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3 Day Czech Road Trip – Things to Do in East Bohemia

Girl standing with her arms up on the Skybridge721 in Dolni Morava

3 Day Czech Road Trip – Things to Do in East Bohemia

Czech Republic (or Czechia as it’s now known) is a huge tourist destination that welcomes over 20 million visitors to the country each year. But it’s no surprise that the majority of holidaymakers only make it to Prague. While it’s a beautiful capital city with great history, architecture, and beer, Czechia offers so much more. Venture out into the countryside for a Czech road trip and you’ll find adventure, nature, and castles (and more Czech beer in case you were worried!)

A girl looking at the forests from a pool

A Czech Road Trip To Remember

There’s plenty of areas to explore around the Czech Republic, and in the Bohemian region alone. Many of which can be done on a day trip from Prague. There’s the famous small city of Cesky Krumlov in South Bohemia, the beautiful spa town of Karlovy Vary in the West, or the incredible rock formations of Bohemian Paradise (Cesky Raj) in the North. With great options dotted all around it’s a tough choice, but we settled on East Bohemia. A land of mountains, picturesque views, cute towns, and a UNESCO castle.

Girl looking at Skybridge721 in the distance

Czech Road Trip – Things To Do In East Bohemia

Day 1

With it being a road trip, the best way to get around is to rent a car and navigate using google maps. That said, it is possible to get a train from Prague and use local buses and taxis to get around East Bohemia. It’ll probably be less convenient and take a bit longer, but if that’s more your vibe then what’s the rush?

While you can find car rental in other places, your best bet is probably to rent in Prague. It’s only around a 2.5-hour drive, and with more availability you’re likely to find a much better price.

We’re starting Day 1 of our Czech Republic itinerary by heading to the scenic mountain resort of Dolní Morava right next to the Polish border. But after the drive out of Prague, excluding the early birds, it must be time for lunch.

The perfect stop on the way to the mountains is Kramářova chata. They offer soups, traditional Czech mains, and salads. But their hidden jewel is the observation tower with panoramic views of the area. Unfortunately, the weather was too bad for us on the day, so fingers crossed you get luckier!

Dolní Morava

View of a modern spa hotel in the mountains

Dolní Morava is the 2nd largest mountain resort in Czechia and is located within Králický Sněžník national park. It’s home to the 4-star Wellness Hotel Vista. We’d recommend staying here to make the most of your time, but more on that later. The resort boasts:

  • 50km of hiking trails with a wide range of difficulties
  • 25km of bike trails
  • 11km of ski slopes
  • The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world!
  • And more…

With a wide range of activities, it’s not just a seasonal resort, there’s lots to do at any time of the year. They’re also planning to add an aquapark and large 5-star spa complex over the next few years. If you come in summer, then head to the Adrenaline Park for some fun-filled outdoor pursuits that you can do on the first afternoon.

There’s a price list of the Dolní Morava activities later in the post.

Double Big Swing

The double big swing is so much fun! Once you’re harnessed in, you’ll be dragged 13m high above the ground. That might not sound like much but when it’s just a couple of straps between you and the ground, it feels pretty high. The worst part is the dreaded wait at the top until they let you drop and then whoosh!

Climbing Wall

There are two climbing walls with auto belay systems, so you can climb and fall off to your heart’s content. The walls and routes have varying difficulties catering for all experience levels, from absolute novice to experienced climbers.

Powerfan

We were looking forward to trying out the Powerfan, but unfortunately because of the rain, the area was slippery and so we were unable to. After watching videos on the website, it looks like a lot of fun. You’re harnessed into a system which allows you to jump off the tower and experience free fall then rapidly slows you before you land.

Ropeway

The rope course will take you from the large tower over part of the ski slope and into the evergreen trees. There are 5 different routes with varying difficulty for you to tackle amongst the beautiful forest.

Wellness Hotel Vista

After all that adrenaline, it’s time to check-in and relax at the excellent Wellness Hotel Vista. The hotel is only ten years old and with over a hundred rooms it’s big, but not too big to feel crowded.

Inside you’ll find anything from the pool, gym, and spa areas to table games like air hockey, Scalextric, and 8-ball pool. And they even have their own ten pin bowling alleys downstairs! The pool area has a jacuzzi and there are saunas, steam rooms, a relaxation room and various other things including hot & cold footbaths. For the ultimate indulgence, the spa offers massages, baths, and beauty treatments.

So, whether you’d prefer to spend your evening relaxing or playing games (or perhaps a bit of both), you’ll find everything you need here.

Day 2

After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, get ready for more outdoor activities at the resort. Because today we’re heading up the mountain to reach the longest suspension footbridge in the world!

