Welcome to the Bohemian Switzerland national park

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Bohemian Switzerland National Park is the youngest of the four national parks in the Czech Republic. Some call it Bohemian Swiss or even Czech Switzerland, but whatever the name, get ready for real natural beauty and adventure. Of all 4 Czech national parks, Bohemian Switzerland is the easiest to reach from Prague. It only takes you 2 hours of a comfortable highway drive or 1.5 hours by train. A perfect candidate for 1-day trips from the Czech capital. Bohemian Switzerland is situated in the north-western part of the Czech Republic and borders with the equally beautiful, but rather more crowded Saxon Switzerland national park in Germany.

Why visit Bohemian Switzerland national park?

Wild nature and diverse landscape

Can you stay longer than 1 day? Great. Definitely worth a few hiking tours. What makes the place unique? The diversity of the landscape within a relatively small area of roughly 80 km². A landscape of impressive, high towering sandstone formations, combined with deep ravines hidden in the shade of the woods spread out along the biggest sandstone canyon in Europe, carved by the monumental Elbe River. The wild and various nature of the region has been a magnet for many romantic painters, writers and composers who used to come here to find the inspiration.

Come for the hiking (and other activities)

Hikers love Bohemian Switzerland. The large plateaus at the top of the canyon overlook the curving river and make extremely photo-friendly viewpoints, especially at sunrise or sunset. The dark green valleys are full of reliably marked forest paths, hike-able in the summer and winter. The trails in Tisa area weave through the sand-rock cities.

The crumbled sand makes them white and soft and pleasant to walk. The trails in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains area run in the shade of lush vegetation along fast little creeks. In the summer you can sit on a boulder and soothe sore feet in the fresh water. In the winter, the various streams create beautiful frozen waterfalls.

The region offers trails of all difficulty levels. Bohemian Switzerland is a great family hiking destination, but you can just as well plan many tours for the adventurer in you, the lone traveler or the romantic. Sandstone climbing is a local passion and it attracts climbers from all over the world. For climbing rules, check this out.

The Elbe Cycle Route passes through Bohemian Switzerland. It runs along the Elbe River from its origin in the Giant Mountains up to the German border at Hrensko and further on to the North Sea. Within the Czech Republic, it is marked as the route CT 2 and is partially identical with the EuroVelo 7.

Bohemian Switzerland in the winter

Most tourists come to Bohemian Switzerland from April to September, which makes the winter season in the national park a great opportunity to see the highlights without the crowds. The white of the snow makes the sandstone structures stand out and the sharp winter light inspires Instagrammers and photographers from the region as well as from far away.

Despite the wilderness certificate, the winters in Bohemian Switzerland do not get too hard. It is enough to make it snow and let the streams in the forest freeze, but it is definitely milder than in the Ore Mountains a few kilometers to the west. Boots and water/windproof clothing will be great, but for a 1-day hike, you will manage with good shoes and jeans just as well. Do not forget the gloves though, as you will want to keep your fingers warm enough to work the camera at the viewpoints.

The opening hours at the various tourist venues may be shorter in the winter, so be sure to check at one of the information centers in Decin or Krasna Lipa.


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Bohemian Switzerland from Prague

Our bestselling tour combines the greatest treasures of the National Park with real hiking!

This 1-day trip from Prague will take you high up to the sun-warmed viewpoints of the impressive Elbe sandstone massif, as well as deep down into the green mysteries of its gorges. We will follow the trail of the most memorable spots this region has to offer.

Now let’s give you the facts: We will pick you up at your hotel. The van is comfortable and WIFI connected. Our small group of most likely quite inspiring people will drive north for 2 hours, then stop and dive into the woods immediately. Because you know what? When you only have 1 day, there is no time to waste!

You will climb & clamber up the forest paths and the rocky tracks, leading to the largest sandstone arch in Europe. But once up on the Pravcicka Gate plateau, you will feel airy from the smell of the pines, the warm breeze and the magnificent, faraway views.

Then your singing stomach will drag you to the next treat: a delicious á la Carte lunch and a craft beer at a really good restaurant offering the best from the local food scene. Choose what you like from the irresistible menu. You deserve it! And it’s all included in your tour.

And finally, down into the realm of the water! You will experience a soothing boat ride through the Kamenice river gorge, maybe even with a little surprise at the end.

Well, now you got the facts. Let’s hope it ignited enough fire in your heart to book the tour, pack your outdoor boots and get your camera ready!


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Easy Tour with Boat Ride and Bastei Bridge

Are you up for a bit of romance? Surprise your love with a 1-day trip from Prague!

Fill your smog-clenched lungs with some fresh air rising from the sandstone canyons around the Elbe river. Contemplate those life changing decisions at the breathtaking viewpoints, feeling like on top of the world. Find the answers you are searching for. Let the nature (and us) guide you!

So what exactly is there to look forward to? You will walk the famous, sky-scraping Bastei Bridge, then immerse deep down into the green of the forest. We will lead you through the labyrinth of high-rising rock towers and take you for a mystic boat ride in one of the gorges naturally formed by the river Kamenice.

Combining the greatness of the best Bohemian Switzerland sights with some easy hiking, a meal and drinks of your choice in one of the best local restaurants, a helpful guide who knows the spots for pictures that will pile up the likes and hearts under your Facebook or Instagram post, and the comfort of the WIFI connected van driving you for this adventure from and back to your Prague hotel – those are the ingredients that make our recipe for an easy, 1-day outdoor trip outside the city just perfect.

This tour is our true romantic treasure. And in case your romance has already proved productive, then don’t worry to take the kids along. If they are used to do a bit of walking, they should manage too!

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