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Timber houses and horses in the Czech HighlandsItinerary Czech Gothic Trail

Brno - Kutna Hora - Prague

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Distance: 348 km / 218 miles
Daily avg.: 50 km / 31 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

Self-guided / semi-guided / guided tour

Suitable also for road bikes

Day 1)
Brno - Vir/Rovecne (64 km / 40 miles)

In the morning meet our representative/guide who will give you the tour briefing, bikes and all information materials.
Start cycling along the Brno resevoir and go past imposing Gothic castles such as Veveri, the honeymoon place of Winston Churchill, or never conquered 13th century Pernstejn Castle on a huge, rocky outcrop. Its unusual and pure beauty ranks it among the historical gems of the Czech Republic.
Overnight in Vir or Rovecne.

Day 2)
Vir/Rovecne – Policka (30 km / 19 miles)

Today’s route takes you through the Zdarske hills Protected Landscape Area to the
charming town of Policka. The historical center of the town is surrounded by a defense wall 1220 m long. The walls are around 2,25 m thick and 8 m high, with 19 lookout towers along a half of the town. The wall is one of the best preserved defense walls in Central Europe and worth seeing. A delightful walk along a reconstructed part of the wall allows superb views of the nearby Svojanov castle.
Overnight in Policka.

Day 3)
Policka – Zdar nad Sazavou (35 km / 22 miles)

Leading through the hilly terrain of the Czech-Moravian Highlands, today’s route brings you past Nove Mesto na Morave to Zdar nad Sazavou, which is famous for its unique church of St. John of Nepomuk. This construction of two styles – Gothic and Baroque is the height of the work of architect genius Jan Blazej Santini Aichl. A testament to its brilliance, the church was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight in Zdar nad Sazavou.

Day 4)
Zdar nad Sazavou – Hlinsko (27 km / 17 miles)

This stage of the route is the shortest and goes through hilly landscape to Hlinsko. In the
town of Hlinsko ther is a unique collection of folk houses called Betlem – which were part of the town and whose wood work was a living craft in the last century. It is possible to visit the seasonal and annual exhibitions in some of these wooden houses. In between them is a stylish restaurant and tearoom.
Overnight in Hlinsko.

Day 5)
Hlinsko – Sec (32 km / 20 miles)

The trail leads around the out-door museum - Vesely Kopec housing the largest collection
of folk buildings in East Bohemia, through the Zelezne Mountains Protected Landscape Area to town of Sec. Close to the town is a water reservoir of the same name and is a popular recreational area.
Overnight in Sec.

Day 6)
Sec – Kutna Hora (45 km / 28 miles)

From the town of Sec, todays route goes through the village of Ronov nad Doubravou
placed in the magical landscape between the Zelezny mountains and the river Doubrava.
The picture gallery of Antonin Chitussi, a Czech painter and local resident, is located in the village. Also exhibited are 60 pictures from the National Gallery in Prague. The route then continues through the town of Caslav to Kutna Hora. Kutna Hora developed as a result of the exploitation of nearby silver mines. In the 14th century it became a royal city endowed with monuments that symbolized its prosperity. The Church of St. Barbara, a jewel of the late Gothic period and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec, which was restored in line with the Baroque taste of the early 18th century, were to influence the architecture of Central Europe.
Overnight in Kutna Hora.

Day 7)
Kutna Hora – Jemniste (62 km / 39 miles)

After sightseeing in Kutna Hora you continue along the cycle route by the Sazava River,
which takes you to the town of Cesky Sternberk. Above the town, the dominant castle
perches on a rocky outcrop with a wonderful view over the romantic river valley. Arrive To Jemniste Chateau, nowadays the home of Sternberk noble family with their private park you may share with them.
Overnight in Jemniste.

Day 8)
Jemniste – Tynec nad Sazavou - Pruhonice - Prague (53 km / 33 miles)

The last day on the cycle route takes you along the river Sazava via Tynec nad Sazavou,
famous for its water tourism on the river, to Pruhonice with its Renaissance chateau and enormous arboretum, a center of botany and horticulture in the Czech Republic. Transfer by car from Pruhonice to Prague city center.
Shorter cycling option (23 km / 14 miles), with a car transfer from Tynec nad Sazavou to Prague, is available.

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