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Czech Paradise sandstone hiking adventure

Czech Paradise sandstone rock
Monumental sandstone towers
Císařská chodba in Prachovské skály
Trosky ruins, a dominant feature of Czech Paradise
Medieval feast in Dětenice tavern
What is included
Czech Paradise is a region of sandstone cliffs frequently visited for its excellent hiking opportunities, mountain biking trips and rock climbing.  For the one-day trip, we’ve chosen a literally fairy-tale labyrinth of sandstone towers near the town of Jičín – Prachovské skály.
These “needles” reach a height of up to 40 m and almost each of them have a name. The best known cliff, sought-after also by climbers, is Prachovská jehla, and if we’re lucky, we’ll also see a climber at its summit – that is, if we don’t squeeze through Myší díra – a 35cm thin rift. 
After a light lunch, we set off in the direction of the dominant feature of the region, the ruins of the Gothic castle Trosky. The 10 km long route leads round the small ruins of the Pařez castle and the village of Mladějov, along the red tourist sign all the way to Trosky castle. The foundation of the castle is formed by a very interesting and unique rock formation of volcanic origin. Two castle towers, called Pana and Baba, reminiscent of devil’s horns, are lava vents. The whole area is a natural rarity in the world. When touring the castle, we climb the Baba tower, from which there’s a lovely view of the surroundings.
We finish the day at the Dětenice medieval tavern. The local specialty is meat roasted on a fire. Magicians, dancers and rude tapsters take care of entertainment.
8:00 pick-up at the hotel, transfer to Prachovské skály by car/minibus, 2.5 hour tour of the cliff town                      
Prachovské skály form a sandstone cliff town, densely interwoven by a network of tourist signs.  Based on interest and condition, we can choose a long route of approx. 2.5 hours or a short route of approx. 1.5 hours of walking. With a guide, we visit the most attractive nooks of the cliff town; we can look forward to beautiful views and bizarre rocky shapes steeped in legend. Narrow passages and winding paths will lead us back to the starting point.
If we choose the short route, we’ll be visiting the narrow cliff passage called Myší díra, the View of Czech Paradise, and then along the red tourist sign, we pass through Císařská chodba back to Turistická chata. On the small route, we can expect only one ascent and 2 views. During the walk, the guide will engage us with colourful curiosities from the history of Prachovské skály. 
We’ll be having lunch at Turistická chata, which has stood here for almost 100 years and has preserved its original look and the magic of bygone days.  The restaurant offers traditional Czech cuisine
10 km walking trip from Prachov to Trosky, a tour of the Trosky ruins, dinner at Dětenice medieval tavern, transfer to the hotel              
After lunch, we follow the red tourist sign, which after 10 km of pleasant walking leads us all the way to the dominant feature of Czech Paradise, the ruins of Trosky Castle. From Turistická chata, we arrive at the Pelíšek natural lido after 10 min. Legend has it that Pelíšek is the mythical guardian of Prachovské skály, and we cannot miss the totem with a bust of this goblin.  
After about an hour’s walk we arrive at the ruins of Pařez Castle, which is laid down on a buttress. All that remains of it today is several quarters hewed into the cliff and remnants of masonry. We continue through the little village of Maldějov, all the way to Troskovice. And we are now almost at our goal for today – Trosky Castle. In the summer months, it’s open until half past five, and the view from the tower known as “Baba” is certainly worth it. Under favourable conditions, you can see not only Czech Paradise, but also 80 km distant Prague, the Czech upland or Krkonoše, the highest mountains in the Czech Lands.
We take a ride by car/minibus to Dětenice Castle nearby, where we close this demanding day with an opulent dinner at the medieval tavern. After dinner, departure back to Prague.
Return transfer from/to hotel/airport, (car, minibus)
Full day English-speaking tour leader
Entrance fee to Prachovske skaly and Ruins of Trosky castle
lunch, dinner
Trekking sticks (if required)
Drinks, insurance
One day active trips
Activity level: 
April - September
Tour price per person: 
165 €
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