Prague to Tábor

Are you anxious about leaving Prague, about fighting city traffic on the first day of your bicycle tour? Click here for instructions on how to take the Red Line to Jižní Mĕsto, a suburban area south of Prague. Overnight accommodations such as hotels, hostels, and campgrounds are available nearby.

Průhonice ChateauPrůhonice Chateau Park (22 km) features an arboretum. Bicycles are not allowed within the park, which has hiking trails. After Průhonice, Cycle Track 11 becomes more rural, leaving behind the busy traffic of the Prague region.

Prague Ring Road (27.5 km). Just north of Herink is the proposed route of the Prague Ring Road, a bypass highway that has been endlessly debated in the Czech Republic. Much of the route through this area will be by bridges and tunnels to minimize the impact on the environment.

Zbořený Kostelec (48 km). The ruins of a 14th century castle tower above the river. Route 107/Cycle Track 11 follows the river into Tynec.

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Prague to Tábor 123 km map/GPX cue sheet
Tábor to Prague 123 km map/GPX cue sheet

Tynec nad Sazavou (50 km) has a famous Romanesque Rotunda, with a Gothic Tower, open for climbing in the summertime. Parts of it date to the 10th century. The Hermelín Cheese Factory offers tours. JAWA, a world famous motorcycle factory, offers tours. For a break from cycling, it is possible to rent a canoe or kayak to paddle down the Sasavá river.

Neveklov (64 km). The town is dominated by the Church of St. Gall. A monument to the deportation of the local Jewish community is located in the main square. The remains of the Jewish cemetery is visible to the south on your way out of town, towards Hodetice. From Neveklov, there is an alternate loop cycle trail, the Romantic Chateau Parks cycle road, 93 km long, which rejoins Cycle Track 11 to the south at Sedlčany.

Kosova Hora (77 km) is a former mining town, originally known as Amschelberg, and was once 35% Jewish. The Jewish Ghetto was established in the 15th century. A 17th century synagogue and a Jewish cemetery remain. The old Jewish quarter is situated to the west of the town center, on the way to Červený Hrádek.

Červený Hrádek (79 km) features a Gothic style chateau which sits in the middle of the lake. In the 13th century, it was a fortified water castle.

Sedlčany Town HallSedlčany (80 km) is to the west along Route 18. For bicyclists who are not prepared to pedal all the way to Tábor on their first day out of Prague, this is the logical place to stop. Sedlčany, settled in the 14th century, houses the Church of St. Martin and a municpal museum, specializing in local history. Composer Josef Suk was born in the nearby village of Křečovice, and the museum contains materials about him.

From Zadni Boudy (88 km), there is a nature trail that passes by the ruins of Zvěřinec Castle, built mostly of wood, in the 13th century.

Sedlec-Prčice (93 km) includes several churches, a regional museum, and a Jewish cemetery. Atter Sedlec-Prčice, climb approximately 200 meters towards Červený Újezd.Červený Újezd (101 km). The Church of St. Matthew (Gothic) dates from the 13th century. The Community House of Villa Vallila features reliefs by František Bílek, a 20th century Czech sculptor.

Borot�n (Starý Zámek)Borotin (107 km). The ruins of Starý Zámek Castle are situated near the town. They can easily be reached by a short excursion from Cycle Track 11. Intersection with Route 120. Follow Cycle Track 11 signs through Borotin.

Novy Kostelec (110 km). The Church of the Birth of Virgin Mary (Gothic, with some traces of Romanesque architecture) dominates this village.Tábor (122 km). The old city of Tábor is to the west. Tabor was founded by religious dissidents in the 15th century, followers of Jan Hus..

Photo credits

  1. Průhonice Chateau. © Rob Purdie, licensed under Creative Commons, 2007.
  2. Sedlčany Town Hall. © Greg, 2007.
  3. Borotín (Starý Zámek). © Pavel Zalesky, 2007.
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