Moravian-Silesian Beskids: A dose of tourist tips within a radius of only 30 kilometers

We are all aware of how many beautiful treasures are hidden in our country, but what about setting one weekend aside and explore the corners of the Moravian-Silesian Beskids? We bring you tips for hikes and trips that you can do during one weekend and without any difficult transfer between each tourist tip.

1. Satina waterfalls

If looking at or listening to the water falling from the rocks can recharge you, be sure to head to the Satina waterfalls – these are several waterfalls that will line your walk through the gorge near the village Malenovice. Although these are not breathtaking waterfalls for their height, their placement, cascading character and location in the heart of untouched nature make it easy to compensate. Besides, the water of the Satina stream is crystal clear, as evidenced by the flying insects, the caddisfly, which puts its eggs into the water and is thus considered a bioindicator of cleanness.

(Photo: Tomáš Lokša, poznavejtebezkydy.cz)

There are several routes to the waterfalls from the starting point – the holiday center Sepetná, but the most beautiful option is the orange bear trail with a connection to the yellow circuit. Walk along the forest path towards Medvedia Skala, continue through Dřevjanka U Zbuja, mountain pub, all the way to the U Veličků pub and from there you will (finally) descend to Korýtek. The shortest way to the waterfalls leads just down the stone steps down the forest, which are exactly opposite the sign Satina (U Korýtka).

(Photo: Tomáš Lokša, poznavejtebezkydy.cz)

2. Let’s go to Lysá Hora

Lysá Hora is called “the Queen of Moravian-Silesian Beskids” – there is no wonder, its height of 1323 m.a.s.l. is the highest mountain of this mountain range. If the weather and visibility make it possible, you can even see to our Tatras from the top of it. But how do you get to that coveted peak and enjoy the views of the near and distant natural scenery?

(Photo: Pudelek – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2189753)

Take off from the Šance dam, which, by the way, when it freezes in the winter, turns into an endless skating rink. From the dam you have 7 km in front of you, follow the yellow trail, approximately halfway to the signpost Pod Čuplem, you will overcome longer serpentines, climbing, but also pleasant trails, but that hard work finally pays off in the form of conquered Lysá Hora. Just sit down here, have a beer or tea and enjoy that moment.

Šance Dam (Photo: Daniel Baránek, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2511677)

3. Devil’s Mill

If you want to combine physical training with gentle strain on your brain cells, take the Devil’s Mill trail – you will climb a 7 km route, and your body will be grateful and at the same time you will learn a lot of information at nine stations, whether about the Jan Žižka´s Guerrilla brigade, about why there are dry trees in the reserve, what lives in Morské oko, but also about a devil, which your brain will thank you for.

(Photo: Jiřina Mlejnová, epochanacestach.cz)

At the very top you will find unique rock formations, perhaps the most iconic of them, Devil’s Table rock, which is braided with various versions of origin – some people say it was a work of the Celts, others say it was a primitive astrological observatory or other rumors even mention the work of the devil who wanted to create a watermill. What is the truth about all this? We leave it to you to decide.

Devil’s Table rock (Photo: Ryznaroel, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64436517)

TIP: You can easily plan these places to your next weekend’s schedule, all you need to do is find the right place to stay. Right on this “circular route” lies the hotel Green Inn in Ostravice, from where it is only 8 km to the waterfalls, 7 km to the Šance dam, where the hike to Lysá Hora starts and 16 km to the Devil’s Mill.