Another attractive place is the Kyjov Valley, which is formed by the canyon of Knnice River. Along the romantic valley there are bizarre sandstone formations intersected by a number of hiking and cycling trails.
Jedlova is a significant skiing resort with two pistes, a downhill one and a cross-country one, with the Jedlova Hotel as main accommodation.
Tolstejn Castle stands on a clinkstone mount in a sandstone area and is eight hundred years old. It was established as a protective castle after the death of King Ottokar II of Bohemia.
The valley of the Elbe along the final part of the river flow in Czech Republic is an area of extraordinary significance and belongs among European rarities. The Elbe Canyon can be compared with the Iron Gate on the Danube.
The Bohemian Switzerland House
Since the 2000 the Krasna Lipa town square has been seating the Bohemian Switzerland National Park Administration and an information end educational centre hosting an exposition called Bohemian Switzerland – Life, Secrets, Inspiration displayed on two floors.
It is a world that will absorb you immediately and you will enjoy using all your senses. In the exposition cinema you may see a film about Bohemia Switzerland, the exposition is bilingual. You can see an ant-lion hole, an ice cave, a mini-watchtower, a climbing wall, a rock chapel, a landscape of secrets just to name a few.
Pravcice Gate is the most attractive place of the Bohemian Switzerland National Park, the entry to the gate has been closed since 1980 because of the big numbers of visitors. The only way to get to Pravcice Gate is by following the 2 hiking trails from Hrensko and Mezni Louka.
The Loretan Chappel in Rumburk belongs among the most valuable houses in the Czech Republic due to its stucco decoration. It was built according to a project by the significant Austrian architect Johann Lucas Hildebrant, a sandstone true copy of the original “Holy House”, situated in Loreto, Ancona, Italy.
The most valuable object of worship in the Loretan Chapel is the statue of the Black Madonna, which was sanctified by Pope Innocent XII in 1694. Besides the Holy House, the Loretan premises include a cloister dating back to the middle of the 18th century, four chapels and a pilgrimage construction of the Holy Stairs with extensive sculpture decoration.
Sluknov is the northernmost town of Czech Republic, and is surrounded by Germany from nearly all sides. The dominant feature of the town is a snow-white chateau, surrounded by a large English park.
The history of the Sluknov region is involved in a number of mysterious stories. They talk about gnomes who knew a way to legendary treasures, about a wild man and ogres, or about a white lady, the ghost of a beautiful countess who lived in the chateau and whose ghost you can steel meet even today.
The village of Tisa in the region of Usti is a gateway to the romantic region of Elbe sandstones. Tisa walls rise a massive, almost 70-metres tall barrier above the village. Legend says that a French nobleman buried his family treasure here, but he was never able to find it afterwards.
If you want to see the Tisa Walls, which may take no longer than two hours, you can also visit the nearby watchtower on Decinsky Sneznik. Due to its fantastic landscape, Tisa was one of the many international locations where the Walt Disney Picture blockbuster the Chronicles of Narnia was filmed.
Varnsdorf had been the biggest village of Austria-Hungary until it was promoted to a town in 1868. The dominant feature of the town is Hradek, which soars on a clinkstone border hill and is 467 metres tall, it was built by members of the Mountain Society for Northernmost Bohemia in 1904.
After undergoing extensive reconstruction, it again provides a circular view of Varnsdorf and of the german town of Seifhennersdorf; and when the weather is clear, it also possible to see the Jizera Mountains and the Giant Mountains. It its interior you can find a permanent exposition of maps, photographs and other exhibits related to Hradek and its surroundings.
Bohemian Switzerland – Folk Architecture
Upper Lusatian houses are a unique kind of folk architecture which has been preserved in the German-Czech-Polish area of the present Nisa-Euro-Region. They form the character of the landscape and talk about the way of life in the area of Upper Lusatia, North Bohemia and Lower Silesia.
They were built in the 11th-13th centuries and they are a mixture of Slavonik timbered and German half-timbered constructions. Due to this fact, such a house could be built faster and there was lower consumption of wood.
Construction of these houses is based on a clever wooden support that bears the weight of the roof or of the upper floor of the house. Thus, timbered rooms downstairs are not unnecessarily weighted and are not threatened with destruction, the ground floor is usually built of both bricks and stone.
Dresden Viewpoint on Szeznik offers an impressive view of deep forests and of the table rocks of Saxon Switzerland. The northernmost watchtower in Czech Republic, is Tanecnice, offering views over national parks of Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland.