Czech Republic’s Gorgeous Green Bohemian Switzerland

Bohemian Switzerland

An inspired Swiss painter came to this natural mecca in the Kingdom of Bohemia and was reminded of home. Since then, Bohemian Switzerland has been the name of this gorgeous National Park full of natural wonders and wild beauty.

Craggy sandstone rock walls with a carpet of green moss jutting out of the lush green forests, canyons, and hills make this National Park incredibly scenic and picture perfect. You feel like you see every shade of green on the flora and fauna. It is almost as if the plants and trees here came straight out of the rainforest, jungle, or tropical climate. From the floor up to the sky you see green, green, and more green. It’s absolutely breathtaking and calming.

Bohemian SwitzerlandYou can spend days exploring the natural beauty of Czech’s Bohemian Switzerland and Germany’s Saxon Switzerland National Parks, the two are a part of the larger region known as the Elbe Sandstones. We were lucky enough to spend three days here experiencing the best spots Bohemian Switzerland has to offer.

Here are some of the best spots to explore in Bohemian Switzerland.

Pravcicka Gate

Bohemian SwitzerlandPravcicka Gate is a must see while visiting Bohemian Switzerland. Easily the most iconic spot in the National Park and most photographed. It’s no wonder why as the sandstone arch here is Europe’s largest and with the adorable rustic style lodge looking restaurant the entire scene is worthy of being a mural or a postcard.

The archway stands 52 feet high and 26 feet wide and offers stunning views of the rock formations, mountains, and forests nearby on either side. You can check out more beautiful photos of Bohemian Switzerland in the gallery on the top floor of the restaurant.

Bohemian SwitzerlandBe sure to walk up to the viewpoint, it’s about a 5-minute walk up some stairs behind the restaurant for the best photo spot. Afterwards, reward yourself with a beer below the arch. This is a site you won’t forget, plus they randomly have a great free wifi connection here!

Bastei

Bohemian SwitzerlandTechnically in Saxon Switzerland on the German side, but easy enough to visit from the Czech side and totally worth it. Scott describes the setting here as a majestic land where the dinosaurs roam. The rock formations seem like they are from another world and another time.

With a beautiful bridge that goes through the rock formations that seem to pierce the sky and even a fortress in the distance. This viewpoint was unforgettable.

Mariina Vyhlidka

Bohemian SwitzerlandOne of the lesser known gems in Bohemian Switzerland, but not for long. Once people realize this viewpoint exists it will see more visitors. We were guided here by Marek, a local and our tour guide from Northern Hikes. This is one of his favorite spots in Bohemian Switzerland and it’s no wonder why.

Bohemian SwitzerlandThe hike up is a little more challenging than some of the others with approximately 600 uneven forest steps, patches of sand pathways, and a steady incline. However, it is totally doable and only took us around 45 minutes going at a pretty quick pace. The view is rewarding and we would totally do this again.

Bohemian SwitzerlandThere are three viewpoints, we trekked up to the second one overlooking the first viewpoint with a small cabin, forests, pastures, and a charming small village. We experienced the sunrise here and it was chilly but magical. If you can’t make a sunrise happen, this is also a great viewing spot for a sunset or even mid day. You can’t go wrong and the views are worth it.

Visit the Gorge

Bohemian SwitzerlandThe gorge in Bohemian Switzerland is awe inspiring and a must during your trip here. We both were taken back by the intense beauty walking and floating through the gorge via boat. The trail is very easy and flat, so this trail is suitable for anyone, even young kids and the elderly.

Bohemian SwitzerlandWalk along the peaceful trail with the sound of the trickling river by your side. After a 15 minute walk, you will reach the boating platform that you have to take for a ride. A guide will take you on the boat and describe the different rock formations as you pass, this is mostly them using their imagination and pointing out different animals and characters they think the rocks resemble.

Bohemian SwitzerlandAfter a 30 minute ride, you will arrive at the most picturesque spot in the gorge, the small cabin. This spot is pulled straight out of a storybook. We were there on an autumn day and halfway through getting our photos the chimney starting puffing out smoke bringing the whole storybook scene to life even more.

There is also a restaurant that sells snacks and refreshments, including local beer! After a bit of a refresher, you can continue to walk along the gorge, visit a village, and if you want to go even further get on another boat that takes you deeper into the gorge for more enchanting scenery.

Tisa Rocks

Bohemian SwitzerlandWalking through the maze of towering sandstone rock formations here feels like something out of a fantasy. Well, it sort of actually is. This is one of the filming locations for the Chronicles of Narnia! Imagine these gorgeous rocks with a blanket of snow and you’re basically at the set of the movie.

Bohemian SwitzerlandThis place was enchanting and seemed to get better and better as we explored more of the nooks and crannies through the labyrinth of rocks. Climb up the stone steps and reach the top of the rocks for an impressive vista overlooking the surrounding area.

If you’re lucky you may catch a rainbow like us!

