Central Bohemia - south
A slice of the Central Bohemian pie that boasts an astonishing filling of historical towns, Jewish monuments, legendary and mystic sites, romantic valleys, castles, fortresses, charming chateaux, as well as the most modest Czech countryside. This region offers opportunities to take pleasant walks, bike rides, or horseback rides, to boat along rapid or calm stretches of the Sázava River, to sail or surf artificial lakes, and to take in the beautiful landscape from above – in a plane, hot-air balloon or paraglider. Picturesque villages and a dense network of small roads beckon tourists travelling by car and family “park-and-ride” trips. The area also offers enjoyable opportunities to visit farms, ride on horseback, and revel in the solid shots of adrenaline that come with paintball battles.
Strictly speaking, the tourist area of Central Bohemia – southeast is the territory that extends from the right bank of the Vltava River almost to the left bank of the Labe River and is bounded by the edges of the Orlík - Miličín - Vlašim - Čáslav - Kutná Hora - Kolín dam. It can be said that its axis is the stream of the Sázava or the D1 highway from Prague to Brno. This territory is very mixed jagged – not very many plains are situated in it because to the southeast it connects to the Bohemian-Moravian highlands. The valley of the Sázava River, along which the cherished “Posázava Pacific” runs, is probably the most romantic part of the territory.
The southeastern region of central Bohemia is loaded with history. First of all there is Kutna Hora, where silver was mined then transformed into Czech coins in the hands of minters. Silver mining in the region came to an end a long time ago, but it left behind a town with a unique collection of monuments crafted by Gothic and Baroque masters. There is a monastery in Sázava, built by the hermit Prokop, in which there was an obvious continuation of the ancient Slovak culture that developed in the heyday of the great Moravian empire of Constantine and Methodius. On Lipská hora near Lipany a memorial with a Hussite chalice commemorates the last battle of “God’s Warriors”. And if you are more attracted to legends, take a trip to Velký Blaník and try to awaken the knight Wenceslas and his troop of emergency service fighters.
The best hiking (and mushroom picking) can be found in the forests around Říčany, in the Sázava area, in the areas surrounding Blaník, Benešov and the Slapy Dam.
There is good riding in the flatlands along the Labe, but the most breathtaking trails await you within the rolling countryside between Kutná hora and Vlašim, in the surroundings of Benešov and in Sedlčansko.
Water tourism and water sports
This region’s main attraction for water enthusiasts is the Sázava River, especially its white-water sections. These days you no longer need to store your own boating equipment at home in cabinets and barns; rental shops are prepared to rent you everything you need and will even take care of your boat once your adventures on the river are done. It is best to boat along the Sázava during the off-season because in summer it tends to be extremely busy.
You will find the best opportunities for windsurfing, boating, diving, and other water sports on the banks of the Slapy Dam.
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