Situated at the heart of Europe, with enough beauty to rival with any other country on the course of the Danube, the Czech Republic is perfect for taking a walking tour across its expanses. For nearly half of the year the weather is mild. The country’s economy and living standards are elevated enough to make this trip a very safe one. The smaller towns display a rustic, medieval-tinged charm you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the Old World. To top it all off, Prague, or ‘The Golden City,’ as it is otherwise known, is one of the best tourist destinations in the world in all respects, from local beauties to shopping opportunities, historic sightseeing and leisure facilities. However, if you do decide to take an alternative kind of trip to the Czech Republic, a guided walk from Vienna to Prague, you should definitely know what to pack, when to go and what to expect.
When to Go
The best season for visiting the Czech Republic is anywhere from May to September. May and September are both warm and crisp, without excessively hot days, and with the occasional rainy day to keep the atmosphere refreshed. June and July are high tourist season, and this becomes especially apparent in Prague, which fills with tourists for those two months every year. Days are long and warm, though not scorching hot, throughout the warm season.
What to See
There are so many beautiful places across the Czech Republic that the country seems to have been invented for walking holidays . The landscape is mostly hilly, with spots of mountainous regions and softly sloping areas, ideal for a brisk tourist walk. Your perfect tour across the country will begin in Vienna, take you to Southern Moravia, with beautiful medieval towns such as Mikulov and then feature the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Palava Hills. Go to the White Carpathians from there and don’t miss the 18th-19th century wine cellars in Petrov. Take one day for the Buhlovice Castle, a genuine 18th century Italian chateau. Next should come Brno, Moravsky Krumlov with its wonderful castle and Alfons Mucha art collection, the conservation area around Trebon and Cesky Krumlov, a wonderful medieval town with a chateau. Reserve two days for Prague, which will surely leave you breathless… and wanting to return as soon as possible.
Where to Stay
Most smaller towns in the Czech Republic feature small, inexpensive hotels or bed & breakfast facilities with very affordable prices. Since the country’s tourism industry has been flourishing ever since the fall of the Iron Curtain over twenty years ago, expect good living conditions and the full range of hotel services (breakfast, Internet access, laundry, international landlines, etc.). Prague hotels can be slightly on the costly side, especially if they’re centrally located, but a good tour operator will book you the best possible deals.
Duration of Trip
You can choose to travel for as long a period of time as you want – anywhere from five to ten days. Be informed that Cesky Krumlov should take you at least two days to visit, book another full day for Brno and bear in mind that Prague has enough sights to keep you busy for at least a week. Walking tours bear the great advantage of customization. You can book the guides for just as long as you want to travel, depending on your timeframe of availability and budget.
Travel Safe and Prepared
We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for whatever reason. The Czech Republic has not switched to the Euro yet and still uses the Czech Koruna, which has kept prices fairly low, but will possibly have you facing conversion rate difficulties. We suggest buying currency at home, prior to your departure.