View of the alpine mountaintop, with chairlifts, coaster and sky walk

Dolní Morava – Round 2

There are two options, you can either ride the chairlift up and back, or you can ride the chairlift up and take the alpine coaster down. In our humble opinion, there is no contest, you have to go for the coaster ride down.

Chairlift

Panoramic view from a chairlift - Mountains and and alpine coaster track

Despite the chairlift just being the way up the mountain, it could be considered an experience on its own. Be sure to soak up the incredible panoramic views of the mountains and valley. There’s a perfect opportunity for a cheeky selfie on the way up, but make sure you keep a tight grip on that phone!

Sky Bridge 721

A girl standing happily on Skybridge721 in Dolni Morava

The Sky Bridge is a breathtaking feat of engineering, truly an incredible sight. Here’s a rundown of some of the facts:

  • The longest suspension footbridge in the world at a staggering 721m
  • At its highest point, it stands 95m above the ground
  • Over 1.1km above sea level
  • Total of 66 ropes for support and protection against the wind
  • It took 2 years to build

Safe to say, if you’re afraid of heights, we wouldn’t recommend attempting it. It can feel rather exposed towards the middle and it’s a long way to the other end.

Sky Walk

Next up is the Sky Walk – a twisted spiral of walkways, nets and a huge 100m long slide. The wooden walkway is over 700m as you gradually wind your way to the top.

There’s a net which you can step onto with a straight 50m drop below you. It’s not for the faint-hearted, let’s put it that way. There’s also a net tunnel which you can take as a shortcut up a few levels, but crawling out over the daunting drop will definitely get your blood pumping.

The quickest way back down is the corkscrew slide. We’re not selling the weather here, but it was another item we had to miss on the list due to the rain! Fingers crossed you get luckier than us.

Alpine Coaster

The alpine coaster was another highlight of the morning. Winding down through the forests with just the coaster and narrow track in front of you was an unforgettable journey.

You can get up to around 30mph (50km/h), which feels fast with the floor whizzing by right beneath you. Don’t forget to take one final look around before descending back to the main resort.

Dolní Morava Activity Price List

The resort website includes a full price list, however it’s only available in Czech. You can work out most of it by the images, and a quick google search.

But here’s a condensed version with prices roughly converted to USD and GBP at current rates.

Price list of activities in Dolni Morava Mountain Resort in East Bohemia, Czech Republic

Lunch at Penzion Terezka

After an adventurous morning and an hour drive ahead of us, it’s probably time for lunch. Penzion Terezka is a part of the Dolní Morava resort and hidden within is a cozy, welcoming restaurant.

They serve traditional Czech meals like Goulash and soups as well as international dishes and pizzas.

Litomyšl

Beautiful panoramic of Litomysl - Pastel coloured street and a church spire

Litomyšl is a quaint little town with a surprising amount to see and do. The main landmark is the castle complex which was included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

Litomyšl Castle

Panoramic view of Litomysl Castle

Litomyšl Castle is one of Czechia’s most significant Renaissance structures, earning it a spot on UNESCO’s prestigious list. The unique castle walls are decorated with over 8000 blocks that look like large envelopes. It’s open for visitors from June through September but the opening hours vary.

  • June and September: Tuesday – Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • July and August: Monday – Sunday 9:00am – 6:00pm

They run two different guided tours, one standard tour and one centered around the German noble family that owned it in the 19th Century. The tours cost 190CZK (around $8 / £6). There’s no need to book unless you’re going as a big group, but the last tours run 1 hour before the closing time. We’d recommend the standard tour to get the most out of your first visit.

The castle interior has been decorated in the Baroque style, with rich colors, intricate layered walls, grand fireplaces, and large paintings.

Mini Theatre
A mini baroque stage and theatre

One of the highlights of the tour is a tiny theatre, with original stage decorations that have been preserved since the 18th century.

Cellars

Before you leave the castle, you can also take a tour of the cellars. It’s not included in the price of the castle tours, but it is only another 60CZK ($2.50 / £2), which is well worth the money. Their castle opening times vary each month, so it’s best to check before going.

While walking around a castle cellar sounds cool enough on its own, it actually houses a vast sculpture collection from Czech artist Olbram Zoubek. He was a dissenting voice against the communist regime and in retaliation was banished from Prague to the region. He then donated his works to the town of Litomyšl.

There’s also an impressive heart sculpture made of wax. The artists collected the ends of already burned candles, mostly from Prague Castle, and turned them into something beautiful.

Last but certainly not least, there is also a wine cellar down there. Interestingly, they rent out space to anyone who wants to store their wine at the perfect cellar temperature. But more importantly, you can try their own wine at a very good price. Na zdraví!

