Vienna to Prague
Discover the modern spirit of the new Czech Republic against the historic landscape of one of Europe's oldest countries.
Crossing the border from Austria, we discover a land of rural villages rich in folklore and tradition, wooded hills, rare flowers and tranquil lakes. We marvel at Baroque architecture and meander through majestic landscaped parkland. We explore the unspoilt town of Ceský Krumlov and sample the beer in one of the oldest breweries in Europe.
Our trip ends in the vibrant capital city of Prague, where we walk the famous Charles Bridge and visit Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world.
Walk Rating: Easy to Moderate. Forest walks and open country, firm paths with some brisk hill-walking. 7-10 miles walking per day.
US$4195.00 per person double occupancy
US$4195.00 per person double occupancy
Walk begins in Lednice with arrival in Vienna City Air Terminal, Austria and ends in Prague, Czech Republic.
Make sure you allow time to explore Vienna on your own, before meeting The Wayfarers for the drive to Lednice, former summer residence of Liechtenstein family. We arrive at our hotel for our Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.
In the morning we visit Mikulov, situated in the heart of Moravia's wine region, and we walk through its small town centre, adorned with jewels of Baroque architecture. We continue to nearby Palava hills, a splendid nature reserve with medieval ruins, rare flowers and distant views. In the afternoon we return to Lednice and visit its chateau grounds and remarkable conservatory. We end our day in a typical wine cellar with local food and folk music.
We drive westwards to another wine region around Znojmo. Here we walk along the river Thaya (Dyje), which forms the natural border with Austria, and its unique, untouched valley has become the National Park Thayatal (Podyjí). We end our day in Znojmo, one of the oldest towns in the country, with a picturesque and quiet historic centre, not yet discovered by tourists.
Our day starts with a drive to Slavonice, a small historic town where time stopped centuries ago. Our walk then takes us into the beautiful natural area called "Czech Canada", through forests and along lakes. After a lunch in a typical village we drive on to Telc, a Renaissance jewel, listed by UNESCO, for a short walk around the triangular town square with its embellished building facades. We finish our day at Jindrichuv Hradec (Henry's Castle) where we stay in a hotel in the central square.
We walk through forests and past numerous lakes to the little town of Trebon with its colourful historic buildings, cobblestone streets and moat. After lunch in a local fish restaurant, we journey on to Cesky Krumlov, one of Europe’s most beautiful and best-preserved towns.
From the hotel, we walk to the richly decorated castle for a guided tour. This castle is one of the largest in Central Europe and was originally constructed in the 13th century into the side of the rock cliffs towering above the Vltava river, giving stunning views across the rooftops of the town. After this we walk out of the town, through the castle grounds up to the hills of Sumava National park. This is part of the "Sudentenland" where, until 1946, it was mainly inhabited by Germans but now it is almost a deserted wilderness with meadows, forests and distant views. We return to Cesky Krumlov for lunch and have the afternoon free to explore the town further, maybe do a little shopping or return to the hotel to enjoy a massage in the spa.
After breakfast we transfer by bus from Cesky Krumlov to the center of Prague. On arrival, we start our walk at Strahov Hill which is the highest point in Prague with a beautiful view of the city. Then we walk along the streets of Hradcany towards the Castle, through its courtyards and then downhill towards Charles Bridge, one of the most beautiful bridges in Europe. Our hotel is situated at the foot of it. After lunch, we walk across the bridge to the Old Town to see the famous astronomical clock on the medieval Town Hall and continue to the far end of the "Coronation route" where we find the Gothic Powder Tower. We end our day in a fine restaurant for our Farewell dinner.
There is no scheduled transfer at the end of this walk as many Wayfarers opt to stay longer in Prague to explore this splendid city further.
This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.
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My Hotel - Saturday & Sunday
21. dubna 657
691 44 Lednice na Morave
T: +420 519-340-130
F: +420 519-340-166
This recently renovated hotel is situated in the heart of the extensive Lednice-Valtice grounds, declared a UNESCO site in 1996, and the stunning Lednice chateau can be reached in 5 minutes by foot from the hotel. Hotel rooms are tastefully furnished with a modern bathroom, hairdryer, telephone, minibar, TV with satellite and Wi-Fi internet access.
