BIKING AND SKATING

Did you know? The Elbe cycle route is the most traveled bike trail in the country. It runs the whole length of the river, from its headwaters all the way to the North Sea. The section in the Czech Republic measures 370 km. One of the most beautiful stretches on the trail is the Elbe canyon north of Decin. The massive sandstone bluffs lining the Elbe River corridor make a magnificent backdrop. The trail runs right through the heart of Decin, so there are plenty of cafés along the way. As you peddle along, you can watch the climbers on the via ferrata and take in the boats plying the river. Decin Castle is a perfect place for a stop. Located directly above the bike trail it is one of the region's major landmarks. As the trail nears the German border, it enters Bohemian Switzerland National Park, where it is definitely worth taking a break for a side trip up to Pravcicka brana, the largest natural sandstone bridge on the continent. More information...

THE WATER PARK

Did you know? Decin's swimming complex is a modern recreational facility with a natural thermal water source. It has both indoor and outdoor areas. The pool's thermal water source makes swimming outdoors possible year round. More infromation...

THE SYNAGOGUE

Did you know? Plans for the construction of the synagogue in Decin materialized at the end of the 19th century with a fundraising campaign. The synagogue was built in 1907 in a faux oriental Beaux Arts style on the site of an athletics hall in what is now Zizkova ulice. It was dedicated the same year by Rabbi Max Freund. The destruction of the synagogue in 1939 was prevented at the last moment by the mayor of Podmokly. In 1941 the building was occupied by the Nazis, who painted a map of England on its floor. After World War II the building was not used again until it was made an archive in 1966. More information...

VIA FERRATA

Did you know? Decin is the first Bohemian city with a via ferrata in the heart of town. There are several anchored climbing trails with steel cables and footholds on the cliff face. They climb 90 meters and range from 150 to 170 meters in length. More information...

DECINSKY SNEZNIK

Decinsky Sneznik (in German, Hoher Schneeberg) is a sandstone plateau seven kilometers northwest of Decin. At 723 meters, it is the highest point of the Decin uplands and the Elbe Sandstones area.

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Sneznik's stone observation tower, built in 1864, is one of the oldest in Bohemia. It was originally erected for a geographic survey commissioned by Austria, Saxony, and Prussia, who demanded that the owner of the estate either level the forest on the mountain top or build a wooden tower rising above the tree tops. Franz Thun, lord of the Decin estate, took matters into his own hands, commissioning a stone tower from the Dresden architect Hänel. The 33-meter structure was designed for function and elegance in the Elizabethan style. Work was begun in 1863 and completed in 1864 at the significant cost of 20,000 pieces of gold.

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Its first users were teams of Austrian, Saxon, and Prussian surveyors, whose combined efforts soon contributed to the end of the Austro-Prussian War. Before long the tower attracted hikers and day trippers who were willing to pay a small fee to climb to the top for the fantastic view. In 1865 a small inn was established at the tower. Hikers, school groups, cyclists, and even members of the Saxon royal family soon made their way to the top.

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In 1936 a man named Fäber climbed the tower and managed to catch a television broadcast from Berlin - the Olympic games. After 1945 Sneznik was firmly established as one of Bohemian Switzerland's top sights. Several films have been made here, including the thriller Vetrna Hora.

Where is it? Sneznik 125, Decin

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