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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.

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