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“Amazing landscapes and views fairy tail forests. TOP hidden gem in the Czech Republic.”

Bohemian Switzerland National Park
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Full-Day Trip to Bohemian Paradise from Prague
Ranked #320 of 2,581 things to do in Bohemia
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Bohemian Switzerland National Park (Narodni park Ceske Svycarsko), which was established on 1st January 2000 and covers an area of nearly 80km2, is the youngest national park in the Czech Republic. The park on its northern side borders and is linked to the Saxon Switzerland National Park in Germany, which was established in 1990 and covers an area of 93 km2. The mission of the National Park is to preserve the local territory in its full beauty and to enable natural processes to prevail in this area. Human interventions are only limited to activities which help restore the natural balance to the greatest extent. The focal point of the area protection is a unique sandstone rock town with the occurance of rare plant and animal species and islands of well-preserved woods. Natural values of the National Park have also been acknowledged within the European Union by including it in the prestigious list of European conservation areas called Natura 2000. With a click on the headline or the picture You find further information about tasks and aims of the national park, a broad section about the geology, fauna, flora and forests within the national park, an overview over the history and tourism and a detailed description of the different management fields of the national park Bohemian Switzerland:
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Czech-Saxon Switzerland (in Czech Česko-saské Švýcarsko) is without exaggeration one of the most beautiful national parks in the Czech Republic and probably in Central Europe. So what is the deal here? Well, there are multiple aspects that make this national park such a special place. Well it is combination of multiple things from which I consider most these: Fairy tale-like mixed forests full of light and green fluffy moss. Myriad of sandstone towers offering breathtaking views not only to the cute picturesque landscape of the Czech part but also to the Saxony part in Germany which the NP shares its borders with and is equally beautiful, though I think the Czech side offers more lookouts.
It is gorges with crystal clean river name Kamenice, when you can walk along and get cooled down in hot summer days to feel invigorated by soothing and healing effect of the forest scents and humidity where you can go for a ride on a small boat on this river.
I am Czech (born in the region where the NP is located) and in my life I have visited many, many other parks and forests in this country. But I have to say there is something special about this NP and its forest and landscapes..I fell so much of good energy there.. Not kidding. Every time I visit the place the good energy stays in me for couple of weeks or even months afterwards. The best time to visit is April-June and September-October. Of course summer months are great too, but the NP is likely to be more crowded during summer holidays (July-August). However, if you deflect a bit from the beaten path you will find yourself in a world of tranquility.. This place will heal your soul like nothing else.. Surely the place offers variety of tracks with different difficulty but generally most tracks suit every age.
How to get there from Prague without car ? Take any train that goes in direction to Děčín (which is large nearby city). Great advantage here is, that Děčín city lies on the main train corridor between Czech Republic and Germany so there are many international trains which go to Berlin or Hamburg and stop in Děčín. Right outside the train station there is a bus station where you take bus little town Hřensko which is the entry point to the national park. From there you can choose which track you go. I would personally consider a multi-day trip Of course there are more options if you go by car. Needles to say that this NP is favorite of those who go on a motorbike or classic bicycle, though I would not go too much on main road on the bicycle since it can be quite dangerous during high season.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Our trip to Czech would never be completed without visiting this stunning park. It was literately breathtaking... So lucky that we got there by the sunset and in an autumn day. Best timming!!!

In case you want to go by public transport from Praha (Prague) within a day, here are my tips for you:

1. The train from Praha (Praha Hlavni Nadrazi) to Decin takes around 1.5 to 2 hours. You can buy tickets or check the train time online. It costs about £5 - £6.5/ single ticket.

2. Then take the bus no. 434 from Decin to Hrensko village (direction Mezná). We had to wait quite long for the bus, I reckon there was only one bus in an hour. It takes about 20 minutes to Hrensko village.
* If you want to go straight away to the Pravcicka gate, I think you can get off at the 3rd stop after Hrensko village. It's the stop right at the starting point of the hike to Pracvicka gate from which it takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to hike up to the top. Otherwise, you will need to walk about 45 minutes extra from the village.
* However, if you get off at Hrensko village, you can also take the Edmund Gorge & Wild Gorge Boat Tour for just £2.5/ way. You can find more information by searching for Hrensko village website.

Make sure you have enough time to do both the boat tour and the hike to Pravcicka gate. It takes a full day to do both.

Bear in your mind that the most tricky thing on the way back to waiting for the bus from the village to Decin. We got off the hiking trail around 6:45pm. It was quite dark so we decided to walk back to the village rather than waiting for the bus in the dark without knowing when there would be one (our phones were out of battery so we couldn't check). No matter how desperately you wave the bus driver, he will not stop if you are not at the bus stop. It was about bitter experience. We were 50 meters away from the bus stop, trying to wave the driver but just got his ignorance, then had to wait for another 1.5 hours. I am not sure about the time for the last bus from the village to Decin but we took one at 8:25pm. Taxi is quite hard to get from the village.

7  Thank teddy_1810
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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Matthias and Martin were great guides, fun, helpful and knew their facts. It rained for most of the day, but they were undaunted and encouraged us.

Had the best day.
We had a lot of fun and the sights were outstanding. Spectacular!

The weather cleared towards the end of the day and we had a magical river cruise.
Breathtaking!

It was a strenuous day though. But really worth the effort.

I suggest on the website that information should include wearing appropriate clothing and footwear. And carry a backpack with items to cater for a range of weather types.
Also you should be fit and healthy to walk many kilometers and many flights of stairs.

I highly recommend this tour group and visiting this area.

1  Thank PenelopeC2002
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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I booked this small group tour with Viator when we were planning a tour in Prague. At first we thought it’s a bit pricey but thought it was worth it nawong from the inclusions . Jan from Cayman tours picked us from the hotel at 7 am. We were in a mini van with 3 tourists, the driver and the tour guide/owner. Jan was warm and oriented is on what to expect as written in the itinerary. First stop is about 1.5 hrs from Prague, we didn’t mind as it was an early pick up so we had a chance to take a nap along the way. Then we got to our first stop just before 9, at the Saxon Switzerland National Park when there few tourists yet. We had a better chance to take better photos as we can since the tour buses didn’t arrive yet. Jan is well versed and learned at what he does and make sure to interact with us. Then we left for The Bohemian part of the trip which was just less than 30 min drive as we heard back to Czech from the Germany border.
The hike heading up to the top part of Pravcicka brána was a good moderate 2 km walk/hike in our comfortable shoes. We got to the summit in less than 30 mins and boy...the view was amazing and of course a free drink of anything you want before coming down for lunch. We got a Czech dark Budweiser that quenched our thirsts.
Coming down was a bit easier and got to eat past 1. Lunch was another nice treat with good local food, drink and the company of nice people around.
The gorge part was exciting too, more time to explore nature and rain forest . The dinghy rose to cross to the other man made river bank was just 20 mins. Jan filled us with funny, interesting optical visions around as to make us not get bored .
We reached to our hotel just before 7 pm, very satisfied and quite much of amazing experiences.
Viator has a good description of what is inclusive in this trip.
Kudos to Jan Cerny of Cayman Travel , tour guide/owner!

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Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

We took the Edmund Gorge boat ride starting from Menza to Hrensko. The descent to the dock was steep and on rocky steps which made it laborious. But once you reach the bottom, it's an easy flat trail to the dock. As it was about 5pm, the sun was low and the beautiful sunlight shone through the trees beautifully. Shrouded in mist, the boat ride was magical and worth the trip. Paid 6 Euros for 2.

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