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Via Czechia - South Trail - hiking

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The South Trail of Via Czechia is the second longest hiking route in Czechia. The 1,050 km long trail connects easternmost  and westernmost points of Czechia. South Trail passes through 15 mountain ranges and geographical areas, over 6 protected landscape areas, 2 national parks, many historical towns and countless national nature reserves and natural monuments. If you complete the whole trail, you will have climbed over 20 peaks higher than 1,000 meters and set foot on the easternmost, southernmost and westernmost points of Czechia.

Open
moderate
Distance 1,051.1 km
289:41 h
19,379 m
19,319 m

Unforgettable Journey

Via Czechia long-distance trails are inviting you to explore and enjoy the rich natural, historical and cultural heritage of the country that forms the heart of Europe.

Come and cross this small country from its westernmost to the easternmost border, explore its rich cultural heritage first shaped by the Celtic tribe of Boii, who left their mark not only in the name of the country “Bohemia”  but also in the landscape by having built their centuries-lasting oppida. Stop in small towns and sites of Christian pilgrimage nestled along the way – the silent witnesses of the glory of the ancient Kingdom of the Czech Crown, and let the footpaths lead you again through the countless mountain ranges, picturesque sceneries and deep forests.

Easy to Plan

Hiking the entire trail takes between six and seven weeks. If you choose to ride a bike it will take you from two to three weeks one way. Links to all stages and gpx files are to be found on Via Czechia website.

You don’t have to hike the entire trail at once. The trail is broken down to stages the start and finish of which are served by public transportation.

Each daily stage finishes in a place that caters for hikers and bikers and offers convenient accommodation. We mapped the providers along the trail and prepared a list of recommended mountain lodges, hotels, guest houses.

Easy to Navigate

The trails follow the hiking paths marked by color-coded signs of the Czech Tourist Club. The Club’s world-unique trail marking system  was established over 100 years ago and has been developed and maintained by its members on a voluntary basis ever since.

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Author
Jan Hocek
Update: January 03, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Plechý, 1,378 m
Lowest point
Lanžhot, 149 m
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Start

Easternmost point of Czechia (499 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.550580, 18.859151
DMS
49°33'02.1"N 18°51'32.9"E
UTM
34U 345151 5490866
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Destination

Westernmost point of Czechia

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail is broken down to 44 daily stages, each roughly 20 – 25 kilometers long, and to 12 sections, representing separate mountain ranges or geomorphological regions. These sections are:

1. Moravian–Silesian Beskids - 52 km - 3 days
2. Maple Mountains - 45 km - 2 days
3. White Carpathians - 110 km - 5 days
4. Dolnomoravský úval - 84 km - 3 days
5. Mikulov Highlands and Dyjsko-svratecký úval - 80 km -3 days
6. Bohemian-Moravian Highlands - 138 km - 6 days
7. Trebon Basin - 28 km - 1 day
8. Novohradské Mountains - 93 km - 4 days
9. Šumava Mountains - 192 km - 8 days
10. Všeruby Highlands - 32 km - 1 day
11. Bohemian Forest - 133 km - 5 days
12. Fichtel Mountains - 64 km - 3 days

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coordinates

DD
49.550580, 18.859151
DMS
49°33'02.1"N 18°51'32.9"E
UTM
34U 345151 5490866
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Equipment

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
1,051.1 km
Duration
289:41 h
Ascent
19,379 m
Descent
19,319 m
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