South Bohemia is a beautiful area with lots of small rivers
and streams and generously dotted with both smaller and larger
lakes. It is located between Prague and the Austrian border.
It offers many picturesque villages and towns. The area is
characterized by the presence of magnificent natural beauty
which you are easily able to explore by means of the extensive
network of footpaths and bicycle tracks.
History has left behind many special treasures for you to
discover. The absolute highlight of it is Cesky Krumlov. A
village which lies approximately 20 km from the Lipno lake.
Cesky Krumlov is protected by Unesco as a world cultural heritage
site. None of the other Bohemian towns offers so much medieval
architecture and it is for that reason that people often refer
to this town as "Little Prague".
The other South Bohemian villages are also gifted with large
amounts of culutural heritage. Examples are the medieval market
square of Ceske Budejovice (also known for its well-known
"Budweiser" brewery), the medieval town of Trebon,
Jindichuv Hradec, Bedhyne and Tabor. Moreover the area offers
many castles, most of them are open for visitors and offer
guided visits and tours.
Nature in this area is particularly famous for its Lipno lake
and the umava forest. The latter of which has the status
of National Park.
This lake is the first in sequence of the artificial barrier
lakes along the stream of the Moldau river. The Lipno lake
stretches 42 kilometers and offers all kinds of watersports
such as swimming, windsurfing, sailing, rowing, canoeing and
fishing. The villages along the shores of the lake, Horní
Planá, Cerná v Poumaví, Frymburk
and Lipno are all interconnected by bus- and boat services
and all possess several campgrounds and beaches. The most
of these towns offer organised canoe-, walking-, bicycle-
and horseriding tours.
The umava forest is well known among nature lovers.
Also for many tourists it has become a popular holiday destination
during both summer- and wintertime. Not so long ago the whole
area was a military terrain so the industry has never had
a chance to settle here. Walking- and bicycle tracks are surprisingly
well signposted, so both hikers as well as bicyclists can
enjoy and explore the natural beauty this region has to offer.
The Czech Republic has a continental climate. Generally speaking,
this means dry warm summers and cold winters with lots of
snow. Because of the elevation of the Lipno area the temperatures
in winter can drop to very deep levels. And minima of -10
degrees celcius or lower are not uncommon. The Lipno Lake
will generally be covered with layers of ice.
The weatherforecast for Lipno for the coming days: