Snuggled up against a giant swath of the German border, is the Czech Republic’s Bohemian Switzerland National Park. Though it’s the country’s newest national park, the region has long drawn people — from traders to artists — to cross into its borders. In fact, the park’s curious name was inspired by two 19th-century Swiss artists, who settled here because it fondly reminded them of their homeland.
For most, it will likely recall something that dreams are made of, given the park’s majestic lush landscape, and especially because of the otherworldly sandstone rock formations, including Pravcicka Brana (Europe’s largest sandstone arch, and the symbol of the park). Park visitors relish in navigating Bohemian Switzerland’s various routes (marked by different colors), taking boat rides down the river gorges, and visiting the sweet village of Hřensko, very much the hub of the park, and from which many trails depart.