Šumava Bohemian Switzerland
It is almost impossible to believe how much beauty there is in this small country. The Czech landscape is surprisingly varied – and the greatest proof of this is four national parks, each different and unique. Šumava Šumava, a mountain range in South Bohemia that can be both charming and rough, is a landscape of silent forests, highlands, and blossoming meadows and is, most importantly, the kingdom of water. Mysterious peat bogs, wild rivers full of gigantic boulders, glacial lakes… Bohemian Switzerland Bohemian Switzerland in the northwest is a romantic landscape of breathtaking sandstone formations, tall towers, and vaulted gates, and a land of unique treasures of folk architecture. Bohemian Paradise – UNESCO Geopark The fairytale Bohemian Paradise area For centuries the Bohemian Paradise area has attracted painters, writers, artists, and dreamers of all kinds. Discover this unique combination of bizarre rock formations, deep pine forests, majestic castles and sublime villages of timber cottages, losing yourself for a moment in the labyrinth that is the Bohemian Paradise area. Declared the first geopark in the country by UNESCO, the Bohemian Paradise area is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Czech Republic. One of the biggest attractions is the area of rock formations between the towns of Jičín and Železný Brod. Thanks to the forces of nature you can admire lofty sandstone forms here, worn into weird and wonderful shapes, some of which are 60m tall. Some have been given strange names such as Taktovka (Baton), Kapelník (Choirmaster), Maják (Lighthouse) and Dračí zub (Dragon’s Tooth). Mysterious labyrinths and rugged castles The rock formations and labyrinths of the Bohemian Paradise area, and especially the Prachovské Rocks, are great places to explore thanks to the countless paths that run between them. You’ll be moving through narrow cracks in the rock, climbing up inside them and enjoying the views from their lofty heights. One of the finest views is from the Kozákov tower. Nor should you miss a visit to the rock formations at Hrubá Skála and the elegant Hrubá Skála Chateau, perched right on top of the rocks. Another attraction is the ruins of Trosky Castle; to reach it you’ll have to climb to the top of two steep peaks that were once active volcanoes. If you love fairytale castles, head for impregnable Kost. The grand residences of the Wallensteins and Rohans Experience the authentic romance of a French chateau at Sychrov Castle, where the aristocratic Rohan family settled after the French Revolution. The Rohans were one of the ten most influential families in France, and as cousins of the French kings were awarded countless princely titles. The Baroque chateau in Mnichovo Hradiště tells the story of Czech warlord and politician at the time of the Thirty Years War, Albrecht von Wallenstein , who was murdered in cold blood by imperial officers.