Walking through Bohemian Switzerland

Self Guided Tour

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This tour is provided by

Actief in Tsjechië

We are a team of Dutch and Czech with more than 50 years of experience in organizing active holidays in the Czech Republic for Dutch and Belgians. Since 2000 we have been the absolute number 1 in active trips to the Czech Republic. In addition to individual walking and cycling trips, we organize a wide range of outdoor and fun activities. In most situations you can opt for your own transport, but we also offer the option of (local) transfers. We have a number of our own accommodations at top locations and we also work together with both budget accommodations and luxury hotels.

  • 4 Days
  • Self Guided Tour
  • Czech Republic

Four-day tour through Bohemian Switzerland

The beautiful Bohemian-Saxon Switzerland nature park lies on the border between Germany and the Czech Republic. The region has National Park status on both the German and the Czech side of the border. The area is characterized by fairytale landscapes: pine forests, rock formations and idyllic views alternate. Bohemian Switzerland is an ideal destination for an active holiday. You spend the night in good hotels on the way, based on bed and breakfast in Děčín first night and halfboard in second and third night. Pets are very welcome in most accommodations.

The Program From Day to Day

Individual arrangement, easy four-day hike, three hiking days, a total of approx. 24 to 35 km hiking (length depending on ultimately booked accommodation). The tour takes you past the most important sights of Bohemian Switzerland. Anyone can make this trip with a little fitness. Along the way you will see beautiful nature and there is enough space to extend the walks.

The first and optionally last night in Děčín you spend in the same hotel, your car can also remain there.

Please note: in high season, the accommodations are quickly fully booked. We advise you to book this tour well in advance.

Price Includes

  • 3 x accommodation with breakfast
  • 2 x warm meal
  • Topographic hiking map and route description
  • Telephone support and personal assistance if needed
  • SGR guarantee

Price Excludes

  • Costs for the boat trip from Děčín to Hřensko
  • Costs for the punt boat trip through the gorge between Hřensko and Mezna (optional)
  • Train ticket from Česká Kamenice to Děčín
  • Surcharge for double or single rooms instead of family room optionally bookable (multiple double rooms for small groups instead of 1 large (family) room. Recommended for eg a group of friends with several couples, or parents with older / adult children who want a separate room)
  • luggage transport (It is possible but not really necessary. You walk with a light pack for three days past the two accommodations in the National Park where everything is available for eating and sleeping.)


Travel or cancellation insurance, price to be calculated online

We advise you to take out travel insurance, this is possible with De Europeesche Verzekeringen, among others. Would you like to take out cancellation insurance? This must be done within 7 days of the booking date. In our confirmation email we provide a direct link to the online module of the Europeesche with which the customer can directly take out the most favorable travel insurance.

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Day 1Děčín

Today you arrive in Děčín, the base for this tour. The walking program starts tomorrow, so you have plenty of time to explore this historic city. Děčín Castle with its beautiful rose garden, for example, is worth a visit.

Another suggestion is the spectacular via ferrata in Děčín with a magnificent panorama of the city on the Elbe as a reward.

Overnight: Hotel Faust, Pension U Pekaře

Day 2Děčín - Hřensko - Mezná

The day starts with a boat trip on the Elbe. The boat sails all the way to Dresden, but you get off in Hřensko. This village is the gateway to Bohemian Switzerland, of which today you will immediately encounter its most famous symbol: Pravčická brána, the largest natural gate in Europe.

Note: the boat does not sail at extreme water levels. The timetable will be announced one day in advance, we will provide information about this. An alternative to the boat is the train, a very nice train ride to Hřensko where you still have to cross the Elbe with a pound from the left bank to the right bank.

From Pravčická brána you descend to the Kamenice gorge and go for a boat trip on a punt boat. You can also omit this part if you prefer to walk. There are two alternative via Pravčická brána 10.5km to Mezní louka / 12.5km to Mezná or through the gorge 7km 

Distance: 7 to 12 km
Climbing: 450 m
Descent: 280 m
Overnight: Pension Na vyhlídce, Hotel Hubert or Hotel Mezní louka, Pension U Fořta (upgrade)

Day 3Mezná - Rynartice

Via the somewhat smaller Malá Pravčická brána you walk to the ruins of rock fortress Šaunštejn. Not much is left of it now, but in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the castle was a base for robbers and bandits. From the strategic position of the castle you have a good view of the national park through which you walk.

Continue to Jetřichovice, where you can take a small detour to the Mariina Skála viewpoint. It is a bit of a climb, but once at the top you will be rewarded with another fantastic view over Bohemian Switzerland.

Distance:  12 km
Climbing: 272 m
Descent: 201 m
Overnight: Hotel Bellevue, Pension U vyhlídky, Hotel Zámeček (upgrade)

Day 4 Rynartice - Česká Kamenice - Děčín

For those who still have enough energy, a trip to the Seven Dwarfs of Rynartice is recommended. From these dwarfs you walk to Česká Kamenice, but you can of course also choose to walk directly to this town. Here you take the train or bus to Děčín, from where you travel on to your next destination or back home.

End of the tour. You can extend the tour with, for example, an extra night after the tour in Děčín or a city trip to Prague. See the ‘extras’ tab for all options. Feel free to contact us, we are happy to help you put together your ideal holiday!

Distance: 9 to 12 km
Climbing: 315 – 356 m
Descent: 221 – 262 m
Overnight: none