Praha - Tábor

Trail length:
110 km
Starting point:
Praha, Průhonice, Týnec nad Sázavou, Sedlčany, Sedlec - Prčice
Ending point:
Tábor
Places to visit


The Prague-Vienna Greenways Trail starts in the park at the Greenways information panel situated near the lake under the elevated metro tube.The bicycle trail ÚJ-BR takes you to the suburbs of Újezd where it becomes the cycle route #11 leading to Průhonice.The cycle route # 11 leaves Průhonice and climbs past the Chateau’s Game Park through the forests and fields to the village of Petříkov. 

From Týnec nad Sázavou the cycle route # 11 climbs along the quiet roads through the small town of Neveklov to the village of Klimětice. Then you will bike trough the gently undulating, mostly descending countryside to the village of Červený Hrádek. Cheese lovers can take the cycle route # 11a for a short detour to the Hermelín Cheese (Camembert type) Factory at Sedlčany.

The cycle route # 11 continues from Sedlčany to the town of Sedlec-Prčice. The landscape will change and you will bike through the attractive Bohemian Merán Basin hugged by the ridges of Čertova hrbatina Hills. The region was named after the Italian Merano region because of its similar mild climate and spectacular views from the hills. 

Past Sedlec-Prčice, the bicycle trail climbs steeply up from the Bohemian Merán Basin to the village of Červený Újezd. The reward is a great view of the whole region. Then, the cycle route #11 descends gently to the village of Borotín. From here, you will bike through the gentle rolling hills gradually descending, passing through quiet villages with vernacular South Bohemian architecture - the houses have ornate façades decorated mostly by circular and wave designs. Unfortunately, the trail becomes very busy as you approach Tábor, but it is the only way to reach the centre of this beautiful historical town.


Central Park in Prague District 13
The Central Park is a green oasis offering many opportunities for relaxation in the middle of a large high-rise housing project. Many of the city bicycle trails pass through it meandering along the Prokop Creek, with plenty of playgrounds and benches. The two man-made lakes are home to many species of waterfowl, amphibians and other fauna.

Prokop Creek & Dalej Creek Valleys
The Prokop Creek Valley, joined by the Dalej Creek Valley in the west, form one of Prague’s most interesting natural landscapes. It is also part of the Bohemian Karst region, where many fossils, such as trilobites, have been found dating back to the Palaeozoic period. The whole region was heavily mined for lime and many artificial and natural outcrops with different limestone layers reveal the geological history.

Průhonice
We recommend visiting the large Průhonice Chateau Park with an impressive tree collection. In summer, visitors will be stunned by the varieties of blooming roses and rhododendrons, while in autumn the season turns on the best of its colors. Despite the 40 km of paths, no bicycles are allowed. The Neo-Renaissance chateau is the home of the Botanic Department of the Czech Academy of Sciences, but unfortunately, it is not accessible to the public.

Olešky
This quiet and picturesque village is dominated by the late Romanesque Church of the Birth of Virgin Mary built in the 13th century and later renovated in Baroque style. There are valuable Gothic murals at the nave of the church. The interior can only be visited by appointment (tel: 323 673 722).

Štiřín
This Baroque chateau was built in the place of a former 15th century fort. It now includes statues by the world famous sculptor Matyáš Braun. Some of the best statues can be seen on the steps of the chateau. To get to them, go through the chateau’s gate next to the Atis building and continue in the direction of the main entrance. The chateau is a luxury hotel and congress centre surrounded by an English Park with a water alcove and a golf course. The English Park can be visited by groups only by prior arrangement at tel: 255 736 111. 

Kamenice - Ringhofferovo náměstí 434, tel: 323 672 643
Kamenice is a small industrial town. In the 19th century, it was greatly influenced by the powerful industrialist Frantisek Ringhoffer and his family who came here from Prague. Initially, they opened up a copper foundry here. Later a sawmill was added, then brickworks, a dairy and also a brewery in the near town of Velké Popovice. Eventually, the family owned all the houses in the town, including the chateau. 