After you’ve worked up an appetite from exploring check out the restaurant in the climber’s shop at the entrance, they have great dishes to try. We loved the goat cheese and gnocchi on the nibbles menu.

Ruzova Vyhlidka

Bohemian SwitzerlandAnother incredible viewpoint offering fantastic panoramic views can be seen from Ruzova Vyhlidka or Elbe Sandstone Canyon viewpoint. The walk is quick and easy offering great views overlooking the city of Decin in the distance and the Elbe River.

You also get to see more of the craggy rock formations jutting out of the cliffside’s lush forest. We found the edge of these rocks to resemble a giant side profile of a penguin. We were inspired by our boat captain’s imagination through the gorge!

The local  folk architecture

Bohemian SwitzerlandSomething you’ll notice as you drive through the rural roads of Bohemian Switzerland are the villages filled with adorable distinctive homes. These folk style homes are known in this area and have a rustic charm about them.

We couldn’t help but fall in love with the cute countryside cottages and imagine how peaceful life would be living here surrounded by so much nature and beauty.

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How to Visit Bohemian Switzerland

Bohemian SwitzerlandWhat’s great about Bohemian Switzerland is that it can easily be visited on a day trip with Northern Hikes from Prague. You will be picked up at your hotel and returned the same evening.

There are different tours and programs available seasonally and Northern Hikes provides any special gear or rain gear you may need for different weather conditions, so your trip will go on rain or shine. They cater everyone by offering an easier site seeing tour with flat walking or a more of an advanced program featuring hiking to viewpoints and more challenging treks.

Either way, you can’t go wrong with what you choose. Every place we went to was incredibly beautiful.

Also, if you want to do a private tour like we did it is possible. Contact Northern Hikes in advance to set something up.

Where to Stay

Bohemian SwitzerlandIf you decide to spend a few days here like we did, you can’t miss Na Stodolci. This countryside pension is not only a cozy, rustic place to stay but they offer amazing food in their restaurant. This spot is actually a favorite of the locals, we have been told by several locals in the area this is their favorite restaurant and has gained fame over the years because of their outstanding cuisine.

Their concept is farm to table, they literally grow their food on the property of the restaurant. This was such an interesting place to stay because just outside the door you had animals and a farm that give you even more of a feeling that you are removed from the city and experiencing a true countryside experience.

Bohemian SwitzerlandI especially loved the playful cats they had around as well.

We found Na Stodolci thanks to Amazing Places. This local website helps travelers find interesting accommodation and unique experiences during your travels through the Czech Republic. We recommend trying them out during your stay. We have had back to back great experiences with them.

Check out our entire experience through our vlog below! And don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos!

If you found Bohemian Switzerland to be beautiful, be sure to check out our experience at Bohemian Paradise – another one of Czech Republic’s natural wonders.

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Disclaimer: Our trip to Bohemian Switzerland was in partnership with Northern Hikes and Czech Tourism. However, as always, all opinions and photos are our own.

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  • Paige Brown

    I seriously am so obsessed with these posts on Bohemian Switzerland. I love how lush and green it all looks! The Gorge is just so magical looking. I’m glad to hear it’s a super easy hike. I may be trying to get my grandma to come meet us, and I want to take her somewhere amazing and someplace that won’t be too hard for her.

    • I was also obsessed with the GREEN galore! I loved the gorge, it felt like I was in fern gully or something! And the gorge would be a great place for your grandmother, it’s all flat and a boat ride. 🙂

  • Love your photos. I didn’t know Bohemian Switzerland was so big. I just know by looking at these photos that I would love to check it out. I love National Parks. The Gorge looks so beautiful and the architecture is so cute almost fairy tale like 😀

    • Right? It was pretty big, it would be hard to see the best of without doing a tour with Northern Hikes or having a car. Even with a car you wouldn’t be able to find some of these spots! It was a really breathtaking place!

  • Awesome is the word. We visited the Saxonian Switzerland a couple of months back but that was just a day trip. I guess it justifies a couple of days stay to explore the region.

    • Absolutely! We would also love to explore more of that park too!

  • Those countryside cottages are so adorable! I don’t know why, but I really love road trips that involve both nature’s scenery and homes like this. I like to imagine what it would be to live in them and how peaceful it must be to be surrounded such gorgeous nature. These particular ones kinda remind me of the tiny homes on the Lord of the Rings 🙂

    • Right? Us too! We imagined living there, it was just so beautiful!

  • No wonder Scott found Bastei to be a land where dinosaurs roam. It does look like that. Also, I loved the pictures of the playful cats. It reminds me of my garden cat, Lomfola, who is no more. 🙁 She was constantly chased by another, and saved by me!

    • Haha, I thought he was crazy but when you look at the photos it looks pretty majestic! I am a cat lover, sorry to hear that you lost yours.

  • The scenery looks amazing and green. It sure does look like Switzerland. I would never have guessed this was in the Czech Republic. Love your photos, especially how you’ve captured those cliffs.