plzeň cannot be found in any other zoo in the Czech Republic! You’ll love the bear-pit, lemur island, Lüftnerka pavilion, with many animals found in the Czech Republic, or the chimpanzee and lion enclosures. Visitors can also drop by at the Kiboko African restaurant or one of the several children’s playgrounds and attractions. You can also get about on the zoo’s tourist train. The zoo includes a DinoPark with life-size models of prehistoric animals, a 3D cinema and paleontological playground for children.

Admission  8.8 €

Šumava Natural Park

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Leave the hurried pace of civilization behind for a few hours or a few days and set off to discover the beauty of Šumava. Breathe in the fresh air of its deep forests, clear your mind by gazing at the shimmering surfaces of glacial lakes, and draw energy from the distant views of untouched nature. Šumava is simply an ideal place for an active holiday, whether you pursue it on foot or bike. Just choose a route and leave all your worries behind!

Where can you go to take in as much of the beauty of the Šumava National Park as possible? The possibilities are endless. Among the greatest treasures of Šumava are its lakes. You will find a total of five here. An excellent starting point for exploring them is the town of Železná Ruda. A marked trail leads from here all the way to Černé jezero (Black Lake), which is also the largest of the lakes. Climbing a steep, rocky path past the main European watershed you will arrive at Čertovo jezero (Devil’s Lake), which is the least accessible of them all, but thanks to its crystal-clear water and surrounding dark forests it is also the most beautiful. Along the hiking trail you can also head to the highest waterfall in Šumava, Bílá Strž (White Ravine), whose waters fall into the valley of the Bílý potok (White Stream) from a height of 13 metres.

Nothern and Eastern Bohemia

Bohemian Switzerland

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A mystical landscape of pine forests and deep valleys, with majestic rock towers, gates, walls, ravines, rock cities and labyrinths rising up from them. This description fits the Bohemian Switzerland National Park precisely. This empire of rocks is home to the rarest of animals and also plays host to remarkable plants.

Pravčická brána – This monumental rock arch, which is the largest in the whole of Europe, is markedly reminiscent of a formation in the famous American park Arches. On the way, beautiful views will open out over the surrounding landscape, above all from the highest hill in the whole park Růžovský vrch.

Admisssion 3 €

Edmund Gorge

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Formerly known as Quiet or Lower Gorge, is a rocky canyon of the Kamenice River, the last of the three gorges in the lower reaches of the river east of Hřensko. Its walls are formed of steep, often vertical rocky walls with noticeable cubical sandstone disintegration rising 50 to 150 meters above the water-level. Some boulders slid down to the canyon floor. In the section, where rocks fall right into the water, the path continues on boats.

After a 960 m long boat ride, a footpath continues along the left bank to the Mezní můstek Bridge, from where it is possible to continue to Wild Gorge or to climb up the stairway to Mezná. A number of interestingly shaped rocks rise above the gorge (e.g. The Rock Family or The Guardian).

Admission 3.2 €

Tisa walls

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Film Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from the production studio Walt Disney Pictures was filmed also in the Czech Republic – particularly in the rock city in Tisa. In the first episode, which was filmed in Tisa, four siblings get through a magical wardrobe into another world – Narnia. Rock city in Tisa and the surrounding countryside is a unique natural formation, which in winter is covered with tens of centimeters of snow.

Admission 1.2 €

Bohemian Paradise – UNESCO Geopark

image16For centuries the Bohemian Paradise area has attracted painters, writers, artists, and dreamers of all kinds. Discover this unique combination of bizarre rock formations, deep pine forests, majestic castles and sublime villages of timber cottages, losing yourself for a moment in the labyrinth that is the Bohemian Paradise area.

Declared the first geopark in the country by UNESCO, the Bohemian Paradise area is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Czech Republic. One of the biggest attractions is the area of rock formations between the towns of Jičín and Železný Brod. Thanks to the forces of nature you can admire lofty sandstone forms here, worn into weird and wonderful shapes, some of which are 60m tall. Some have been given strange names such as Taktovka (Baton), Kapelník (Choirmaster), Maják (Lighthouse) and Dračí zub (Dragon’s Tooth).

