I'm spending 6 weeks in Prague this summer, and I am interested in going for a day hike to explore the countryside/mountainside. However, I am having trouble finding information about where to go and how to get there from Prague. Could anyone help me?
It's easy to get out of Prague - both railways and buses are very cheap and very reliable. How about getting the train to Karlstejn? It's a lovely journey along the Berounka Valley and trains leave Smichov station approx. once an hour. A return ticket will cost you around 60 Kcs (£1.50 or $3).
Once you get to Karlstejn it's a 20 minute walk up to the castle, which is well worth seeing, and then there are lots of marked paths through the forest surrounding the village.
In fact anywhere you go in the countryside you will find marked footpaths, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding your way.
I agree with Sheila, hiking around Karstejn is very easy with recommandation to hike up to Morina to old quarry "Amerika" with the beatiful lake and from small city Lodenice to Village Svaty Jan pod skalou with monastry from with you can go back to Karstejn, Srbsko or Beroun from alof this stop you can take a train back to Prague, michov station as the train as the best to carry the bike. Everythinks is clearly marked as all tourist of bike path.
Alright mate. I can second (or is that third?!) Karlštejn and the surrounding hills as it is well worth the £1.50 it would cost to get there. Return! Although not really personally into all this historical lark, it's worth doing the tour of this castle as it is as famous to the CZ as say Windsor is to England.
As alternatives, if you set off no later than 7am, the Šumava mountains that border the CZ with Austria are stunning too. It would perhaps be better to make that or similar trips north to the Krukonoše mountains to the North an overnight stay to gain the most. Both are about 2.5 hrs from Prague but trust me, both are well worth it.
Prague, my second home, is absolutely wicked so I sincerely hope that you gain something from it.
p.s. don't fall into the tourist traps, head for where the locals go like around Andel (a stop down from Smichov station on the metro) as I reckon from personal experience you will like it even more.