Via Czechia

Via Czechia is a unique system of long-distance hiking, cycling and skiing trails in the Czech Republic, running across and around the whole country. No matter whether a hiker, biker or a cross-country skier, you can give it a go! Via Czechia offers all three trail alternatives, in total of 5,280 km.

Both North Trail and South Trail span between the westernmost and easternmost points of the country, roughly copy the border-line and lead over all of the Czech highest mountain peaks. By completing both trails, you will hike or ride almost a perfect circuit of 2,200 kilometers.

Via Czechia passes through mountain sceneries, nature reserves, forests and meadows and other places of natural beauty, and also leads you to stunning cultural and historical places along the way.

Unforgettable Journey
Via Czechia long-distance trails are inviting you to explore and enjoy the rich natural, historical and cultural heritage of the country that forms the heart of Europe.

Come and cross this small country from its westernmost to the easternmost border, explore its rich cultural heritage first shaped by the Celtic tribe of Boii, who left their mark not only in the name of the country “Bohemia”  but also in the landscape by having built their centuries-lasting oppida. Stop in small towns and sites of Christian pilgrimage nestled along the way – the silent witnesses of the glory of the ancient Kingdom of the Czech Crown, and let the footpaths lead you again through the countless mountain ranges, picturesque sceneries and deep forests.

Easy to Plan
Each trail is approximately 1,000 km long, so hiking the entire trail takes between six and seven weeks. If you choose to ride a bike it will take you from two to three weeks one way. For planning, you can use a great online tool Mapy.cz with all necessary information on every stage (such as the level of difficulty, elevation gain, shelters, natural springs, accommodation and food). Links to all stages and gpx files are to be found on North Trail and South Trail page of this website. Trails are also published on Outdooractive

You don’t have to hike or ride the entire trail at once. The trails are broken down to approximately 4-day stages the start and finish of which are served by public transportation.

Each daily stage finishes in a place that caters for hikers and bikers and offers convenient accommodation. We mapped the providers along the trail and prepared a list of recommended mountain lodges, hotels, guest houses.

Easy to Navigate
The trails follow the hiking paths marked by color-coded signs of the Czech Tourist Club. The Club’s world-unique trail marking system  was established over 100 years ago and has been developed and maintained by its members on a voluntary basis ever since.

North Trail

The North Trail for hikers is 1,058 kilometers long and is broken down to 47 daily stages, each roughly 20 – 25 kilometers long. The bikers’ alternative is even longer – it is 1,140 kilometers long and is doable in two to three weeks. And yet, this is not all. The Northern Trail is beautiful in winter, when you can enjoy incredible 632 kilometers of uninterrupted and mostly machine groomed cross-country skiing tracks.

The North Trail passes through 18 mountain ranges and geographical areas, over eight protected landscape areas, two national parks and countless national nature reserves and natural monuments. If you complete the whole trail, you will have climbed over 50 peaks higher than 1,000 meters and set foot on the highest, lowest, westernmost and easternmost points of Czechia.

Trail section Length (hiking) Days (stages) Length (bike) Length (ski) Start Finish
1. Fichtel Mountains 72 km 3 73 km 16 km Westernmost point Kraslice
2. Ore Mountains 186 km 8 186 km 63 km
85 km
Kraslice Tisá
3. Elbe Sandstone Mountains and Czech Switzerland 71 km 4 54 km Tisá Studený
4. Lusatian Mountains 52 km 2 52 km 48 km Studený Jítrava
5. Jested Ridge 22 km 1 22 km Jítrava Chrastava
6. Jizera Mountains 72 km 3 51 km 33 km Chrastava Harrachov
7. Giant Mountains 70 km 4 89 km 74 km Harrachov Trutnov
8. Broumov Highlands 93 km 4 79 km 51 km Trutnov Dobrošov
9. Orlické Mountains 73 km 3 83 km 42 km
26 km
Dobrošov Suchý Vrch
10. Králický Sněžník 45 km 2 77 km 24 km Suchý Vrch Kladské sedlo
11. Rychleby Mountains 20 km 1 35 km 18 km Kladské sedlo Ramzovské sedlo
12. High Ash Mountains 41 km 2 78 km 44 km Ramzovské sedlo  Skřítek pass
13. Nízký Jeseník Mountains 102 km 4 105 km Skřítek pass Fulnek
14. Moravian Gate 25 km 1 27 km Fulnek Svinec
15. Moravian–Silesian Beskids 113 km 5 129 km 108 km Svinec Easternmost point
Total 1058 km 47 1140 km 632 km    

