3. Climb to 360° views of Czech Switzerland
Reaching the top of Mary’s Rock, one of the steepest lookouts in Czech Switzerland, ranks amongst the most difficult but also most rewarding of hikes.
Coming to Bohemian Switzerland is all about the gorgeous landscape and experiencing it from every possible angle. Your hike up Mary’s Rock starts from village Jetrichovice by following the red marked trail. And if that doesn’t exhaust you enough, why don’t you go on to conquer Rudolf’s Stone, another inspiring lookout nearby with the last few metres being an almost vertical ascent.
The distance is quite short but the demands of the steep incline extends this hike to some 45 to minutes one way.
4. Discover a most romantic valley
The Kyjov Valley, carved out by Křinice river, is without a question one of the most picturesque and romantic walks in Bohemian Switzerland.
The easy trail starts from a small town Kyjov and, depending on the route you take, it goes for about 3-4km which can be extended into a loop. On the way you’ll stumble upon mysterious natural formations – lovingly named Fraternal Stones, Lion’s Cave, Bear Den, Treasury, Fairy Caves or Wine Cellar.
The charming town Kyjov, other than marking the beginning of the trail, offers few good establishments and a tourist centre where you can acquire a map before setting off.
5. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Elbe Canyon
You can park your car as close as 300m from Belveder, an elevated terrace standing high above a huge valley surrounded by imposing rocks, cut through by the Elbe River.
This is probably one of the easiest thing to do in Bohemian Switzerland and by all accounts well worth the effort. Belveder lookout is a most impressive place any time of the day but especially at dusk, when you can watch the sun slowly disappearing behind the horizon, painting the valley in a pallet of colours on its way down.
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