Winter, Sports and Much More – a Selection of the Best Events in the Czech Republic

Winter, Sports and Much More – a Selection of the Best Events in the Czech Republic

Feel like having some fun when the Christmas and New Year parties are behind you but spring is still far away? We have a couple of tips for exciting sports and other winter events in the Czech Republic.

Many fans of cross-country skiing celebrate their second Christmas in January, when the legendary Jizerská 50 race takes place in the north of the Czech Republic. Those who are more into running will still have plenty to smile about, as they can participate in one of the winter runs held in Prague, Olomouc and other cities. There are of course events for art lovers – such as the exhibition of ice statues in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm.

Jizerská 50

Each year in January, the beautiful cross-country trail of Jizerská magistrála near the city of Liberec is filled with cross-country skiers and their fans coming to join in the legendary race that was first held in 1968 and will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary. Jizerská 50 (January 8 – 10, 2016) is one of the major sporting and social events in the Czech Republic. Those who do not wish to actively take part can just come to watch, which is still very exciting. Jizerská 50 is a member of the Worldloppet Ski Federation and plays host to a number of top Czech and international skiers each year.

Put on your running shoes

Are you just not into winter sports? Do you wish that spring would hurry up and get here? Then perhaps you might want to put on your running shoes and try one of the winter runs that are becoming ever more popular. Here it applies that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. So put on something warm and run!  You can choose from a number of races in Hradec Králové (January 16, 2016), České Budějovice (February 6, 2016) Prague (February 20, 2016) or Olomouc (February 27, 2016).

Winter hiking

You can certainly also make use of your hiking boots, as there are many beautiful walks and trails to check out in the winter. You can even try walking in the sky in the Dolní Morava resort, which has recently opened the Cloud Trail. Treetops covered with snow can also be enjoyed at the Lipno resort, whose Treetop Walk is open all year round.

Šediváčkův long

The Czech Republic also has a dog sled race – Šediváčkův long (January 26, 2016), which is one of the most extreme races of this kind in Europe. The trail is 240 kilometres long; the dog sled drivers must endure one night in the snow and overcome a 700 meter vertical distance. The race traditionally takes place in the Orlické Mountains and will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.

And to finish with, a little bit of art …

Art has many diverse forms, including ice statues which have a long tradition in some countries. In the Czech Republic, ice statues will be displayed in the romantic mountain centre of Pustevny, and in the town of Rožnov pod Radhoštěm (January 1 – 31, 2016).    

Biathlon World Cup 2016

After the previous successful WC editions in 2012 and 2015, that attracted over a hundred thousand visitors, and the World Championship event in 2013, Nové Město na Moravě will again host the Biathlon World Cup  (December 16– 18, 2016). Biathlon has become a popular sport among Czechs, thanks mainly to the achievements of the Czech Team in the Sochi Olympics. So you can expect a lively atmosphere created by the fans in the heart of the charming region of Vysočina, the perfect place for cross-country skiing.