Celebrations of 135 years since the marking of the first tourist route are planned for Saturday, May 4 in Tábor in South Bohemia. “In cooperation with the town of Tábor, as part of the traditional start of the tourist season, we have prepared excursion routes ranging from 9 to 25 km in length through the Lužnice river valley to Příběnice and back to Tábor via the Hýlačka lookout. On prepared routes, event participants will have the opportunity to meet the markers at work. At the same time, at the finish line of all routes on Žižkov square, as part of the Experience the Camp event, a rich accompanying program of celebrations will take place in the form of musical performances, stands, KČT presentations and signage together with the launch of Marek Šálk’s book Touristic sign. And finally, in the preview, we will present a limited edition of the Czech PRIM watch inspired by the anniversary of the tourist signage,” the chairman of the Club of Czech Tourists, Jiří Homolka, cordially invites to the celebration program.

The marking of tourist routes is of great importance for the development of tourism and thus also for the prevention of health in the form of the most natural sports activity, such as walking. Tourist signage is very popular with the public in the Czech Republic. Four typical signs – red, blue, green and yellow – have become an inseparable part of our landscape and contribute to the recognition of our homeland. The oldest red route was marked from Štěchovice to the Vltava valley to the former Svatojánské currents, which today lie below the level of the dam. At first only red was used, later other routes were also marked with blue, and from 1916 green and yellow were added. The first long-distance route was created in 1912 on the route Prague – Brdy – Šumava.

Today, KČT signers under the methodical leadership of Pavle Přílepek, chairman of the Marking Council, take care of more than 80,000 km of routes. In total, 43,987 km of pedestrian routes, 36,825 km of road cycling routes, 3,931.5 km of off-road cycling routes marked with strip marks, 554 km of ski routes, 2,500 km of riding trails and 149 km of wheelchair routes are marked in the Czech Republic.

The unique Czech tourist signage is becoming an inspiration for many tourist organizations or associations that adopt and use the unique system of tourist signage abroad. Such as, for example, in the Romanian Banat, on the Krk in Croatia, in Brazil or in Mongolia. The phenomenon of marking is also underlined by various projects, such as the transition of the Czech Republic around the border – the Českém Trail. You can find more information about the markings and the celebration program on the website www.kct.cz.

Sabina Bergman