Anyone interested in
recreation will find a real
paradise in Šumava. An
impressive number of natural
and historical monuments
are connected by a dense
network of cycle paths. In the
past, a network of paths was
established for the purpose
of border protection and was
accessible only to military
vehicles. Now, the narrow but
high-quality paths are open
to cyclists. The most popular
paths are found around the
town of Horská Kvilda, near
the source of the Vltava River,
and in the region of Kašperské
Hory. Less demanding is the
terrain of the Šumava plains,
which has minimal elevation
changes.
Tips for
your trips
Lipno Reservoir
Lipno is an ideal place to
enjoy the water in a variety
of ways. Try windsurfing
lessons, an array of water
sports, hire a catamaran,
peddle boat or even a yacht…
or simply take a swim.
Do you like to ride the river?
Then you will be in your
element in South Bohemia.
There are many places
where you can hire a kayak
or a canoe and enjoy a rush
of adrenaline on the Vltava,
Otava or Vydra rivers.
Vydra River area
The rocky segment of the
Vydra River between Antýgl
and Čeňkova pila offers
breathtaking scenery of wild
rapids with cascades, huge
boulders, and eroded “giant
kettles”.
Jezerní slať (Lake Moor)
Moors are a typical feature of
the Šumava landscape. The
upland moors accessible from
Kvilda with their remarkable
flora and fauna are visible
along a short nature trail.
Source of the Vltava River
From the village of Kvilda you
can set off on a moderately
difficult trail to the source of
the Vltava River. The longest
Czech river begins on the
slope of Černá hora (Black
Mountain). Its spring flows
from a drainage conduit
of a medieval mine and is
characterized by a high silver
content.
Plešné Lake and Plechý Hill
Plešné Lake is one of the
typical glacial lakes found
in the Šumava region. A steep
cliff towers some 300 metres
above the lake’s surface.
We recommend starting
in the village of Nová Pec and
following the yellow-marked
trail to the top of Plechý Hill,
which is the highest peak of
the Czech part of the Šumava
(1,378 m). The circuit back
to Plešné Lake follows an
extraordinarily impressive
nature trail called “Spirit
of the Primaeval Forest”.
Climbing the steep slopes
in an ancient forest which
has remained untouched
by human hands is a real
experience.
Černé and Čertovo lakes
The attractive trek along
the slopes of Špičák hill leads
past two glacial lakes, Černé
(Black) and Čertovo (Devil’s),
of which Black Lake is the
largest and deepest in the
Šumava region.
Špičák Bike Park
The downhill runs, which
in winter are full of skiers,
in summer become the Špičák
Bike Park for mountain
biking. A cableway provides
a comfortable ride to the top,
and then all you have to do is
to assess your skills and level
of courage and make your way
down one of the trails.
What to do when it’s
raining?
Wellness
Sport arena Lipno
Three whirlpool baths,
Finnish and herbal saunas,
a Kneipp walkway, massage
showers and massages.
All this with a beautiful
view of the Lipno Reservoir,
providing relaxation for
body and spirit.
Rožmberk Castle
If you love culture and
fairy tales, don’t miss the
summertime night tours
with guides dressed in
traditional costumes.
Švihov Water Castle
This monumental castle
with a water fortification
system near Klatovy was
one of the best-defended
castles of its time and is
definitely worth seeing.
6 Czech Mountains
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Klatovy
Kašperské
Hory
Churáňov
Kvilda Boubín
Jezerní slať
Železná
Ruda
Špičák
Černá
hora
Vydra
Vltava
Český
Krumlov
Rožmberk
Vyšší
Brod
Černé
jezero
Čertovo
jezero
Plešné
jezero
Plechý
Třístoličník
Nové
údolí
Kubova
Huť
Lipno
Lipno
n. Vlt.
Nová
Pec
Švihov
Vydra
Rokytka
Canoeing on the Vltava
Boubínský Primaeval Forest
A unique reserve in the very
heart of the Šumava. Some
trees here are up to 50 metres
high and are more than 400
years old. The best way to
discover the ancient forest is
along the 4-km Boubínská
Trail, which starts in the
village of Kubova Huť.
Třístoličník Hill
This peak at the Czech-
German border is located
1,311 metres above sea level.
At the top are three rocks
where, according to legend,
three kings – from Bohemia,
Austria and Bavaria – used to
meet. We recommend starting
the climb from the village of
Nové Údolí.
Sailboats on the Lipno Reservoir
A cove on the Lipno Reservoir
Rožmberk Castle
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