On Nedvězí Hill you can see 1/3 of Northern Bohemia.
So first of all, I apologize if this post isn’t exactly as…useful as some of the others have been. I think I did ok in the end, but as I started writing this, I realized just how much I blindly followed my Czech friend around on this daytrip.
Definitely didn’t pay as much attention to my surroundings as a blogger should!
But, I did include some good links and names and photos here, and at least I can tell you that hiking in to Nedvězí Hill just as fun as hiking anywhere else in that great country!
So, first we started off in the town of Dubá, a cute little place which is a bit over an hour north of Prague and easily accessible by bus.
We then hiked out of the little town (the first photo below was 1 minute outside of town) towards the Kokořínsko mountains*/rock formations.
On the way into the forest we passed rhubarb and cherries and picked raspberries and blueberries, stuffing our faces to our hearts’ content.
Fun fact: On the photo below, notice how the vegetation is very different from the left to the right side of the road? The right side is the native forest of Bohemia – very swampy and lush and full of light trees and ferns. The left side was introduced waaayyy back in the day from places like Germany for easy-growth lumber, and it has definitely become and invasive species. There are extensive native-growth re-forestation projects going on in Bohemia, and even on our hike we passed 3 workers tending a small patch of baby bohemian trees.
It was an easy hike and followed those easy trail markers (red ones, again!) that the CZ is so famous for. After that hike/stroll among the forest and berries, we reached the bottom of a hill called Nedvězí (the end point of our hike) and started to climb. The photo below does not do the hill justice.
But, after persevering through woods and scree and past cottages and fruit trees, we left the shade to enter a sea of tall grasses, stretching on and on to end somewhere up above. And once we finally reached the top?
We were greeted with a 360 view so wide that it covered one third of all of Northern Bohemia.
That’s a lot of land.
In every direction ran expansive valleys and rolling green hills. Definitely worth the intense hike up!
We caught our breath and sat in the sun relaxing before reluctantly deciding to continue on. But luckily, on the way down, the views continued. We were treated to even more forested hills, although this time interspersed with golden fields and little cottages.
Just adorable golden fields,
And even cuter historical Czech cottages.
Oh and don’t forget the little towns with picturesque one-room churches.
After that rewarding view at the top of the hill, it was nice to find the return trip to be as pleasant and photo-worthy!
The whole trip took us 4 hours, and was about 20 km (if I remember correctly). So a good morning’s hike, and one that involves a good healthy work-out, although isn’t too strenuous throughout.
And as always, don’t forget to schedule in time for a beer in Dubá before your bus home!
Because no Czech hike would be complete without…
In my previous post about how easy it is to go hiking in the CZ, there are some links to general sites that promote hiking in the CZ. If you can’t find what you want there, you can also just type in “hiking czech republic nedvězí” to google and you’ll find routes and maps.
If you’re interested in another place to go hiking, here’s information about Český ráj, the beautiful nature preserve called the Czech Paradise.
And as always, bring water and some power-snacks, a jacket for changing weather, and good knowledge about the return bus/train times!
*”mountains” means kinda steep rolling hills, mind you. The Czechs don’t really have MOUNTAINS.