Winter is beautiful in the Czech Republic if… you have snow. Unfortunately, global warming makes snow more and more rare so my tips will guide you rather to mountains than to cities. If you are looking for fairy tale snowy cities like on the picture below you will likely be disappointed. Prague has snow for instance usually only for a few days every winter. Instead, my tips will guide you to the mountians. Czech mountains are beautiful in winter and there is a snow guarantee!
I visited the highest 16 mountain ranges of Czech Republic both in summer and winter including their highest peaks and it was amazing! My journey brought so many stories and pictures that I published even a book about Czech mountains. Unfortunately, the book is available only in Czech language but I have for you at least a summary of the best experiences. Today, we’ll start with winter activities. I summarized for you the best ones. Below you can find a list of the best winter adventures.
Witness Czech winter at mountain ridges after a snowstorm
Winter can be tough in Czech mountains during snow storms are not unique but he roughest conditions create the most beautiful scenery. Visit Czech mountain ridges sometime after heavy snowfall and you will be amazad. Rocks, bushes and trees or cottages covered in frost and freshly blown snow are wonderful. Where will you find the best views? The best mountains for such views are Jeseníky and Krkonoše mountains because their highest ridges lie above the tree line and that brings the best viewpoints.
Spend a night at one of the highest mountain of a Czech mountain range
Some peaks offer comfortable huts on the tops, other ones cute shelters where you can spend a night on your own if you have a warm sleeping bag. Bivuacing became very popular in Czech Republic during last years so you can find even sleepers on the highest mountain of the country – Sněžka. Which ones should you choose? You will find the best accommodation with wonderful views on Ještěd and Lysá hora. I found the best shelters in Jizerské hory (Smrk) and Deštné hory (Velké Deštná) and I tried a bivuac on Králický Sněžník. All these adventures rewarded me with unforgettable sunrises and sunsets.
Try snowshoe hiking in remote Czech mountains
I will never forget the beauty of quiet winter night when I snowshoe hiked in Hanušovická vrchovina from the highest point Jeřáb back to civilization. It was very cold but the windless evening was beautiful. There were no other people around so I could fully enjoy the sounds crunching snow below me.
Sign up for one of many cross country skiing races
The contrast of the previous point is to participate in a cross country skiing race. There you will experience on the other hand amazing atmosphere and cheerful people. Finishing a cross-country race with a long tradition is an experience for a lifetime. Similarly like Sweden has Vasaloppet, the Czech republich has Jizerská 50. Amazing atmosphere is guaranteed. Music at the start and at the finish, cheering locals around the track and squirell Jizerka at the finish will make your experience unforgettable. Besides this race, you can find many others around the country. For more information take a look here.
Tour skiing in the Czech Republic is getting very popular
Try the new trending winter sport. Ski touring becomes very popular in the Czech republic and I understand why. Climbing up on skis is a great experience and workout and you are rewarded both by beautiful views and downhills. So much better and also faster than summer hiking!
Did you find a winter activity you would like to try? Before you head to the mountains, please just make sure to be safe. There are more and more injuries every year. Underestimating weather conditions or equipment can cause fatalities.