South Bohemia

Chýnov Cave

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A cave near the South Bohemian city of Tabor was discovered while work was going on in a quarry in 1863. Five years later, it became the first cave accessible to the public in the Czech lands at that time. Of special attention are the circular formations on the walls of the cave, which were created by alternating pale layers of marble and dark layers of amphibolite. Also in the underground you can see a stone devil, dragon’s head, a mysteriously lit witches hearth or the Žižkov shooting range, which consists of recesses in the ceiling that resemble holes made by cannonballs.

Admission 3.6 €

Graphite mine

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The mine was founded in 1975 and became the youngest graphite mine in the Czech Republic. The mine comprises of tunnels with the length of over 13 km punched with 27 ventilation chimneys, which also served as an escape route and have a height of 30-60 meters. The temperature here does not exceed 12 degrees.

During the tour, you can try your hand the conditions in which the miners worked, and what machines used at work. Since the guide to learn how mining operations were as graphite process and what it was used. The tour takes 70 minutes and the length is 2 kiometry. Part of the route you take a gauge.

Admission 8 €

Narrow-gauge trains in Jindřichův Hradec

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Trips by steam locomotives – romantic, fun and full of nostalgia – are a part of summer! You can take such a trip on two narrow-gauge trains that have been part of the color of the Jindřichův Hradec region for nearly 120 years. Both lines with a gauge of only 760 mm start out in Jindřichův Hradec and both wind their way through scenic forests and ponds known as Czech Canada. During the summer months, you can catch one of these regular steam-driven trains; you can even try your hand as an engineer and ride in the cab of the locomotive!

Admission 8.8 €

Třeboň pond system

image20Discover the magical landscape of ponds, floodplain forests, renaissance cities and great fish dishes!

The listed landscape of Třeboňsko, a part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves, can be found in South Bohemia, in the flatlands between Jindřichův Hradec, Tábor and České Budějovice. Here you will find hundreds of ponds, rivers and canals, gradually built up from the 15th century.

Notable is also the naturally meandering Lužnice with the remnants of floodplain forests, preserved bogs, extensive coniferous and mixed forests, all of it, of course, interwoven with a network of well-marked hiking and biking trails. The carp farms here enjoy protected geographical indication with the certified branding Třeboň carp.

Moravia

Moravian Karst

The largest and most beautiful karst area in central Europe is a place where visitors have their breath taken clean away. The main attraction here is the famous Macocha Abyss, some 138m deep and steeped in terrifying myths and legends. Without doubt the Moravian Karst is one of the natural wonders of the Czech Republic, which will wow every visitor.

Macocha Abyss

image21Macocha is an abyss in the Moravian Karst. The abyss is more than 138.5 m deep gorge and is the largest of its kind in the Czech Republic and in Central Europe. The upper part of the gorge is 174 meters long and 76 meters wide. On the edge of the abyss there are two lookout platforms. Below the surface of the Lower Lake there are other underground spaces hiding, far explored a total depth of the abyss is 187.5 meters then. An asteroid wandering through space was named after Macocha Abyss.

Admission:  7.2 €

Kroměříž Gardens

image22During the summer, Kroměříž Kroměříž is reminiscent of the Garden of Eden. The local gardens, which are included in the UNESCO world heritage list, represent a perfect symbiosis of light, plants, water, art and architecture. The Castle and Gardens are some of the most beautiful in Europe. You will be engulfed by a labyrinth of green walls, original floral and sculptural decoration, so take a walk along the colonnade and past the historical greenhouses.

Admission: 2.8 €

Bata Canal

image23Bata Canal is a waterway in the south of Moravia region with a length of 52 km, including 13 locks. You can take a beautiful cruise on this canal, which provides both regular as well as tourist water transport between Otrokovice and Petrov. Tourists can use 8 bigger and 16 smaller ports. Thanks to the construction of the port Skalica in the Slovak Republic, Bata Canal became an international waterway. The canal goes through the wonderful landscape with picturesque sceneries. The cruise takes about one hour.

Admission: 7.2 €

Lednice Gardens

image24There are not many places in the world which have received such care as the elegant area around the spectacular Lednice and Valtice chateaux. An absolutely unique park has been created here over the centuries, full of rare tree species, romantic little buildings, fishponds and beautiful little corners. The Lednice-Valtice Complex, which has been included in the UNESCO list, is known as the Garden of Europe to this very day.

Admission: 4 €

Chateau greenhouse

Chateau greenhouse was built on part of the area of the former wooden orangery and was founded in 1717. You can find there different tropical fauna species.

Admission: 2.4 €

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