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...


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...


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...


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...


Hunger Rock symbolizes hard times for the local populace. In times of drought crops fail and ships stand at anchor, the river too shallow to navigate. In older times low water meant that supplies of salt were cut off as well. People carved records of these hard times into the rock mass. The oldest legible marking is dated 1616. An old German message on the rock sums it up well: Wenn du mich siehst, dann weine (When you see me, weep). A later Czech inscription reads: Neplac holka, nenarikej, kdyz je sucho, pole strikej (Don't cry, girl, don't fret. When it's dry, just spray your field wet).

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After the Moldau was dammed in 1926, the rock made its appearance more often. Today it is visible on an average of 126 days every year. Should a dam ever be built below Decin (attempts to launch such a project date back to 1653), the rock mass would disappear forever under the water's surface. Would that ring in a golden era?

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The bank near Hunger Rock was paved in 1911. In 1994 the rock itself was cleaned and made more accessible to the public.

Hunger Rock is one of the oldest hydrological landmarks in central Europe.

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