Walking tours in the Czech Republic

Walking tours in the Czech Republic

Tourism in Prague has been influenced by events in Ukraine. Prague is traditionally the most visited city in the Czech Republic. In the first three months, almost a million tourists visited Prague, which is four percent less than last year. Tourism in Prague no longer attracts Ukrainians, because they do not come at all. The Russians, in turn, cancel the booked tours. The number of tourists did not drop much only thanks to the guests from South Korea.

Tourism in Prague is experiencing a slump in demand

The decrease in tourist interest in the first quarter of this year is associated with domestic tourists. According to the Czech Statistical Office, their loss was 10.6%. The capital of the Czech Republic, according to experts, is suffering from a decrease in the interest of Russian tourists, which, according to estimates, will be even smaller.

“According to statistics, there were 5,000 fewer tourists from Russia than in the same period last year. While there was a 13% increase in tourist flow in the first quarter of 2013, this year it was only 3%. This decline in tourism demand in Prague is due to several factors, ”explains Kateřina Petříčková, secretary of the Association of Travel Agencies (Asociace cestovních kanceláří a agentur, abbreviated ACČKA).

Tourism in Prague is influenced by politics

“The Russians are worried about the acute internal political situation and the unrest that may reach their climax, so they do not travel abroad. Another reason for the decline in interest in travel to Europe and, in particular, tourism in Prague is also the criticism of Czech and European politicians and the strengthening of sanctions against Russia by the EU countries and the United States. The next reason can be called the devaluation of the ruble against the euro, which contributes to the rise in prices for tours to Europe by 10%, which is of decisive importance for many residents of Russia, ”says the secretary of ACČKA.

Incoming travel agencies have recorded a 20% decrease in the number of orders from Russians since April this year.

The Koreans are driving the tourism demand in Prague

Applications for June are even smaller. Tourists from Ukraine to the Czech Republic came by two percent more than in the first quarter of last year - about 27,500 people. However, some incoking agencies have registered a 90% decrease in tourism orders in Prague for the coming weeks and months. In addition to the decrease in the number of tourists since the beginning of the year, there is also a transformation of the national composition of visiting tourists.

“There was a significant increase in the number of tourists from South Korea - 43%. In the first quarter of this year, 9,000 more tourists came to the Czech Republic.

A total of 139,000 tourists from Asian countries visited the Czech Republic, an increase of nine percent, ”adds the ACČKA secretary.

The second most visited region after Prague is the Kralovohrad region, which in the first three months, despite the absence of snow, received 250 thousand people.

In the Czech Republic, you can not only drink beer! This is one of the most beautiful European countries with its own "Switzerland": huge caves, clean lakes, mineral springs and beautiful mountains. There are four large national parks and more than a thousand small protected areas around the most interesting natural sites. Routes along them are laid out for every taste: you can climb mountains and walk through swamps, inspect ancient castles and modern bomb shelters, climb gorges or high observation platforms.

Two super-long pan-European routes run through the Czech Republic. This is E-3 - the road that starts from Portugal and leads through all of Central Europe, ending in Turkey. It crosses the Czech Republic from the German border to the Polish border. The E-10 route leads through the Czech Republic from Germany to Austria and passes through Prague.

Karlovy Vary

The most famous Czech spa among the fertile forested mountains. Here you can not only drink healing waters, but also explore the surroundings: more than 20 interesting routes have been laid around the resort.

  • The Beethoven Trail - named after the most famous guest of the most famous hotel in Karlovy Vary, which now bears the name of the composer. It starts from the Postal Yard and the Beethoven Monument and climbs the Vitkova Hill, so that it offers a view of the city. On the way you can see roe deer, and in the fall - and wild boars. The trail is well-groomed, covered with gravel, along the road there will be benches and observation platforms over the cliff. The length of the route is 5.5 km.
  • The village of Brezova is a small tourist village on the banks of a reservoir that supplies the resort with water. They say that it was in the local blacksmith's that Peter I studied blacksmithing. The road here goes up through the forest past the ruins of an ancient chapel. The length of the route is 8 km.
  • The road to Loket Castle is a full-day route if done on foot. However, there are options for a bicycle trip, and it is best to go there by transport, and then slowly return through the picturesque forest to Karlovy Vary. A beautifully preserved castle of the 13th century, once the center of the local lands, and a small town around it with a church, a restaurant and a museum. The length of the route is 10 km. one way.

Marianske Lazne

The second most popular Czech resort, around which you can walk if you are resting here.

  • The nature reserve Kladska nature trail. The nature reserve around Lake Kladska is located very close to the resort. The settlement at this place was founded by Prince Otto of Waldenburg, and his grave is located in the same forest. In memory of the prince, not far from the village, there is a monument "Dying Deer". And the reserve itself tells about the local peat bogs. The nature trail leads along a wooden deck through bogs and blueberry thickets. The length of the route is 1.4 km.
  • Geological Park in Marianske Lazne. The road starts from Goethe Square and leads to the Spichak Hill, where the picturesque pavilion of Friedrich Wilhelm IV stands. On the descent from the mountain, several viewing platforms and a chapel await the tourist. The length of the route is 5.3 km.
  • Around Switzerland Minor. The pearl of the route is a cluster of interesting boulders, which is called "Little Switzerland" here. Further, the road goes through the Hirtenruhe observation tower - once shepherds used to rest here - and the old water tower. The length of the route is 7.3 km.

Moravian Karst

The Moravian Karst is a huge branched system of caves, its total length is 25 km, several caves are open to visitors. There are several routes there from all the nearest settlements, they also sell entrance tickets. In caves, the temperature does not rise above 8 degrees, so you need to take care of warm clothes. There is a cable car up the mountain with an observation deck.

Despite the fact that the routes through the caves themselves are not long, they are all not too close to each other, so usually only two or three can be seen in one day. On the very territory of the karst, among the picturesque slopes, there are several usual free walking routes, so you can just walk here.

  • Balcarka and Sloupsko-Shoshuvskie caves - a route through three caves, one of which has preserved drawings of primitive man. The length of the route is 1.6 km. along the caves themselves and 5 km. before them.
  • Vypustek Cave is the oldest and most modern cave. It was formed earlier than others and has been used by humans since ancient times, but its main attraction today is the bomb shelter of the 1960s. The length of the route along the cave itself is 150 m, but to the cave itself you will have to walk about a kilometer in one direction.
  • Macocha - a former cave, and now the deepest abyss - the deepest in all of Europe, 138 meters. The path to which leads through the Punkvenny caves. The route along them is partly on foot, and partly by boat along an underground river, and further to Macocha itself. Once this place was also a karst cave, but the vaults collapsed long ago. The total length of the route from the nearest ticket sales point is 3.7 km.
  • The Kateřinská cave is famous for its highest hall with stalactites and stalagmites; it even hosts music concerts. The length of the route is about 1 km.

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