Czech Switzerland (České Švýcarsko)
A rugged countryside rock spires, ravines , gorges and buttes divided by an unique Elbe River canyon - the largest sandstone canyon in Europe between the towns of Děčín with its castle and steep Shepherd's Rock (Pastýřská skála) which is a gateway into the rock area and Pirna (Germany). As early as second half of the 18th century, the fascinating rocky landscape was discovered by artists who worked at the Saxon king's court in Dresden (Saxon Switzerland). At around the middle of the 19th century at the Kinsky Family demesne, the name of Czech Switzerland was used for the first time.
The really mountain character of the Tiské Walls (Tiské stěny) and of the Dečínský Sněžník plateau (600 to 726 m above sea level) resemble the nearby Krušné Hory Mountains . The Walls in the Elbe River Canyon, in the Kamenice River Gorges (Soutěsky Kamenice), particularly in the Edmundova and Divoká Gorges as well as Pravčická Brána - a huge sandstone rock arch with the Wing Wall (Křídelní stěna) rank among the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
The rock overlooks near the village of Jetřichovice offer quite different vistas of lonely woods and rocks of the Czech Switzerland's (České Švýcarsko) backcountry and are connected with the Lužické Hory Mountains with Studenec, Zlatý Vrch (black basalt columns with the highest elevation in the Czech Republic) and Jedlová.
The Kyjov Valley (Kyjovské údolí) with its rock trail, mysterious icefalls on the Wolf Creek (Vlčí potok) and small, desolated rock forts is an ideal place for those who seek solitude. The lonely trails and pathways will lead you to lookout towers on Vlčí Hora and Tanečnice or to the Křinice Gorge (soutěska Křinice) in the probably most beautiful spot of the Czech-German border. Along these trails that continue to the charming Šluknov area, you can admire old-time half-timbered cottages and farmhouses resembling the past connection between the northernmost part of the Czech Republic and the neighbouring Upper Lusatia (Horní Lužice, Oberlausitz) in Germany. The Czech Switzerland - a countryside full of mystery is yours to discover.
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Pravčice Gate (Pravčická brána)
Pravčice Gate (Pravčická brána) is the largest natural sandstone arch in Europe. It is located at the Czech-German border about 20 kilometres to the north of...Bohemian Switzerland >
Hřensko Gorges (Soutěsky Hřensko)
Hřensko Gorges (Soutěsky Hřensko) offer a romantic boat trips on the Kamenice River. The Edmundova Gorge (Edmundova soutěska) and the Wild Gorge (Divoká...Bohemian Switzerland >
Tiské Walls (Tiské stěny)
Tiské Walls (Tiské stěny) is a sandstone rock labyrinth near the village of Tisá in the Ústí nad Labem District. The labyrinth is unique as for its size...Bohemian Switzerland >
Děčín Castle (Zámek Děčín)
The Děčín Castle located on a rock promontory above the confluence of the Elbe and Ploučnice Rivers ranks among the most important sites of historical...Bohemian Switzerland >
With its elevation of 723 metres, Děčínský Sněžník (in German: Hohe Schneeberg) is the highest butte (or table mountain) in the Czech Republic located...Bohemian Switzerland >
Kyjovské Rock Labyrinth (Kyjovské skalní město)
Located in the Křinice River Valley, which was important in the past when floating logs to Saxony. Since the 19th century, the valley has been...Bohemian Switzerland >
Königstein Fortress (Pevnost Königstein, Festung Königstein)
The Königstein Fortress towers high above the Elbe River only 13 kilometres from the Czech-German border. In the early Middle Ages, the fortress built on this...Bohemian Switzerland >
Seigniorial Rock (Panská skála)
A national natural monument - the so-called Stone Organ. The Rock is located near the village of Prácheň not far away from the town of Kamenický Šenov. This...Bohemian Switzerland >
Jetřichovické Overlooks (Jetřichovické vyhlídky)
The Czech Switzerland (České Švýcarsko) is a country of overlooks or vantage points. The best-known ones are the Jetřichovické Overlooks...Bohemian Switzerland >
Zirkelstein is the smallest butte (table mountain) in the Czech-Saxon Switzerland but in spite of that it offers one of the most beautiful views of the...Bohemian Switzerland >