Czech Republic: Exploring Jeseniky Mountains

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Are you an outdoor enthusiast? If you are an avid hiker like me, you are on for a treat come along ! Let’s explore Jeseniky Mountain in Czech Republic and experience it’s stunning beauty!”

Have you ever thought of the Czech Republic as a place for outdoorsy activities? If not,  do come along and I will show you the way and let’s explore Czech Republic beyond the City Capital of Prague.

After a couple of days exploring  the City Capital of Prague, do explore and experience the adventurous side of the Czech Republic! Welcome to Jeseniky Mountain, full of raw beauty and lots of surprises!

From Ostrava with our tour guide and private van full of bloggers, imagine the bursting of excitement and energy that fills the air! We were all eager and ready for fun and adventures!

Blast from the Past:  Our first stop was a quick visit at the Sovinec Castle. Situated in the foothills of the Jeseniky Mountains and is considered the best preserved castle fortress in Moravian Region.

The medieval castle complex was founded around  the 14th century. During the 15th century, it has added the  Gothic style courtyard   from  its original Renaissance and Baroque style. In 1624 the  Knights Order acquired the place.  The fire damage left during the war was then renovated and since it has served as a prison and a base during the WW11, nowadays the castle caters for cultural events,  concerts, and theatrical performances.

Visitors can climb the stunning lookout tower offering a lovely scenic landscape of the Jeseniky Mountain range. You can also wander around to the different courtyards passing along with the local volunteers wearing their period costumes.

There were also different exhibitions of the local re-enactments such as Medieval fencing. Watching the gunpowder firing, the roaring sounds of the gun echoing, and the stench of sulphur in the air, it felt like you are being transported to the previous century.

Water Sport in a Reservoir:  We headed towards the Slezska Harta water reservoir, after 40 minutes drive we were welcomed by the water dam. It is situated Nizky Jesenik mountain range in  the Moravian-Silesian Region.

The Slezska dam was built  in 1987 and during the construction of the dam they demolished villages, that  allows to connect on the upper course of the Moravice River. It is considered as one of the largest  reservoir in the country with  8 km surface. and 80 metres deep.  Nowadays the dam mainly generates electricity and drinking water  supply to the nearby villages and town.

Finally, as soon as we got off the van, we were all eager to explore the place. There are different water sport offered in the area, such as paddle boating, canoeing and kayaking. While the sun was shining so bright and the water is so inviting, and so tempting to just jump off to the water.

But we were scheduled for an hour paddle boating, as we paddled away from the water’s edge towards the vast expanse of the dam. And the forested conifer area surrounds the place completes the relaxing atmosphere, just let your mind absorb the sounds of the nature around.

Stay at the idyllic Mountain Resort:  Where else would be the perfect place to stay, a mountain village brimming with charm rather than in Koprivna Resort Pod Pradedem. Situated in Mala Moravka offering an uninterrupted breathtaking panoramic view of Jeseniky mountain also guarantees  the most clear air in Europe.

The hotel surroundings offers options of recreation, whether you like to relax and unwind at the  outdoor heated pool or book yourself a pampering spa day.

With stylist on-site restaurant offering great local food as well as an amazing view of the valley from the terrace, whilst sipping a glass of bubbly!

The endless possibilities for adrenaline junkies in the fun park nearby! Wide range of activities like cycling on a different path from 3 to 12 km descend.

Suitable for all abilities with graded man made trail from fun trail, spicy free ride, gravity line and down hill  there’s scooters and buggies during summertime. There is a 1350 metres long ski slope perfect for ski experience and snowboarding during wintertime.

After a restful night, we had an early start from enjoying the outdoor pool and a quick hearty breakfast, before headed towards the Fun Park.

Photo credit to Acodreams

With our bike and gear ready, we headed to the ski lift to take us to the starting point of a bike trail. Being un-experience off road bike and my first time down hill mountain biking I opted to follow the Fun Trail.

