The Czech mountains are an ideal place for winter holidays, whether on downhill skis, a snowboard or cross-country skis. But winter fun here certainly doesn’t end with skiing! Set aside your skis for a while and enjoy some of the other attractions that the Czech mountains have to offer. A few years from now you will still smile when looking at your photographs of paragliding, tobogganing or skating on the longest track in the world, remembering how the Czech countryside literally offers mountains of winter fun.
The highest Czech mountains, the Krkonoše, not only have the longest ski slopes, top ski resorts, and breathtaking views of glacial valleys, but also offer plenty of places where you truly have to hold on to your hat. How about trying a 4-kilometre toboggan run in Špindlerův mlýn or whizzing down one of the best bobsleigh tracks in Europe? A little rush of winter adrenaline never hurt anyone!
Skate straight to the treetops
Even though the Šumava Mountains are an oasis of calm and harmonic nature, you certainly will not be bored here! When severe frosts hit, lace up some skates and set off on the longest skating track in the world! It measures 11 kilometres and can be found on the surface of the biggest Czech reservoir, Lipno. Not far from here you can walk among the treetops. You don’t believe it? Just climb up Kramolín Hill and head to the Treetop Trail, all the way to the 40-metre look-out tower, where you will enjoy magnificent views, sometimes even as far as the Alps. The trail, in places as high as 24 metres above the ground, has several adrenaline-inducing stops along the way but saves the best for last – a slide down the longest dry toboggan in the Czech Republic.
Through the snowy hills behind barking dogs and even with the wind
Do you need to warm up a bit after a day of winter fun? Why not try a Roman steambath or the sun meadow at the Babylon Centre in Liberec, right in the heart of the Jizera Mountains? Or would you rather be invigorated by that special feeling that gold prospectors and polar hunters once experienced as they raced across the snowy plains on a dog sled? You can experience it for yourself on the plains around Horní Maxov. Would you like to whiz through the winter landscape even faster? This possibility exists in the Krušné Mountains! In Boží Dar you can try snowkiting, where you just let your kite catch the wind and then enjoy a thrilling ride through the surrounding hills.
Take away memories of unforgettable experiences
Have you ever tried snowshoeing? You can rent them at any of the ski resorts in the Beskids and then set off to explore the landscape a little differently. After returning from an outing, you can warm up nicely in one of the local aquaparks, such as the one in Olešná, which offers plenty of attractions, or the recreation centre in Sepetná, where you can swim in one of the biggest pools around. But why not do something you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t yet found the courage? You are on your holidays, which should be filled with extraordinary experiences. This could be tandem paragliding at Javorový vrch, which will give you the unforgettable experience of flying over the undisturbed Beskid landscape.