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...


The castle's loveliest spot is, beyond a doubt, its rose garden. The garden runs from a sala terrena with frescoes dating to 1678 on its western end to its gloriette terrace, dotted with Baroque sculptures, on the east. It became commonly known as the Rose Garden in 1881 when it had one of the greatest rose collections in the Habsburg Empire.

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The carefully renovated castle interiors are the setting for group and individual tours, weddings, concerts, exhibits, and other cultural events. Decin's museum has a permanent exhibit here. Visitors can explore the castle living quarters, enjoy wonderful views of the city, and soak up the enchanting atmosphere of the rose garden. Over the course of the year the castle courtyard comes to life with various celebrations. The best known are the Historic May Fair, the wine festival in September, and the castle Christmas market.

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In summer months the castle lights up in the evenings for tours led by actors in period dress. Meanwhile, castle renovations continue in the gardens and park.

Where is it? Decin Castle, Decin

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