Czech Republic's unrivalled system of marked walking trails
People in the Czech Republic love to walk. Anywhere and anytime. Hiking and walking has a very long tradition. The nationwide organization of walkers decided more than a hundred years ago to create a system of marked trails, which now cover the whole of the Czech Republic.
"Yes, the marked trails cover the whole of the Czech Republic. It is also true that in other countries they have some long-distance trails going across the country, but they have some regions without any marked trails, which you could not find here."
"This work is done only by volunteers. I am the only professional who does this and I get paid more for the management of this system. Other volunteers make the marks and do the maintenance in their free time. They don't get paid, they get only reimbursement for travel costs and material, such as paint or signposts."
"Before the fall of communism in 1989 maps for general public were not accurate. The original map was cut into pieces, which were then bent and twisted in different ways and then put together again, so that the maps wouldn't help the enemy in a war. So there were really big distortions on the maps. And we were not allowed to publish maps of special regions - such as military areas - at all."
Today, the maps are all accurate. Of course, there can be minor mistakes, but the Club of Czech Tourist has many fans who phone and write in to correct them.