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Bohemian Paradise Pravčická Sandstone Gate
Discover the unique harmony of bizarre stone towns, deep pine forests, majestic castles and chateaus and get lost for a while in the Bohemian Paradise rock labyrinth – a UNESCO geopark! The countless little paths that run through the rocks of Bohemian Paradise’s sandstone rock towns and labyrinths are entrancing. You will pass through narrow crevices between rocks and climb between them until you reach wonderful lookout points. The Mariánská Vyhlídka is regarded as the loveliest lookout in the Hruboskalské rock town. It affords wonderful views of Ještěd and in particular Hrubá Skála Chateau and the ruins of Trosky Castle.
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Thanks to the work of natural forces you can admire effusions of volcanic mountains that today comprise spots overlooking the landscape with amazing views, including from the Kozákov Lookout, from the ruins of Trosky Castle and from Zebín Hill.
Transport from Prague to Turnov: 90 km, 1 hrs, 2:00 hrs, 1:30 hrs Nearby sights: • Kost Castle, Sychrov Chateau • Bozkov Caves • Škoda Museum in Mladá Boleslav www.cesky-raj.info
Bohemian Switzerland At the Bohemian Switzerland National Park you will discover an unspoilt landscape of sandstone rock towns, gorges and lookout points perfect for walks and biking. The monumental sandstone arch Pravčická brána (Pravčická Gate) is not just a symbol of the national park – it is the largest natural rock arch anywhere in Europe. A short distance away you will find the Sokolí hnízdo (Falcon’s Nest) Chateau, once the holiday retreat of the Clary-Aldringen aristocratic family. At several places in Bohemian Switzerland it is possible to admire springs of crystal clear water that bubble up from large underground lakes.
Transport from Prague to Hřensko: 130 km, 1:50 hrs, 1:30 hrs to Děčín From there, buses go to Hřensko-Mezná. Nearby sights: • Ústí nad Labem • Děčín • Velké Žernoseky Other rock towns in Bohemia wonderful Kokořín, Broumovsko, Adršpach-Teplice Rocks www.kokorinsko. ochranaprirody.cz www.broumovsko. ochranaprirody.cz www.skaly-adrspach. cz/en