The landscape of the Žďár Hills is interwoven with hundreds of kilometres of hiking and biking trails.


Period: summer

The so-called green heart of the Czech Republic can be considered without exaggeration one of the last untouched oases of quiet and pure nature in the heart of the country. As a source area of several Czech and Moravian rivers and pond systems, it has been declared a protected area of natural water accumulation.

You can take a twenty-kilometre-long trip, during which you visit the most beautiful rocks in the highest part of the Vysočina region - Malínská, Lisovská, Devět skal (Nine Rocks) - and at its very end the Žákova hora (Pupils’s Mountain) national reserve and Fryšava pod Žákovou horou.

The trip starts at the Devět skal hotel by the Milovský pond. It follows the green sign to the crossroads Pod Dráteníčky and then the red one ascending to the saddle below the Malínská rock. After a tour of three massive gneiss rocks, the path continues to follow the red sign, passing by the Lisovská rock to Devět skal (836 m) - the highest peak of the Žďár Hills. It offers a beautiful view of the countryside and the rock labyrinth. The name Devět skal (Nine Rocks) is derived from nine rock formations scattered within a radius of 1 kilometre, which form a rock-type grouping.

Žákova hora (Pupils’s Mountain), surrounded by the reservation of the same name with a forest, is one of the last 800 metre hills in this highest part of the Vysočina region. The name of the hill is derived from the legend of the pupils, boarders of the Žďár monastery, who got lost in the forest solitude of the mountain and never returned. This reserve protects an exceptionally well-preserved segment of natural primeval forest communities. In the wider area, there are monuments commemorating the guerrilla resistance during World War II.

The last 2.5 km of the route lead along the green tourist line over the Fryšavský kopec (Fryšava Hill) to the village of Fryšava pod Žákovou horou. Its square offers a display of several picturesque houses, representing traditional folk architecture.