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2/10  Take a round tour of Bohemian Paradise

Just over an hour’s drive from Prague, Bohemian Paradise is heavenly for family hiking and a good place to start with younger kids. It’s the land of otherworldly rock formations, romantic castles, quaint towns and enormous forests, so even short walks reveal incredible wonders. If you’re trekking with teens in tow it’s also a fantastic area for more challenging guided hikes.

Test the area out on the round route from pretty Hrubá Skála to Valdštejn Castle. You’ll see the dramatic stone pillars of Marian on the way there, and get an eyeful of more spiralling rock towers at Vyhlídka u Lvíčka on your return. Don’t forget to make time to admire Bukovina Arboretum, before the grand finale of Zámecká vyhlídka – the views here are worth a hike all by themselves.   

Hiking hints

  • The round hike from Hrubá Skála is nine kilometres, and takes just over two hours.
  • Zámecká vyhlídka (Castle View) is an easy 20 minute walk from Hrubá Skála for younger kids.
  • 13th century Valdštejn is the oldest castle in Bohemian Paradise, it’s beautifully restored and has guided tours during spring and summer.

Hrubá Skála is an hour and 20 minutes north of Prague. The village has plenty of parking and there are several good hotels, family guesthouses and restaurants in the local area.

Find out more about family hikes in Bohemian Paradise National Park

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