North. Between Nature and Adventure

22/04/2018

Two magical places surrounded by nature, in the north of the Czech Republic: Adršpach-Teplice Rocks and Bohemian Switzerland.

Adršpach-Teplice Rocks

Adršpašsko-teplické skály

The Adršpach-Teplice Rocks are an unusual set of sandstone formations covering 17 km2 in northeastern Bohemia, Czech Republic. They are named after two nearby municipalities: Adršpach, and Teplice nad Metují.

The rocks of Adršpach-Teplice are located in the triangle between the municipalities of Teplice nad Metují, Adršpach and the top of Čáp on the village of Skály. Perhaps few know that once this was the bottom of an ocean. When the plaster withdrew from these places, two original groups of rocks were created, divided by the called gorge "Of the Wolf".

The rocks have been protected as a national nature reserve since 1933, and since 1991 the whole adjacent region of Broumovsko has enjoyed the status of protected landscape area. Tourists may visit the rocks via a number of marked trails. The area is a popular destination for rock climbers.

Reserve at least 3 hours for the excursion on the Teplice rocks. Along the way, you will find rock formations with well-chosen names, such as the Caterpillar, the Butcher's Ax and the Golem. Do not neglect the adrenaline climb up the stairs to Střmen Castle, now adapted to lookout points. Your steps will also take you under the huge and smooth Watch Tower, one of the symbols of the Teplice rocks. At the junction at the Sibiř follow the stone steps through the Great Temple Square to the chapel in the rock, through a narrow passage you will reach the cage of the Lions and you will find you do not know how in the garden of the Gigante Krakonos. Four towers of Teplice rocks, the Crown of Stone, the walls of the Temple and of Martin and the Stone Temple will stand around you. You will not know where to turn your head!

Bohemian Switzerland

České Švýcarsko 

Bohemian Switzerland, also known as Czech Switzerland, is a picturesque north-western geographic region and national park of the Czech Republic. It is bordered on both sides by the Elbe river. It extends east to the Lusatian mountains and to the west on the metalliferous mountains. Its highest peak is Mount Děčínský Sněžník, 726 meters above sea level. It is a protected area since 1972.

The Czech national park (Czech: Národní park České Švýcarsko) is the most recent national park in the Czech Republic and covers an area of almost 80 km². The national park borders to the north with the Saxon Switzerland National Park in Germany, which was established in 1990 and covers an area of 93 km².

Among the objectives of the National Park there is to preserve the territory in all its beauty and to allow natural processes and make them prevail in this area. Human interventions are in fact limited only to activities that help restore the natural balance, to the greatest extent. The focal point of the protection of the area consists of rock formations, in which there are rare animal and plant species, and well-preserved isolated woods.

Alice