Czech heaven

The name says it all really. It’s a Czech paradise with dense pine forests, countless lookouts with unmistakable views, castles and chateaux and intriguing rock formations. There’s also adventurous hiking and biking trails that pass through sandstone rocks; the Gold Route that’ll take you from the Bohemian Paradise to Trosky Castle; and the chateau in Hrubá Skála.

The Hrubá Skála circuit starts and ends at the chateau, standing at lofty heights on 2 sandstone towers. There’s a picturesque forest track that passes the viewing point at Adam’s Balcony that heads to Valdštejn Castle – the oldest castle in the Bohemian Paradise area. You can also see panoramic views of Hrubá Skála at the Mariánská viewing point.

The Gold Route also leads to Hrubá Skála but first passes the clifftop U Lvíčka viewing point and then the Bukovina arboretum – which is home to many rare tree species.

Hikers, this one’s for you. The long circuit along the Prachovské Rocks starts at the Hikers Refuge. You’ll start by heading up stone steps, which lead to the Pechova viewing point where you can see amazing views of Zelená Ravine. You’ll also descend into a labyrinth of intriguing rock formations in Fortna. Along the track, there are many lookouts with incredible views, so be sure to pack your camera.

In the Bohemian Paradise area you can also see the Drábské Světničky fortress – one of the most popular sites in the area because of its spectacular views of the countryside.

U Rybníka, Mírová pod Kozákovem-Turnov, Czech Republic, Europe

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