The Fabulous Bohemian Switzerland Forest (with Map & Photos)

Discover the unknown and romantic Bohemian Switzerland National Park, an extensive forest in the Czech Republic that happens to be one of the most incredible corners for romantic painters and, without a doubt, a wonder for the lover of unique landscapes.

Bohemian Switzerland Forest
Bohemian Switzerland Forest

Today we travel to a mystical landscape, a landscape of pine forests and lush valleys from which rocky towers, gates, walls, ravines, rock cities and labyrinths stand out. One would say that we are talking about a strange and mysterious universe, a beautiful and distant universe. However, this wonderful and evocative place is very close. We are in the Czech Republic, in the extraordinary and unknown Bohemian Switzerland National Park. A world where rocks are home to unusual animals and unique green plants.

Bohemian Switzerland Forest
Bohemian Switzerland Forest

The history of this area dates back to many millions of years ago, when this territory was nothing but the bottom of a shallow sea. From that bottom of the sand was born the world of sandstone and rocks that form bridges and gates in surprising ways. 'Bohemian Switzerland' comes from 'Saxon Switzerland', which is what the German sandstone part of the Elbe River is called. And the romanticism of its name is due to the Swiss painters Adrian Zingg and Anton Graff, who worked at the Dresden Academy and painted the landscape around the Elbe River.

Bohemian Switzerland Forest
Bohemian Switzerland Forest

The Bohemian Switzerland National Park is part of the extensive set of the Elbe River Sandstones and was created in January 2000 and is the fourth national park in the Czech Republic. A park that links to the Sächsische Schweiz National Park on the German side. Most of the Park is made up of the Jetřichovice Walls, a set of rocks and forests practically uninhabited, but which is one of the favorite tourist destinations, especially the viewpoints of Mariina skála or Rock of Mary, Vileminina skála or Rock of Guillermina and Rudolfův kámen or Rodolfo's Stone; or the so-called Šaunštejn, and Falkenštejn rock castles.

Bohemian Switzerland Forest
Bohemian Switzerland Forest

One of the best-known natural monuments in this part of the park is the Pravčice Gate National Nature Monument. A unique rock bridge in Europe. And one of the most popular places is the Kyjov Valley which continues through the Křinice Gorge accessible by boat from the German side. Another of its best known attractions are the gorges on the Kamenice River. A romantic walk along the river crossing narrow walkways or a boat ride through rocky canyons will be an unforgettable experience.

The southern part of the National Park encompasses the Děčín Walls, where the Kamenice Glens are located, another of the best-known natural monuments. Although the Tichá and Divoká gullies are also places that tourists visit regularly. To the north of the ravines you can visit the town of Mezná, the only town in the park. A charming and charming little town that maintains its wooden houses as they were built in the seventeenth century.

Bohemian Switzerland Forest
Bohemian Switzerland Forest

If you like hiking, this park is one of those destinations that you cannot miss. From the entrance of Hřensko, several marked sightseeing tours lead to the nearby glens. with parts of the road that go through a maze of rocks, tunnels and bridges. And the narrow passages illuminated by sunlight mitigated by vegetation, between high walls of sandstone rocks covered with moss and fern, are simply magical. Among the tourist routes there is also the Gabriel Path that passes the famous Pravčice Gate.

Without a doubt, walking and getting lost among the fabulous nature, the dark gorges and the sinuous and unique rock forms is the best way to get to know Czech Switzerland. A pleasure for the senses, especially for nature lovers.

Bohemian Switzerland Forest Map