Třeboň region is for Czech a classical summer cycling destination. No wonder. The combination of a protected landscape area and deep forests with centuries-old oaks, meadows, nice villages and hundreds of ponds together with a very rich network of bicycle paths and facilities simply work. We spent few days in Třeboň. And although it may be unbelieving, you can find places to hide th crowds in the town and the pond Svět. Amazing 43km.
We took the most popular cycling path around Třeboň only for a while. We started our trip at the beautiful Kotěra Water Tower in the eastern part of the town, where we parked our car without any problems. The town center is less than a kilometer downhill. We passed the burgher houses with arcades, Renaissance and Baroque shields at Masaryk Square and took the Novohradská Gate to the pond Svět.
Kotěra Water Tower
If there's a lot of people in Třeboň's downtown, there's more at the Svět pond. They crunch on the dam, enjoy sightseeing cruise or relax on beaches that are here. We rode on the left side of the shed and along the official cycle path 122 continued across the main road to the Opatovický pond, one of the oldest ponds in the area.
The forest panel road led us into an extensive forest with many sewers and channels that feed the Třeboň ponds. The most famous of them is Zlatá stoka, a 45 km long canal built according to the plan of Štěpánek Netolický. Throughout the year, it supplies water for sheds, adds water to ponds, and takes off during the harvest season. It is also indispensable in winter, when the oxygenated water allows the fish to survive under ice.
Neverending trail near Třeboň
Neverending trail near Třeboň
At the end of the panelway there is the Barbora arboretum, where we left the cycle path on the left and rode down the forest road to Majdalena. The yellow tourist sign led us to the bridge across the Lužnice. Not far from the bridge, there is one of the most dangerous weirs Pilař. Fortunately, the ride on the main road did not last long, and we soon turned left to cycle path 1010 and the green tourist sign. A narrow road leads to the village of Lutová, but after two kilometers, we turned left to the asphalt road where motor vehicles are not allowed.
Niice trail to Vizír pond
We almost missed the pond Vizír with carnivorous plants, because its water surface was replaced by high grass. Perhaps somewhere in the distance, the water level can be seen, but it can not be seen from the path. Behind the pond the largest system of ponds in Třeboň called Chlumec Pond System begins. We rode along the dikes surrounded by water from all sides and were amazed by the beauty. Luckily, many cyclists usually don´t ride here so you can soak up the atmosphere there.
Invisible water surface of the Vizír pond
Ponds of Výtopa a Starý Hospodář
At the crossroad at Starý Hospodář pond, we turned left and, following the red tourist sign to the next waterworks, Nová řeka. This significant 16th-century water canal connects Lužnice river with Nežárka river and is surrounded by huge oaks. Along breathtaking trees alley we continued to the bridge near Stříbro.
We decided not to continue along the red sign in forest, but turn left again and follow the road to Stará Hlína. The road with old trees along leads between Vysehrad and Stolec ponds and the scenery is really indescribable. At Stará Hlína, we crossed a nice stone bridge with twelve arches from the 18th century over the Lužnice river, and rode back into the vast forest. The beautiful forest road has brought us comfortably back to Třeboň.
Ponds of Vyšehrad a Stolec
Road to Stará Hlína village
Old bridge at Stará Hlína
Forest trail back to Třeboň