© V. Sojka / České Švýcarsko o. p. s.

Bohemian Switzerland

A landscape without limits

The picturesque landscapes of Saxon Switzerland continue into Czech territory in Bohemian Switzerland. The youngest national park in the Czech Republic is part of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and, just like its counterpart in Saxony, combines woody hiking trails with unique mountain landscapes.

The most famous symbol of Bohemian Switzerland, the impressive Pravčická brána rock formation receives walkers just after Schmilka, beyond the German-Czech border in Hřensko. It is the largest sandstone arch in Europe and has already served as a film backdrop for "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" due to its uniqueness. Breathtaking views which stretch as far as Rosenberg can also be enjoyed by hikers at the foot of the arch.

The Kamnitz Gorge and the Edmund Gorge represent further special attractions in Bohemian Switzerland.

Cold air collects in the deep ravines of this unique canyon landscape, resulting in rare plant species growing at an unusual height of around 200 metres above sea level. These plants include geminiflorous violets, fir clubmoss and clasping twisted-stalk.

A canoe ride through one section of the gorge represents a special experience because it can be negotiated only in this manner.

You can travel across the border by car at Schmilka/Hřensko, as well as at Sebnitz/Dolní Poustevna (Nieder Einsiedel in German) and Bahratal/Petrovice (Peterswald in German). You can also walk or cycle into Bohemian Switzerland from Hinterhermsdorf or Rosenthal-Bielatal.

1000 beauties on 100 km

The Kammweg in Bohemian Switzerland

Aussicht vom Marienfelsen© České Švýcarsko, o.p.s.

Rock towns, walls and towers, breathtaking views. The ridge trail through Bohemian Switzerland is an adventure hiking trail that leads hikers on 100 km through the most beautiful, but also unknown places in the Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland National Park region. You hike from the foot of the Ore Mountains to the first peaks of the Lusatian Mountains along ancient but also newly marked paths. You can hike this trail, which is divided into six stages, from Tisá to Jedlová station in 6 days. The shortest stage is 11 km long, the longest more than 20 km. It is modeled on the Malerweg trail.

More information about the Kammweg long-distance hiking trail

Current hiking recommendations

The Bohemian Switzerland National Park Authority has produced an up-to-date orientation map with practical hiking tips for your visit to Bohemian Switzerland.
So you are well prepared. Numerous bus connections also make it easy for you to reach one of the Bohemian hiking destinations by public transport. You can find more up-to-date information on the Bohemian Switzerland website.

  • Bus connection 434 on the route Děčín - Jetřichovice - Krásná Lípa - Hřensko
  • Bus connection 435 on the Mezná - Hřensko - Schmilka route (from Easter 2024, runs at weekends, in July and August also daily)
  • Bus service 438 on the route Děčín - Hřensko - Mezní Louka - Mezná
  • Shuttle bus 441 on the Mezná route via Hřensko and Janov, Hájenky to Česká Kamenice (from Easter 2024, runs at weekends, in July and August also daily)

Hiking recommendations Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland


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