The Šumava mountains are one of the most beautiful and least-known areas of the Czech Republic. The mountain range stretches along the border with Germany and Austria, and is a popular spot for hikers, mountain bikers and nature lovers. The area is home to pristine forests, rolling hills, tranquil lakes and rushing rivers, as well as a number of small villages and hamlets. There are plenty of hiking and biking trails to explore, as well as opportunities for fishing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking. Winter sports enthusiasts will also find plenty to do in the Šumava mountains, with a number of ski resorts and cross-country skiing trails.