The Czech Republic is a beautiful country to explore on foot. On my walking holiday with Country Walkers we started in Vienna and hop scotched to Prague via Telc, Tabor and Cesky Krumlov. Most of the hiking was in pastoral landscapes and somewhat off the beaten paths judging by the fact we rarely met any other walkers. The itinerary was designed by our two Czech guides to provide a cross-section of landscapes and a glimpse into many of the Czech customs and traditions with well-timed stops to sample local foods. Unless you speak Czech, there’s a tremendous amount about the country you’ll miss without a knowledgeable guide.

For instance did you know that because turnip was a WWII concentration camp food it is never eaten in the Czech Republic? Or that it’s against the law to use vinegar when making sauerkraut? Or that 90% of the fish industry is based on carp? There’s nothing like shooting the breeze with your guide to get the full low down on a country.

These photos provide a sampling of the Czech countryside you’d experience between the Austrian border and Prague.

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

Hiking through fields of wildflowers in August

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

Hiking near the small town of Jindrichuv Hradec

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

Beautiful open countryside outside of Telc

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

Lots of time to explore the Cervena Lhota Castle 30 minutes outside of Tabor

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

You’ll be mooned by a rock

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

Beautiful woods – often filled with beech or oak trees with an under-story of blueberries and poison ivy

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

Forest walking in the Czech Republic

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

Corn towers above the walkers

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

You see hunting “blinds” at the side of fields; there are more hunters than people in the army in the Czech Republic

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

This old farmer was happy to smile for me

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

People put storks on their chimneys when a new baby arrives on the scene

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

One of the thousands of picturesque ponds in the Czech countryside

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

Smart way of getting all the tomatoes to ripen

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

It looks almost tropical doesn’t it

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

Eating cake guilt free when you’re on a walking holiday

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

One of the entrances to the town of Cesky Krumlov

19 Photos That will Make You Want to Discover the Czech Republic on Foot

In the hills above Cesky Krumlov

Prague is a beautiful city to end a walking holiday - but to avoid the crowds stay away from Charles Bridge during the day

Prague is a beautiful city to end a walking holiday – but to avoid the crowds stay away from Charles Bridge during the day

Would you like to see the Czech Republic on foot?

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19 Photos that will make you want to discover the Czech Republic on foot - definitely a great way to see the country

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  • Jenna says:

    I love this post so much because I love the Czech Republic! When I lived there (19-20 years ago!), one of the first things I noticed about the Czech people was how much time they enjoy spending outdoors, whether on a weekend hike or an outdoor party in the evening with friends. Such a beautiful country, especially in the countryside.

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