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Czech Republic Sports
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The Czech Republic has a wealth of areas to explore. More than 10 per cent of the country’s area is occupied by the three national parks and the 1200 protected natural areas.

Cycling

Cycling is a popular pastime, and the network of cycle tracks is growing. Southern Bohemia is a good place for this.

Golf

This sport is becoming increasingly popular, with some beautiful courses. Contact the Czech Golf Federation for more information (telephone: (2) 5731 7865; fax: (2) 5731 8618; e-mail: cgf@cgf.cz)

Hiking

The Krkonoše are the Czech Republic’s highest mountain range, with the country’s highest peak, Snezka (1602m or 5255ft). Several other peaks exceed 1500m or 4920ft. Less strenuous hikes can be pursued in other natural areas, such as the Beskidy range and contain marked trails.

Horse riding

Horse riding is popular, with many stables offering riding holidays or treks. Contact the Czech Horse Riding Federation for more information (telephone: (2) 2051 1105; fax (2) 3335 4399; email: info@cjf.cz).

Rock climbing

Rock climbers should head to the sandstone rock formations in the north (Cesky raj, Andršpach Rocks and Ceskosaské Švycarsko). Cavers should visit the Moravsky Kras (Moravian karst) near Brno, where there are interesting caves.

Skiing

Skiing is very popular and there are many well-established resorts. The most frequented areas for downhill skiing are in the Krkonoše (Giant Mountains) in north Bohemia, where Pec pod Snezkou, Spindlorov Mlyn and Harachov are the main resorts. Facilities are also found in the Jeseniky and Besniky ranges, and in the Orlické Hory (Eagle Mountains).

Cross-country skiing is a widespread sport, and facilities and tracks are found in the Krkonose and in the Šumava (Bohemian Forest) in southern Bohemia.

Watersports

There are many lakes, both natural and artificial, and a variety of watersports can be enjoyed.

South Bohemia and Lednice-Valtice (south Moravia) contain extensive fishing lakes. For more information, contact the Czech Angling Federation (telephone: (2) 7481 1751; fax: (2) 7481 1754; email: radacrs@ipnet.cz).

Canoeing is popular on rivers such as the Luznice, upper Vltava and Sazava.

Windsurfing and sailing equipment can be rented at various locations.

Spas

The numerous thermal springs and mineral baths in Bohemia and Moravia have been frequented by patients seeking cures for ailments for centuries. Today, advanced medical techniques are combined with traditional methods of treatment.

The best known spas are Karlovy Vary, Marianské Lazne and Františkovy Lazné (see the Resorts & Excursions section for details). There are world-famous radioactive springs in Jáchymov, specialising in the treatment of disorders of the nervous system, while Janské Lazne in the Krkonose is also a popular resort. In northern Moravia, the most significant spas are at Jesenik and Luhacovice, where Dr.Vincenc Priessnitz developed methods of treatment that are still followed today. All the spa resorts are located in beautiful surroundings. For further information on spa stays, contact the Czech Tourist Authority.