According to the legend, Bohemia was established in the area of Central Bohemian Uplands. Thanks to the fertile land and hills of volcanic origin, the tribe of Bohemians decided to settle down. Today, this mystical area is standing out of the touristic path. Thanks to the Offroadsafari, you have a great opportunity to discover this lesser-known but impressive part of the Czech Republic.
Central Bohemian Uplands
The area of the Central Bohemian Uplands is easily recognizable. You will get to the area of flat land with numerous fields, and suddenly you will see numerous small hills everywhere around you. All these hills are extinct volcanos, and some of them are still hiding precious minerals and gems. On the majority of hills, you can still find some ruins of medieval castles. The views from the hilltops are extremely photogenic. Even artists such as Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, and Richard Wagner find this area inspirational.
Most and Hněvín Castle
Part of the Central Bohemian Uplands around the city Most is used for the mining of brown coal. During the communist era, the whole historical center of Most was destroyed in favor of mining. The only historical sites that remained is the Castle Hněvín and the church.
Hněvín castle is a dominant of the city since it’s located on the hill (such a custom in this area). Unfortunately, it’s not an original construction, but the copy of the original that is about 100 years old. Today, the castle is a great viewpoint to the countryside
The Church is the second historical dominant that survived local mining. In order to save the church, it must be moved about 841 meters away. This process took about one month since the church was moving on wheels about 1-3 centimeters per minute. This happened in 1975, and until 1988, the restoration work was completed. This event is mentioned in Guinness Book of World Records since the church was the heaviest building ever moved on wheels.
Just in front of the church, we met our two guides/drivers of Offroadsafari. This is a project of local enthusiasts who loves their region and decided to make it accessible to the wider public. Thanks to the off-road cars and permit from the local authorities, they can take you to places that you would not find by yourself.
I joined Offroadsafari for the tour on Secret of Volcanos. During 6 hours, we had a full program of discovering nearby hills and its secrets. We hike on the top of Číčov hill where we enjoyed incredible views on the surrounding landscape, and we learned local secrets from our guide Jirka. We drove around local villages and climb to one of the medieval ruins and then Jirka taught us how to pan for Czech garnets. During the whole day, we learned about local history and contemporary life. At the end of our trip, we stopped at a local farm and tasted local cheese and dairy products.
What is great, Offroadsafari is offering their trips also in English! They can pick up you in Prague and drive right to the Central Bohemian Uplands. Their expertise is around this area, and you can even choose from more thematic trips, such as Bohemian vineyards with wine tasting, Cole mining, Footsteps of World War II and many more. Just check their website for the actual program. If you are interested in discovering any place with Offroadsafari, you can have a 10 % discount with code CZECHBYJANE. So, don’t hesitate to take this opportunity.
After this great trip, I drove alongside the hills back to Prague, and the lightning was just amazing. I couldn’t help myself and stopped by the hill Raná. It took me about 20 minutes to hike on the top where I enjoyed the sunset. I was not alone. A few photographers were trying to capture the moment, one paraglider flow above our heads and a flock of sheep grazed around the hill. I just sit down and enjoyed the moment, thought about this mystical land and the day with Offroadsafari. I am sure I am coming back to discover this area more. It’s just so captivating; I can’t help myself…
How to get to Bohemian Uplands
We had a meeting point just in front of the church that was moved several meters away. It’s a dominant of the city Most, and it was not difficult to find it. Most is located about one hour drive from Prague on a highway, so no difficulties in reaching it.