Týnec nad Sázavou - K Náklí 404, tel: 420 317 701 923
The small town of Týnec nad Sázavou sits in a picturesque valley of the Sázava River. The rich and long history of this town is still visible in some of its monuments, such as the Romanesque Rotunda that date back to the 10th century and the Gothic Tower at the castle. In summer, you can climb the Gothic Tower for views of the town and region. Inside the tower, on the second to last floor, you can meet its unique tenants – a summer colony of bats (included in the European List of Natura 2000). Near the tower is the Municipal Museum with a permanent exposition of the famous` Týnec Earthenware (similar to porcelain). The museum also hosts exhibits of local artists, concerts, summer outdoor theater and the annual festival of Týnecký střep (Týnec Crock Festival). Týnec is a Mecca for water sports and boats can be rented from the Vodácké a turistické centrum BISPORT (tel.: 317 701 460). 

Neveklov - Náměstí Jana Heřmana 83, tel: 317 741 207
The dominant feature of Neveklov is the Baroque Church of St. Gall surrounded by a wall with two Baroque gates. The main square’s centre piece is the Baroque plague column (1733) and a monument to the deportation of local Jewish population.

Červený Hrádek
The charming red-coloured Neo-Gothic Červený Hrádek Chateau (architect Jan Kotěra) sits in the middle of a lake. In the 13th century, it was a Gothic fortified water castle. There is an interesting Baroque granary in the chateau’s English Park. At the time of writing the chateau was under reconstruction, as it was greatly neglected during the 40 years of communist regime. Its new owners are in the process of restoring it and making it accessible to the public. 

Detour to Sedlčany - Náměstí T.G.M. 32,  tel: 318 822 742
The town of Sedlčany is one of the oldest settlements in Bohemia. At the turn of the 14th century this important trading town belonged to the powerful Rožmberk Family nobility. They also added to the town’s crest their five petal rose, the Rozmberk’s coat of arms. Among some of the other owners of the town is the famous Czech builder of ponds, Jakub Krčín from Jelčany, who built ”Musík” the largest pond in the region. During the WW II, the Germans established a large training base for their SS units in the region, and in 1943 all of its inhabitants were forced out.
 
There are several interesting places to see in Sedlčany: the early Gothic Church of St. Martin and the Municipal Museum with an exhibit on local history. The museum’s rarest relic is the first violin used by the famous Czech composer Josef Suk, who was born in the nearby village of Křečovice. The town of Sedlčany holds the annual music festival Sukovy Sedlčany in his honour.

Jesenice
Approaching the village of Jesenice, you can’t miss noticing from afar the dominating tower of the Baroque Church of Holiest Trinity. The Jesenice Calvary Nature Trail starts at the church. At the turn-off to the village of Martinice, you will see an 18th century statue of St. John of Nepomuk at the farmhouse No. 15 near the stone bridge. 

Sedlec-Prčice Vítkovo náměstí 69, tel.: 317 834 328
Since the Renaissance, the towns of Sedlec and Prčice evolved separately until they were joined into one town in 1957. There are several interesting places to visit in Prčice, such as the Church of St. Lawrence, a small Regional Museum, a pleasant park and the Jewish Cemetery (at the edge of town), and in Sedlec, the Church of St. Jerome.

Every spring since 1966, the popular Prague - Prčice walk takes place. Hundreds of people take part, hoping for the trophy of the “Prcice Clodhopper”. Its stone sculpture decorates the Vítkovo square in Prčice.

Those who are interested in exploring more of the region can try one of the many local bicycle or walking trails of the Čertovo břemeno Greenways named after the nearby rock formation. Some of the most interesting nature trails are the Nadějkovsko Trail, Stations of the Cross Trail from Jistebnice to the Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene, or the Bohemian Merán Chapels Trail.
 

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