The chateau-style restaurant serves traditional Czech dishes as well as international cuisine. The hotel offers a convenient currency exchange office, laundry and dry-cleaning service and a range of sports facilities including tennis courts (with artificial surface), table tennis, volleyball and mountain bikes.
Hotel Lahofer - Monday
671 00 Znojmo
T: +420 515 220 323
F: +420 515 220 332
Originally a 14th century house, the Hotel Lahofer is located in the historic heart of this peaceful little town. The building is now completely renovated into a comfortable, boutique hotel and is ideally situated, only a couple of minutes gentle stroll from the town brewery, rotunda, town square and shops. Its popular restaurant serves tasty meals and great wines as the owner also runs a winery!
All bedrooms are contemporary in décor and are equipped with ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, internet connection, minibar, safe, LCD television and most have air conditioning.
Hotel Concertino - Tuesday
Namesti Miru 141/I
377 01 Jindrichuv Hradec
T: +420 384-362-320
F: +420 384-362-323
In 1996 the Concertino ('Golden Goose') hotel opened in the historical centre of Jindrichuv Hradec, one of the most beautiful towns in South-Bohemia. Its construction cleverly incorporates buildings from the Renaissance period while producing a complex providing modern accommodation. It is located in the centre of the old town with easy access to its shopping facilities.
This well-equiped hotel is surrounded by historical architecture dating back to the 13th century. Every bedroom has a hall, bathroom, hairdryer, telephone, TV, mini bar and roomsafe. The hotel's many facilities include three restaurants serving both domestic and international cuisine, lounge, cafe, bar and pub, a hairdresser, table tennis and billiards.
Hotel Ruze - Wednesday & Thursday
381 01 Cesky Krumlov
T: +420 380-772-100
F: +420 380-713-146
The Hotel Ruze (the Rose) is the finest hotel in Cesky Krumlov. It was constructed in the 16th century as a Jesuit Monastery and University and has carefully preserved the beauty and style of the Renaissance, despite recent extensive interior restoration and modernisation. It is now a luxurious five star hotel, maintaining the spirit and style of the Renaissance, yet fully satisfying all the requirements of the 21st century. The restaurant and banquet hall offer Bohemian, international and medieval dishes which are served by waiters in 16th century robes.
All rooms still reflect the celebrity and brilliancy of the Renaissance time and are equipped with bath, WC, satellite TV, radio, minibar, hair dryer and telephone. The hotel sports centre is equipped with pool with jet stream, gym, sauna, solarioum, massage, hairdressing and beauty salon.
Rezidence Lundborg - Friday
U Luzickeho Seminare 3
118 01 Prague 1
T: +420 257-011-911
F: +420 257-011-966
Rezidence Lundborg is located in the heart of historical Prague where the Charles Bridge connects to the castle in the Old Town. It is a small hotel which has been adapted to today's needs in a very luxurious way. The building is almost 700 years old and has been carefully restored with beautiful rooms and a stylish interior. Breakfast is buffet-style and is served in the hotel's breakfast restaurant. This hotel does not serve lunch or dinner but there are plenty of cozy restaurants and traditional Czech pubs nearby.
All guests are accommodated in suites which feature ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, airconditioning, TV, hifi, minibar, safe, kitchenette and living room with computer and internet connection. The hotel also has a newly opened massage studio (treatment details are on the hotel's website).
This hotel list is a provided as an example. We may use different hotels of the same quality and style on specific trips. The Wayfarers will notify confirmed travelers of any changes to the hotels.
Before & After:
- Extend your trip to stay in Vienna and Prague
- Consider breaking new ground in neighboring Poland or Slovakia
The Czech Republic has a typical European continental-influenced climate with warm, dry summers and fairly cold winters. Summer, from June to mid-September, is generally sunny with daytime temperatures in the region of 70-80°F (21-27°C) and peaks as high as 86°F (30°C ), sometimes with a little humidity. Daytime temperatures decline a little towards the end of September to early October, to around 65-75°F (18-24°C) and, although the days are still warm, the evenings will feel cool. Sudden showers and thunderstorms are common at any time of year, so bring good quality, lightweight, rain gear.
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