Hiking routes by stages
Gpx files (Zip archive)

Cycling routes by sections
Gpx files (Zip archive)

Nordic skiing routes by sections
Gpx files (Zip archive)

North Trail on Outdooractive

South Trail

The South Trail for hikers is 1,052 kilometers long and is broken down to 44 daily stages, each roughly 20 – 25 kilometers long. The bikers’ alternative is even longer – it is 1,080 kilometers long and is doable in two to three weeks. And yet, this is not all. The South Trail is beautiful in winter, when you can enjoy 319 kilometers of long-distance and mostly machine grommed cross-country skiing tracks.

The South Trail passes through 15 mountain ranges and geographical areas, over six protected landscape areas, two national parks and countless national nature reserves and natural monuments. If you complete the whole trail, you will have climbed over 20 peaks higher than 1,000 meters and set foot on the easternmost, southernmost and westernmost point of Czechia.

Trail section Length (hiking) Days (stages) Length (bike) Length (ski) Start Finish
1. Moravian–Silesian Beskids 52 km 3 61 km 55 km Easternmost point Bumbálka
2. Maple Mountains 45 km 2 51 km 44 km Bumbálka Střelná
3. White Carpathians 110 km 5 125 km 24 km Střelná Radějov
4. Dolnomoravský úval 83 km 3 85 km Radějov Mikulov
5. Mikulov Highlands and Dyjsko-svratecký úval 80 km 3 80 km Mikulov Šatov
6. Bohemian-Moravian Highlands 138 km 6 132 km Šatov Chlum u Třeboně
7. Trebon Basin 28 km 1 29 km Chlum u Třeboně Petříkov
8. Novohradské Mountains 93 km 4 100 km 34 km Petříkov Vyšší Brod
9. Šumava Mountains 192 km 8 192 km 130 km Vyšší Brod Svatá Kateřina
10. Všeruby Highlands 33 km 1 31 km Svatá Kateřina Česká Kubice
11. Bohemian Forest 133 km 5 129 km 32 km Česká Kubice Starý Hrozňatov
12. Fichtel Mountains 65 km 3 65 km Starý Hrozňatov Nejzápadnější bod ČR
Total 1052 km 44 1080 km 319 km    

Hiking roures by stages
Gpx files (Zip archive)

Cycling routes by sections
Gpx files (Zip archive)

Nordic skiing routes by sections
Gpx files (Zip archive)

South Trail on Outdooractive

Support

Travelling light

We can provide a full service to any hiker, biker or cross-country skiier who wishes to travel light and does not want to worry about the arrangements. Our services include:

  • selecting the best stages that match your expectations
  • preparing a detailed itinerary upon your requirements
  • arranging accommodation and other services
  • taking care of the logistics and your baggage
  • arranging a tour guide

The Author

The author of Via Czechia is Jan Hocek, a Czech sportsman and biologist, professional tour guide, photographer and travel writer. He has visited over 80 countries all over the world and hiked the most of world’s long-distance trails on all continents. As an occasional yachtsman he has explored the coast of Croatia, the Caribbean, the Seychelles or Mauritius, and wandered with his sea-kayak around the coast of New Zealand and Borneo. As part of his latest projects he is focusing on polar regions including Greenland and Antarctica. You can find out more about Jan and his work here www.hocek.cz.

He has published five travel books with his own photographs revealing his travels both around the world and his homeland, Jan’s last two-volume book edition of Via Czechia is just about to be published in February and May 2021.

Jan devoted most of 2020 to his Via Czechia project. He planned, mapped and subsequently hiked and cycled both the Northern and Southern Trails. This provided him with the opportunity to revisit places he has been to many times before in order to monitor and photograph the condition they are in.

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