Walking

Tips for trips

Towers

Views of Pilsen can be enjoyed not only from the tower of St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, but also from three viewing towers located on the outskirts of the city. From the hills Krkavec, Chlum and Sylván you will have at your fingertips not only the entire city, but when visibility is good, you will be able to see the peaks of the surrounding mountain ranges – Šumava, Krušné hory (mountains), or Brdy. An equally fascinating view is offered by the ruins of the castle Radyně near Starý Plzenec.

Around the five Bolevecké rybníky (ponds) (6 km)

From the final stop for tram number 4 (Košutka), we go along the yellow trail past Šídlovský rybník (pond) to Kamenný rybník (you can turn onto another trail to get to a technical monument – a historic resin furnace-1 km away). After crossing the main road we go past the Sofronka arboretum (possibility to go along a 750-m-long nature trail) to Senecký rybník (pond). Along the pond Košinář to the Velký bolevecký rybník (large pond) dam , where city bus number 20 stops. In summer refreshments are available.

Zábělá (6-km circuit)

We start in the city district Bukovec (from the bus stop Bukovec-bus number 28). The trail connects with the Zábělá nature trail, thanks to which you will see not only a beautiful gamekeeper’s cottage, but also
century-old mixed forest groves and rich vegetation on a rocky promontory above the Berounka River. The most beautiful time to walk the Zábělá nature trail is in spring, when the hillside is dotted with spring flowers. To return to Bukovec take the red-marked trail. No refreshments are available.

To Krkavec (11-km circuit)

From the final stop of tram number 4 (Košutka) go along the red trail past Strženka rybník (pond) in the nature reserve Petrovka. Continue through a pine forest to Krkavec hill (504 m above sea level) with a viewing tower and snacks. Go back to the red trail (then continue along the blue trail). Go around the top of Sytná hill and past a few old sand quarries. The blue trail will lead you back to the final stop of tram number 4.

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Nature Trails

Sigmond nature trail

This seven-kilometer trail is easy and leads mostly through wooded terrain along well-kept roads. There are fifteen stops along the way, such as at Petrovka nature reserve, Petrovský spring, the memorable spruce tree Troják (which age is estimated at 140 years), cross-stones, a tar furnace (an important technical monument from the 18th century, the only surviving furnace for the production of resin in the Czech Republic).

Nature trail in the footsteps of František Maloch

One of the oldest preserved trails in the Pilsen area leads along the left bank of the Berounka River. The trail begins in the suburban district of Bílá Hora and leads to the ruins of the castle Věžka near the village of Druztová. On the 9-kilometer trail you will be accompanied by eleven information boards. The Maloch trail is interesting from a historical perspective. Bílá Hora, the small fortress called Roudná in the village of Druztová and Čertův mlýn are all historic sites interesting to both children and adults.

Forestry Nature Trail Zábělá

Zábělá Nature Reserve (32 ha) is located in the suburban part of town Bukovec of the right bank of the Berounka River. The 5-km nature trail has two starting points-from Bukovec or Zábělá and 10 stops along the way. During the trip, you will learn not only about natural pine forest and hornbeam-oak relict wood with rich grove vegetation, but also about the history of a 2000 year-old fortification on the Holý vrch (bald peak) trail. It is also used by cyclists and ends at Dolanský most (bridge).

Nature Trail in the Arboretum Sofronka

The arboretum is located in the Bolevec ponds recreation area. It is a unique collection of pine trees, one of the largest on the Eurasian continent. The Sofronka Nature Trail (750 m) passes through 20 habitats and acquaints visitors with the most interesting types of pine trees from around the world.

Forest Park Nature Trail Homolka

This interactive nature trail for children is located in the park and forest park Homolka in the Pilsen neighborhood Slovany. Sightseeing tour with 13 stops is intended mainly for children of preschool and lower school age. Children are guided along the trail by a cartoon squirrel called Homolička, who assign tasks to them or gives hints to help them fulfill the tasks. Children can find help on revolving signs and wooden dice with photos at selected stops.

Úslava Valley Nature Trail

The River Nature Trail, about 9 km long, runs along the river from Koterov to the confluence with the Berounka in Pilsen (near the Church of sv. Jiří). The path through the Úslava valley features 13 signs highlighting points of interest from the field of biology, geology, history, technical monuments, etc. The trail is also easily accessible by bike.

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