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Via Czechia - South Trail - cycling

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The South Trail of Via Czechia is the second longest cycling route in Czechia (after the North Trail). The trail connects easternmost and westernmost points of Czechia, passes through 15 mountain ranges and geographical areas, over 6 protected landscape areas, 2 national parks and countless historical towns, nature reserves and natural monuments. If you complete the whole trail, you would set foot on the easternmost, southernmost and westernmost points of Czechia.
Open
moderate
Distance 1,078.1 km
119:48 h
14,513 m
14,453 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

Cycling the entire trail takes between 2-3 weeks one way. Links to all stages and gpx files are to be found on Via Czechia website.

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

Each 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 mostly the cycling or hiking paths marked by signs of the Czech Tourist Club. The Club’s world-unique hiking 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: December 23, 2020
Difficulty
S1 moderate
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Highest point
Poledník, 1,315 m
Lowest point
Lanžhot, 150 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 12 sections, representing separate mountain ranges or geomorphological regions. These sections are:

1. Moravian–Silesian Beskids - 62 km
2. Maple Mountains - 51 km
3. White Carpathians - 125 km
4. Dolnomoravský úval - 85 km
5. Mikulov Highlands and Dyjsko-svratecký úval - 80 km
6. Bohemian-Moravian Highlands - 132 km
7. Trebon Basin - 29 km
8. Novohradské Mountains - 98 km
9. Šumava Mountains - 192 km
10. Všeruby Highlands - 31 km
11. Bohemian Forest - 127 km
12. Fichtel Mountains - 65 km

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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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

Classical mountain bike is best, but trekking or gravelbike is also OK.

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Long Distance Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Spoke wrench
  • Zip ties
  • Lubricant
  • Screwdrivers
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
  • Handlebar / frame / saddle bags   
  • Mudguards recommended

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  • 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
S1 moderate
Distance
1,078.1 km
Duration
119:48 h
Ascent
14,513 m
Descent
14,453 m
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