Bohemian Switzerland is one of the largest Czech nature reserves located on an area of 80 sq. km. Nature reserve is located directly on the border with Germany, covering the most beautiful part of the Elbe sandstones. Elbe river carved out a deep canyon in the rocky landscape. Bohemian Switzerland is a real miracle. You won’t meet such unusual natural and human-made creations anywhere else in the world.
The main miracle of the Bohemian Switzerland is Pravčická brána, it is located not far from the Hřensko village located on the border. It is the biggest natural stone gate on our continent. Pravčická brána is the most beautiful part of the nature reserve, it is a symbol of the whole region and even of the whole country. First of all, brána (in Czech it means "gate") impresses with its size: the arch span is 26,5 m, its height is 16 m, its width is 8 m, its minimum thickness is 3 m, its maximum height is 21 m. Pravčická brána is also surrounded by numerous viewing platforms offering breathtaking views at the nature reserve and at the gate.
Another sight of Bohemian Switzerland called the "Falcon's Nest" Castle is located against the background of pristine forests, canyons, bizarre rocks and deep valleys. The castle was built in the XIX century important guests by Clary-Aldringen aristocratic family, nowadays this castle is the only museum of Bohemian Switzerland. On the first floor you can find a restaurant with a preserved original wood finish and ceiling paintings. And the scenery from the viewing point is fabulous!
Another great sight within the reserve is the Belvedere viewing platform. It is another creation of Clary-Aldringen aristocratic family, who owned a large part of Bohemian Switzerland. The huge stone terrace is overhanging the canyon of the Elbe river. From here you can see the national nature reserve in all its glory. In the distance you can see even the German part of the reserve, which is called the Saxon Switzerland. You can get to the terrace both on foot and by bike or by car.
- The Saxon Switzerland name was introduced in the XVIII century by artists (painters) Arian Tsingg and Anton Graff. The landscape reminded them of their homeland, the Swiss Jura.
- Bohemian Switzerland is a nature reserve with plenty of both man-made and miraculous sights. Dense forests, paths carved right into the cliffs, endless number of viewing platforms – you will see and pass it all.
- Prepare for a tour through the Bohemian Switzerland as for a hike. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes, bring a bottle of water and maybe a couple of sandwiches. Although you can always have a meal in the "Falcon's Nest" castle.
- Bring a camera allowing you to make great panoramic photos.