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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