The south of Czechia is famous for its ponds and castles. This time I’m taking you on a daytrip to a less known, but super significant place called Czech Sahara, then for lunch and finally for a tour of the one-of-its-kind castle, Červená Lhota.

Overview of this daytrip

Image result for clock icon 8:00 – 18:00 including 1.5hrs travel time from/to Prague

Image result for no rain icon Mostly outdoor

Image result for hike icon Easy hiking involved

Image result for train icon Doable by public transport

Image result for money iconfood, transport and a low castle entry fee



  1. Veselí nad Lužnicí
    • 9:30 – 10:30 cake and “sightseeing” (not much to see)
    • Save this map
    • Parking on the main square for free
    • Energize yourselves with a delicious cake and high-class coffee in Kavárna pod Věží (Tower Café).
  2. Czech Sahara / Česká Sahara
    • 10:30 – 13:30, 9.4km walk as per map
    • Follow the yellow route all the way to Česká Sahara. From there, continue on a narrow path (again, as per map) around the lake called Veselská pískovna, not signposted
  3. Lunch
    • 13:30-15:00 (the service is Řípec is super fast)
    • Country Saloon Řípec in case you are by car. Bill around 450 CZK for two.
    • Restaurace Beseda in Veselí is also fine if you can’t or don’t want to drive to Řípec. Bill around 550 CZK for two.
  4.  Červená Lhota
    • 15:30-16:00 if you visit the castle only
    • 15:30-17:00 if you visit the castle, walk around the castle gardens and rent a boat for 30min
    • Entry fee: 100 CZK / adult or 180 CZK/adult for a guided tour in English (available for groups only)
    • Parking: 60 CZK / day
      • Transport

        By car

        The map shows both the driving part and walks. Veselí has free parking on the main square, Červená Lhota offers parking for 60 CZK for your entire visit.

        By public transport from Prague – use IDOS for planning

        1. Take the train to Veselí nad Lužnicí (1hr 50min)
        2.  For Červená Lhota, take the train to Soběslav and then a bus to Pluhův Žďár,Červená Lhota (1hr 6min)
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