From the baroque gems of bucolic farmlands in Kryštofovo Údolí (Christofsgrund in pre-WW2 German) climbing 600 meters towards the 70s Soviet-era sci-fi seduction of Ještěd hotel & TV tower, a rewarding hike across pine tree forests is a journey both in space and travel.

The recent snow adds a magic touch to the natural park and a halo of vintage magic to the daring viaduct of the local railway, once the pride of the prosperous German-speaking community of Sudetenland. The only remaining memory, following the expulsion of the German-speaking Czechoslovak citizens, are the typical lozenges tiles decorations of delightful farmhouses and the names on the tombstones of the splendid 17th century wooden church of St Kryštof. We recommend a pleasant 13 km hike starting from the base of the ski slopes (easily accessible by tram from Liberec) and close the loop with the scenic local train, adding a stop at the local mini-brewery Kousek. We will Hike & Meet again later in spring, let us know if you need any information.

Here are some upcoming options:

The Prague Monitor has partnered with HIKE, BIKE, COOK & MEET as a provider of travel ideas and events for English speakers in the Czech Republic. Although rules about meeting and travelling are ever changing, we are preparing for a return to some local travel and eventually a social life.

HIKE, BIKE, COOK & MEET is a friendly, informal, cosmopolitan, creative concept born from COOK & MEET experiences and extended to outdoor events to enjoy the wonderful historic, artistic and natural attractions around us. We constantly explore and propose ideas on a non-profit, cost-sharing, friendly bases so you are welcome to join and invite friends! COOK & MEET is a cooking & social event which takes place in our cosy villa in Prague 6, close to Prague castle. Please visit www.cook-meet.com for all details. The event is no-profit (there is a cost-sharing recommended contribution) limited to 10 participants to guarantee maximum comfort and enjoy the cooking workshop, so advance booking is mandatory. This group is open to all Cook & Meet friends to facilitate the participation to our events, share positive ideas and generate stimulating meeting occasions for each event. Events are subject to current rules related to the epidemic rules and conditions in the Czech Republic.

Pictures and article courtesy of Daniele Toniolo

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