Even it’s the easiest trail  it was exhilarating fun! Following the muddy and fast flowing single dirt track, there are even times I was just walking along with my bike as I was too afraid to pedal throughout the technical downhill tracks and jumps, while the other riders whooshing past me.


Raw beauty of Jeseniky Mountain:
  A great start of the day, we visited Karlova Studanka a beautiful countryside at the heart of the Jeseniky mountain.

Marvel the beauty of the village and take a deep breath and savour the fresh air, as well at the enjoy the spa facility ( but we didn’t have time for relaxation maybe next time! )

The picturesque village offers the most attractive natural areas that offers plenty of hiking trails and staring point following the NatureTrail Bila Opava.

We followed the Blue and Yellow trail and passing along with  wooded bridges and stairways the hike along the Bila Opava Valley was a picture perfect. The hike following the valley stream and waterfalls, we can’t help but stop for a couple of camera clicks.

Even though it was a sunny day  but the demanding trail offers great vegetation level of spruce and beech making the hike cooler and bearable, while a stop at the spring to have a cool and  drink of spring water was so refreshing!

Unique Stay at the  TV Transmitter:  After a couple of hours following the Bila Opava ValleyTrail, we reached the Praded summit.

Praded  or Great Father is situated in the centre of the highest part of Jeseniky is 1491 metres high. It’s the 5th highest  in the Czech Republic, and a television transmitter is situated on the top with watch tower platform.

What a better way to finished a hike with the 360 degree spectacular views of the Jeseniky mountain range! And bonus we are staying in TV Transmitter hotel, it’s literally the highest possible accommodation in the Czech Republic!

The original watch tower was a stone building with 32 metre high, due to unmaintained condition and exposed to weather it collapsed in 1959, then the new TV transmitter was built 146.5 meter high, providing accommodation, restaurant and watchtower.”

An aching legs and sore muscle won’t stop anybody to enjoy a sunset view! Dragging myself out from my room to the viewing deck was worth it.

What a better way to end a great day hiking shared with amazing people, than a magnificent view of sunset overlooking the Jeseniky mountain  range with a bottle of bubbly at hand! Cheers to a wonderful day!

A kick start to exhilarating activity! To end these jam packed getaway. A visit to the Dlouhe Strane Hydro Power Plant is a must! Situated at the top of Dlouhe Strane mountain at an altitude of 1,350 m high.

Considering the most unique and largest reversible water turbines in Europe. It has become the most visited places on Jeseniky Mountain, offering stunning landscape and also one of the seven wonders of the Czech Republic.

If the visit to the power plant is not enticing to those adrenaline junkies out there. Why not descent  with a style! Hire a Kick scooter.For sure it is exhilarating enough to pump up those bloods running through your veins as you whisk along the 17 km downhill at a full speed.

 

Photo credit to Brogan Abroad

 

Disclaimer:  Even though I enjoyed my experience as a guest of the Ostrava Tourism Board , however I received no further remuneration to write this post. I retained full editorial control and opinions are my own.

 

Insider’s Tip:

  • Calling all outdoorsy and adventurous people! Yes, I’m talking to you! The Jeseniky Mountain is for you to explore and enjoy. There are so many hiking trails for you to discover!
  • If you just want to relax and unwind in a peaceful place, I urge you to go and explore Jeseniky Mountain. Close your eyes and take a deep breath and enjoy the magnificent view around you!
  • The photo’s didn’t do justice, it’s only a glimpse! Go discover Jeseniky Mountain, it’s awaiting for outdoor enthusiast like you!

Did you like this post? I have another post for Ostava Czech Republic do check out!

 

 

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Anneklien
Hi Im Meanne Anneklien, a part time traveller and photographer. I love solo travelling and through this blog I would like to inspire others to travel more. Lets explore and experience first hand the different cultures, customs and sample the world cuisines, and meeting amazing people along our wonderful journeys.

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