Tips for Trips: Wintertime in Czech Republic
Escape the city for a while and enjoy some winter fun in the snow
Winter isn’t just about adrenaline-filled skiing and snowboarding, it is also a great time to take a break and relax. Whether you want to recover after a busy holiday season or just escape the city for a while, you should consider a snowy getaway.
Most ski resorts offer spas and often include great deals for a weekend package. Hotel Sněžka, located in Špindlerův Mlýn, offers several packages that allow guests to enjoy their sauna, whirlpool, hot tub and massages. Hotel Sněžka is one of four Felicity hotels, and their current non-skiing packages include vacation on snow and romance. Vacation on snow includes two nights in a double room with breakfast and dinner, free entry to the Spa Relax Centre and a bottle of Moravian wine.
The romance package includes two nights for two people in deluxe rooms with satellite TV, two buffet breakfasts and a romantic three-course candlelit dinner with a special menu. In addition to this there is also a half an hour massage for two, one entry to the hotel’s private Spa & Relax Centre with a bottle of sparkling wine as well as unlimited use of the children’s corner and a 10% discount on skiing.
The perks of staying in Špindlerův Mlýn is the proximity to the Giant Mountains (Krkonoše Mountains), the highest mountains of the Czech Republic. The hotels offer beautiful views as well as hiking paths through the snowy winter wonderland.
Another exciting opportunity to relax and enjoy the snow in a slightly more active way, is dog sledding. Huskies.cz is a company that offers husky school and a variety of different courses that run all year long. During winter the programs offered include a three-hour course, a three-day course and an excursion with a ride.
From November to March, the winter programs begin with getting to know the dogs, learning the theory behind dog sledding as well as getting the dogs strapped in and then going for a ride. At the end of the ride the dogs are fed and visitors are fed snacks and coffee while learning more about the sport.
The three-day program includes a 30 minute ride with the dogs the first day and 2 hour ride on the second day and a one hour ride on the third day. It includes meals, accommodation and sauna, feeding and taking care of the dogs and learning all about dog sledding.
One more unique adventure you can take on in winter is ice-fall and ice climbing. While the sport itself can be difficult and even dangerous, there are plenty of hiking opportunities that will take you past icy waterfalls and frozen caves. Velký Štolpich in the Jizera Mountains is a great place to admire the beauty that winter has to offer. Other areas in these mountains that are worth a visit are Černý potok, a 10 meter waterfall as well as Oldřichov, a granite mine with 20 meter ice columns.
Of course there are also other places to see amazing ice formations including in Krkonoše Mountains, Lusatian Mountains and Bohemian Switzerland. There are even places in Prague itself, including Barrandovský led, Vrané nad Vltavou and Mařenka which is located just 42 kilometers outside of Prague.
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