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...

THE STONE BRIDGE

Did you know? The historic stone bridge spanning the Ploucnice not far from Decin Castle was built in 1564-1569 after a flood washed away the original structure in 1561. The sandstone bridge has four arches and is built in the late Gothic style with crenellated sides. It is 84 meters long, 4.8 meters wide, and rises 7.7 meters above the river. The sculptural grouping portraying St. John of Nepomuk, St. Vitus, and St. Wenceslas, with reliefs showing their deaths as martyrs, was done by M. J. Brokof in 1714. The structure is a protected landmark accessible only for pedestrians and cyclists. More information...

KAMENICE RIVER GORGE

One of Bohemian Switzerland's most beguiling attractions is the Kamenice River gorge in Hrensko.

This unforgettable natural setting, named for Edmund Clary-Aldringen, is located on the lower reaches of the Kamenice River. Sheer cliff walls rise up on both sides of the river reaching heights of 50 to 150 meters. In sections were the rock face rises up from the water itself, flat-bottomed boats take the place of footpaths. Boats started plying the river here in 1890. A path from Hrensko leads along the left, then the right bank of the Kamenice, under overhangs and through three tunnels to the boat dock. These light craft carry passengers for the next 960 meters. At the end a footpath leads from the left bank to the bridge at Mezna, from which the path continues on to the next gorge (Divoka souteska) or hikers turn off to take a long flight of stairs up to Mezna.

The cliffs are dotted with interesting rock formations such as Skalni rodina (the cliff family) and Strazce (the watchman). The deep river gorge, with its high sandstone walls is also an excellent place to observe an example of inverted vegetational strata. Because cold air collects at the bottom of the gorge, at an elevation of only 150 meters above sea level, there are high altitude plants such as alpine violets, northern firmoss, and twisted stalk, all of which are more often found in mountain settings. At the edge of the sandstone face there are stands of marsh Labrador tea, a plant species common in Bohemian-Saxon Switzerland. Fauna that make their home in the gorge include the common kingfisher, the white-throated dipper, the grey wagtail, the black stork, Daubenton's bat, and sometimes the European otter. Invertebrate species typical to alpine climes are also found here.

Note: Strollers are transported free of charge; bicycles are not allowed on the boats.

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Hours and fares

The Edmundova souteska gorge is open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. from April through September and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in October.

Boat capacity: 25 passengers

 

Fares - Edmundova souteska gorge

Adults 80 CZK
Children 3-15 yrs 40 CZK
Seniors 40 CZK
Physically disabled (with ID card) 40 CZK
Dogs (must have muzzle) 40 CZK

Note: Strollers are transported free of charge; bicycles are not allowed on the boats.

The last boat departs towards Hrensko at 6 p.m. and towards Mezna at 5:30 p.m. In October the last departure is one hour earlier.

 

The Divoka souteska gorge is open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. from April through September and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in October.

Boat capacity: 25 passengers

Fares - Divoka souteska gorge

Adults 60 CZK
Children 3-15 yrs 30 CZK
Seniors 30 CZK
Physically disabled (with ID card) 30 CZK
Dogs (must have muzzle) Free

Note: Strollers are transported free of charge; bicycles are not allowed on the boats.

 

The last boat departs towards Hrensko at 5 p.m. and towards Mezni Louka at 4:30 p.m. In October the last departure is one hour earlier.

See www.hrensko.cz for more information.