Taste the fruits of Bohemian Paradise
What the Cotswolds are to the English, Bohemian Paradise is to Czechs, an area of stunning natural beauty dotted with chocolate box perfect cottages sitting prettily alongside a maze of romantic country lanes. In early summer Bohemian Paradise dresses in a coat of fresh young green embroidered with a myriad of wild flowers and greets its visitors with an abundance of juicy ripe fruits, growing wild all over the sun soaked countryside. It’s a paradise.
1.Conquer the symbol of Bohemian Paradise
How the castle of Trosky actually looked at the time of its creation, the sources remain silent. The construction began in the late 14th century, at a time when the myth of unconquerable castles began to disappear in the smoke of the first cannon shots.
Even its elevated position with two inaccesible towers perched on top of two basalt cones did not protect this remarkable fortress from a fall in 1469. It had slowly turned a ruin which no longer scared enemies but instead became a wonderful inspiration to painters and poets.
The remaining two towers of the once majestic castle still command over the region. You can admire this symbol of Bohemian Paradise from a distance or take a walk up the hill and enjoy the views that stretch right to the area borders.
We loved how the imposing ruin just suddenly rises in front you. While you can spot it from a distance, on approach it momentarily disappears behind hills and houses. You begin to think you’ve lost your way when its dark melancholic beauty unexpectedly reappears again, this time up close and personal.
2.Explore the mystical Prachov Rocks
Finding a way out of the fairy-tale-like labyrinth, weaving in between the rather phallic but handsome peaks of Prachov Rocks would be almost impossible without the frequent path markings.
The curious sand stone rocks are specific to Bohemian Paradise, and Prachov Rocks has become a park within a park for its density of these formations.
Early mornings or just before dawn are magical times to take a hike. The rocks and trees cast long shadows across the trails, and from time to time you can climb a lookout to get your bearings back, while admiring the changing sunlight over Prachov Rocks.
If your sense of orientation is sound, you can enter the park pretty much from any point of its borders. Those more comfortable with a map, head for a village called Prachov, where you can buy one from the tourist centre.
3.Visit historic Jicin
In the past, the town was protected by walls reinforced with towers and surrounded by a moat. Parts of the walls are still preserved around the perimeter of Jicin historic center.
The picturesque historic town of Jicin is located about 85 km northeast of Prague in the beautiful surroundings of Bohemian Paradise, a UNESCO listed area.
The original settlement was created around 13th century in the place of today’s Old Town. But like most towns, Jicin had spread out from its rectangular town square and eventually became surrounded by a checkered network of streets.