Piarist Church of the Finding of the Holy Cross

Right next to the castle, you should see the grand double spires of the church. Like the castle, the interior of the church is also a lavish Baroque style.

Before heading upstairs, be sure to check out the surprising artwork under the center of the main hall. Upstairs you get a great view of the whole church from above. There’s also a fairly large exhibition of religious paintings and artifacts. And you definitely shouldn’t miss the panoramic viewpoint outside between the two towers.

You can take a guided tour for around $5, or self-guided for around $3.

Monastery Gardens

A catholic church in Czech Republic with statues and a water feature

One last stop before checking in to the hotel and heading out for food is the Monastery Gardens behind the church. It’s a nice peaceful area to walk through with water features and some more sculptures by the artist Olbram Zoubek.

Dinner & Drinks at Microbrewery Veselka

The Czech Republic is famous for its beer and breweries, but nowadays they’re springing up even faster than ever before. In every small town and village around the country, microbreweries are making a name for themselves by brewing most of the beer consumed locally.

Litomyšl is no different, so where better to spend the evening than at Microbrewery Veselka. They serve traditional Czech food and beer brewed in the very same building. You won’t get fresher beer than that!

Hotel Zlatá Hvězda

At the end of the prettiest street in Litomyšl stands the Hotel Zlatá Hvězda. The long, cobbled street is lined with ornately decorated colorful houses and the view from the rooms at the front is picture perfect.

There is a small balcony up on the roof if you want to sit and enjoy the view or snap a flawless photo.

Day 3

On the last day of our Czech Republic road trip, we’ll be heading from Litomyšl to Pardubice, a city famous for its sweet gingerbread. The first stop is another castle which is only a 20-minute drive from Litomyšl.

Nové Hrady Chateau

A baroque style castle - peachy coloured

The chateau in Nové Hrady is not the kind of thing you’d expect to see in the Czech Republic. It’s built in a French summer residence style, earning it the nickname ‘The Czech Versailles’.

The tour of the rooms inside costs around $5 and usually runs between 10:00am and 4:00pm.

As well as the actual chateau, there are beautiful garden grounds, an outdoor green theatre, rose gardens, a maze, lakes, and deer roaming! The outside admission costs around $3 and usually runs between 9:00am and 5:00pm.

Chrudim

Chrudim is another sweet little town, just a 35-minute drive from the chateau.

It’s a very photogenic town, with colorful buildings and cobbled roads. They also have market stalls selling anything from fruits and flowers to wooden puppets outside the main church (Assumption of the Virgin Mary).

A perfect place to stop for coffee or lunch.

Lunch at Hotel a Restaurace Fortna

The restaurant at Fortna has a homely, comfortable vibe with small walkways and dark wooden walls and furniture.

They have a permanent menu with high quality, classic Czech food as well as seasonal and daily menus which include international dishes.

Footgolf

A man playing football on a footgolf pitch in Czech Republic

Just outside of Chrudim is a Footgolf course. We’ve seen it elsewhere, but this was our first attempt and we had so much fun.

There are 16 holes in total, some of which are fiendishly hard, like attempting to chip the ball inside a small stack of tractor tires!

You may be pulling your hair out at some of the holes, but we certainly had plenty of laughs along the way.

Pardubice

The final stop on our Czech road trip is the largest city in the region, Pardubice.

It’s known for its gingerbread, and you’ll find shops selling all sorts, one of the more famous is the gingerbread horse. The region has a long history of horse racing and its flag and coat of arms both feature a horse.

Walk Around Town

Again, it’s a nice place to wander around aimlessly. But one place to look out for is the town square (Pernstynske Square) where you’ll find the Town Hall, Marian Column, and some gothic and baroque style houses.

There are also a few nice churches dotted around and the castle although that’s a little further out of town and you may be castled out by now! If you do venture near the castle, keep your eyes peeled for the peacocks roaming free.

Climb The Green Gate Tower

Pardubice town square taken from high up in the clock tower

If you head out of the southwest corner of the square, you’ll find yourself at The Green Gate. It’s one of the most important places in Pardubice as it formed part of the fortification of the city dating back centuries.

Today it is a tourist attraction and exhibition center for local artwork. You can climb the stairs over 60m to the top for unparalleled views over the city.

Dinner at Nejen Dvorek

A salad with croutons

Finish off the evening at Nejen Dvorek. They have a lovely conservatory area with hanging plants or, if the weather’s fine, there are also seats outside in their cozy garden.

They serve classic European food and good wines.

Hotel 100

Townhouse style hotel in Pardubice

Hotel 100 is a lovely little hotel, right in the center of Pardubice with a buffet breakfast included in the price. The rooms at the back have a view of the castle grounds, and at the front a cobbled square.

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