The Czech Republic is a perfect destination for adventure. With loads of nature and fun outdoor activities on offer, you can easily escape into the wilderness.
One trip that brings back many great memories from my adventures across the Czech Republic has to be heading to South Bohemia, and exploring the riverways by river rafting.
The Vltava River is the longest Czech river, running from Vyssi Brod down to Ceske Budejovic. The upper part of the river is around 50 miles long – perfect for exploring over a long weekend.
Following this river route will take you through many small towns and large cities along the way. One part of the river takes you right through the middle of the historical town of Cesky Krumlov.
Make sure you pack a tent – you will pass a few campsites along the way, and it’s a great opportunity to sleep under the stars.
Also, you’ll want to visit the many Czech breweries you will pass along the route. Did you know that the Czech Republic has over 400 breweries?
Many of these traditional breweries are to be found in South Bohemia, so you can easily combine your river rafting adventure with a beer trail and explore the gastronomical delights found along the waterway too.
Now that sounds like my kind of trip!
Renting your River Raft with Rafting Krumlov
It might not be a good idea to check your raft onto your Easyjet flight, and it could end up costing you a small fortune (I’m joking, of course!).
Not to worry as you can work with a local operator such as this company – Rafting Krumlov – who are based in Cesky Krumlov.
They have all the equipment you might need to rent for such a trip like helmets, paddles, life jackets, wet suits, dry bags, and the rafts as well.
You can also hire a rafting guide who can help you navigate the river.
Contact them well in advance and tell them about your plans – they will help you map out the route and do their best to assist you with your trip.
They’re also great for local tips and advice, and will offer some input on what times and dates are best for the rapids and tides along the way.
They’re also happy to pick up and drop off the equipment at set locations along your route, and let you borrow the equipment over a few days.
Rafting through the UNESCO historical center of Krumlov
There is something rather special about rafting along the river through the historical UNESCO town of Cesky Krumlov.
From the river you get a truly unique perspective, and can enjoy the incredible backdrop of the historical castle surrounded by rolling green hills.
Not only this, you will experience some rather fun rafting drops as well – so make sure you keep your eyes ahead whilst enjoying the scenery.
What an incredible way to explore South Bohemia.
Be sure to try some camping along the way
Once you’ve done enough river rafting for the day, park up your raft at camp Branna, pitch your tent and relax for the rest of the night.
If you don’t fancy pitching a tent, they do offer pre-pitched teepee rentals. You can even cosy up by the fire, as the teepee has a fire pit in the middle.
Camp Branna is a perfect spot for stargazing as well, so be sure to check out the sky at night.
Relax under the stars, enjoy a nice cold Czech beer around the campfire and rest up, ready for another day of river rafting in the morning.
Stop off at a Czech Brewery along the way
Along your river rafting route, you will stumble across the Eggenberg Brewery. You can easily spot the brewery from the water, which dates back to 1560!
Within walking distance, you can enjoy a tasty lunch at Eggenberg brewery – a traditional establishment with an extensive selection of local food and the fantastic beer that’s been brewed here for centuries.
I’d highly recommend tucking into the beef goulash with dumplings – it’s essential to try this on your trip to the Czech Republic. It goes perfectly with the beer served on tap. I also enjoyed the dark beer that they had on offer here. I didn’t stop at the one glass, that’s for sure.
After your trip to Eggenburg brewery, I hope this will increase your appetite for breweries in the Czech Republic. There’s many more to discover along the way if you wish, and it’s easy to combine them as lunch stops along the way.
You can’t beat exploring the Czech nature by river rafting
River rafting is a great way to explore the region of South Bohemia, and discover the stunning natural beauty of the Czech Republic.
When you’re ready for a bit of rafting action, go rafting along with Vyssi Brod. Up the ante of your trip with an adventure you’ll always remember.
Grab a raft with some friends and take a crate of Czech beer along for the ride, then hit the riverway.
You’ll also find many hiking trails leading for days along the river, and you will quickly find out why South Bohemia is a famous region for locals looking to explore Czech nature.
Enjoy your trip river rafting in South Bohemia, Czech Republic
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article about river rafting in South Bohemia.
I had a fantastic trip river rafting around the region, and would make this trip again.
Can’t wait to return to the Czech Republic once it’s safe to travel again in 2021.
If you happen to have any further questions about this trip, I’m more than happy to help. Just get in contact.