West of Prague is a fascinating area well-known to Czechs but less so to outside visitors. The deeply wooded valleys and meandering river snake through small villages well-connected by scenic footpaths. It is a walkers paradise and there are small hotels and pubs (hostinec) strategically placed for thirsty walkers. The village of Křivoklát is a good starting point as there are many walks radiating from there. More information can be found at http://www.krivoklat.cz/en [krivoklat.cz]
Křivoklát Castle is the main tourist attraction. It is reputed that the English spy to Rudolf II's court was imprisoned there and died climbing out of the tower where he was imprisoned. He was a friend and scrier to the famous English alchemist John Dee.
Křivoklát - mysterious forests