The Czech Republic, bordered by four countries with Germany to the Northwest and Austria to the South, is a landlocked European country. The mountains are lower and the terrain varies, but collectively the country provides the outdoor traveler with great encounters with nature. Czech Republic wonders of nature are beautiful and worthy of exploration.
Take a look below and discover some of the natural wonders of Czech Republic:
Peklo National Natural Monument
The Peklo National Natural Monument in Czech Republic stretches in 4 kilometers wide within the northern part of the country. Peklo literally means “The Hell” in English. It measures between 35 and 45 meters in height and is a famous tourist attraction not only for tourists, but also for botanists and geologists. Tourists usually visit the place during the spring season so as to witness the breathtaking spectacles of the blooming snowflakes.
The entire valley is very rich in endangered animal species such as the river otter, kingfisher, and the eagle owl. It also boasts and protects some rare plant species like the Primrose higher and the spring snowflake.
Arriving by train, visitors will notice some rock formations, resembling animal shapes such as a lizard and a turtle. The Peklo valley also leads towards a very pleasant 4-kilometer long hiking trail. The narrow forest trail offers several footbridges crossing the stream. Hikers can even walk through a rock tunnel. The valley’s southern end lays Karba settlement, which is composed of houses that sunk into the rocks.
Sumava National Park
The Šumava National Park was established in 1991 as Šumava’s most precious sites were granted protection. The precious, protected sites of Šumava include the wild river valleys of Křemelná and the Vydra, the massive plateaus with moors, the Laka, Prášilské, and Plešné glacial lakes, the peak of the border mountain range, the isolated forests of Plechý, Smrčina, Stožec, and so much more.
The total area of the park measures 69,030 hectares and considered as the largest park in the country. However, its altitude varies between 600 and 1,400 meters above the sea level. Plechý is its highest point, measuring at 1,378 meters in the south. The entire area is composed of 7 villages and several small settlements.
The Bohomeian Paradise is also a protected area as it was declared as the very first nature reserve in the country in 1955. Previously, the area measured 95 square kilometers, but today, it measures at 182 square kilometers. Bohomeian Paradise is situated north of Bohemia and northeastward from Prague, Czech’s capital city.
The piece of land is never boring as there are several beauties to admire. Tourists can drive to different castles, ruins, museums, chateaus, and so much more. Even by merely walking, there are couple admirable sights to witness, although the most recognizable element in the area is the sandstone rock. In fact, many towns were constructed out of sandstone rocks, while other structures were shaped by erosion, frost, water, and wind. Climbers can also appreciate and surmount some of these sandstone rocks.
The Pravčická Brána is the country’s natural monument, and Europe’s largest natural stone bridge. It has a remarkable dimension with the arch span at the bottom measuring at 26.5 meters, 16 meters height of the opening, 7 to 8 meters wide, with a minimum of 3-meter thickness, while the bridge’s surface area measures at 21 meters above its base.
There are well-maintained trails from the entry point, along with a staircase that diverge into separate lookout points, observing Pravčická Brána itself, while enjoying the magnificent views of both near and far surroundings. The Falcon’s Nest is inseparable from the monument. It is a holiday chateau, which was built in 1881. Originally, Falcon’s Nest has been accommodating important visitors of the Clary-Aldringen family, but today, its first floor showcases a preserved, period restaurant primarily decorated with original paint works.
The Mumlava Waterfalls are situated in the country’s northern region, mainly on Mumlava River, which is less than a kilometer north of Harrachov, a famous winter center. The 12-meter waterfalls are shaped by rocky stones and are considered as the most powerful within Krkonoše Mountains. A restaurant called the Mumlava shed is located nearby the waterfalls, offering delectable delicacies to every visitor.
The 8-meter tall and 10-meter wide waterfalls are accessible by foot or bike since motor vehicles are prohibited. Visitors can drop by the mining museum on the way to the waterfalls as this site is accessible all year-round. From the waterfalls, tourists can continue their remarkable journey towards the Vosecká shed and to many other spectacular destinations.