Bohemian Switzerland National Park Tours

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It may be the Czech Republic’s newest national park, but Bohemian Switzerland National Park (Ceske Svycarsko) has long been a popular destination for traders and artists. The park’s curious name was inspired by two 19th-century Swiss artists who settled in the region because it reminded them of their homeland. Today the park draws hikers, bikers, climbers, and nature lovers from around the world.

The Basics
The most popular attraction in Bohemian Switzerland National Park is Pravcicka Brana (Pravcicka Gate), Europe’s largest sandstone arch, standing 52 feet (16 meters) high. Don’t miss the lookout points near Jetrichovice, including Mary’s Rock—which is more than 600 steps to the top. The main village in the park is the picturesque Hrensko, which is worth a visit in its own right. Located north of Prague along the German border, you can visit the park on a tour from either Prague or Dresden, perhaps including a stop at the Saxon Switzerland National Park in Germany as well.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Color-coded hiking trails depart from Hrensko and Jetrichovice.
  • Pravcicka Brana is about an hour’s walk from Hrensko along Gabriel’s Trail.
  • The park features an “upside-down” climate, which means that alpine and subalpine species are found thriving in river canyons and gorges, while higher slopes are home to species that are typically found in warmer climates.
  • Pravcicka Brana and the park’s other main attractions are not accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get to There
Without your own transportation, the best way to reach Bohemian Switzerland National Park is by taking the train to Decin, and from there catching a bus to Hrensko or Jetrichovice. Another option is to take the train to the village of Schona and then catch a ferry to Hrensko.

When to Get There
Bohemian Switzerland National Park is open year-round, though crowds are sparser in the winter months, when the weather can be less predictable. Outdoor activities are especially popular in the spring, summer and fall, as are boat rides on the Kamenice River, which are not possible in the winter.

Rock Formations in Bohemian Switzerland National Park
In addition to the Pravcicka Brana, you’ll find fascinating sandstone rock formations throughout Bohemian Switzerland National Park—all of which are part of a larger geological formation known as the Elbe Sandstones. This makes the park especially popular with rock climbers. In fact the Fortress route, which was first climbed in 1888, was the first recreational rock climb in what is now the Czech Republic.
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Address: Jetřichovice, Bohemian Switzerland National Park 405 02, Czech Republic
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Small-Group Elbe Sandstones Reservation Including Tisa rocks and Bastei Bridge

Delve into the natural wonders of the Elbe Sandstones Natural Reserve on an exhilarating full-day excursion from Prague. Alongside an expert guide, marvel at the beauty of the River Elbe Canyon; recognize the rugged Tisa Rocks used to film scenes in the Chronicles of Narnia movie; and capture photographs of the monumental Bastei Sandstone Bridge and Fortress after crossing the border to Germany. Experience two countries, countless sights and a delicious complimentary lunch on this exciting day tour.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Small-Group Pravcicka Gate & Bastei Bridge Winter Tour from Prague

See the Czech countryside on a full-day, small-group winter trip from Prague to the spectacular Pravcicka Gate, Europe’s largest sandstone arch, as well as, the "Bastei" bridge. Walk in snow-covered trails to enjoy some of the best scenic nature sites that the Czech Republic countryside can offer.
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Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Day Trip from Prague

Take this extensive and intriguing 12-hor trip fro Prague to southern Bohemia and Germany to explore national parks. Marvel at the natural bounty of Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park. Engulf yourself in Central European nature where streams, mountains and coniferous forests combine to create a lush paradise of nature.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Day Trip from Dresden

Explore the beautiful Saxon Switzerland National Park on this 8-hour day trip from Dresden. Delve into the Saxon Switzerland National Park with a guide and take in top attractions such as Bastei Bridge and Pravčická Gate — Europe’s largest natural sandstone gate. Admire panoramic views over the mighty Elbe River, cross from the Saxon side of the park into the Czech side and gain insight into the region’s fascinating geology. After lunch, head into Kamenice Gorge for a dingy ride through the sandstone canyon and explore the pretty town of Hrensko.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Bohemian Switzerland by Train from Prague

Get out of the city and go for a hike in a national park on this tour. Travel from Prague by train to Decin and then transfer to Bohemian Switzerland National Park. Accompanied by a guide, hike through the park’s paths. When you reach Edmund´s Gorge, take a scenic sightseeing cruise before continuing your hike. Return to Prague on the train.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Bohemian Switzerland National Park Tour from Prague

The Bohemian Switzerland National Park beckons from north of Prague, but it takes a train-and-bus journey to get there from the city. With this full-day tour, save time with a direct drive, and trek through the forests and valleys to experience the Pravcicka Gate arch, and in summer, a river cruise—all with a guide so you don’t get lost. The tour includes entry fees and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Full-Day Trip to Bohemian Paradise from Prague

Take a day trip to the heart of the Bohemian Paradise National Park, a UNESCO-listed geopark renowned for its lofty sandstone towers and formations, without worrying about getting lost on a guided tour. The hike, conducted by a local guide, focuses on the area around the towns of Jičín and Železný Brod, and offers a more intimate glimpse into the culture and history of the World Heritage Site than you'd get if you explored independently.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Hiking in Bohemian Switzerland - a day trip from Prague

Travel into the heart of the Bohemian Switzerland National Park on a one-day trip from Prague. Bohemian Switzerland National Park – the youngest of the Czech Republic’s four national parks – forms a part of the larger territory of the Elbe Sandstones, which has been called Czech and Saxon Switzerland for nearly two centuries. The story of this area started many millions of years ago when the area of today’s Bohemian Switzerland was covered by a shallow sea. Its sandy bed gave birth to a world of sandstone, rock towers, bridges and gates with the most diverse of shapes. Discover a mystical landscape of pine forests and deep valleys, with majestic rock towers, gates, walls, ravines, rock cities, and labyrinths rising up from them, rarest of animals and remarkable plants together with our private local guide. The maximum size of this private tour is 17 guests.
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Winter Edition Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Tour from Dresden

Experience two natural highlights of the Elbe River region outside of Dresden on this day trip to Bohemian Switzerland National Park and Saxon Switzerland National Park. Don’t be fooled by the names—you’re not heading into Switzerland. You’ll actually cross the border into the Czech Republic to visit Bohemian Switzerland, which lies adjacent to Saxon Switzerland, on the German side. See sites like the Bastei Bridge, and take a short hike to Pravcicka Gate. 
  • Duration: 10 hours
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