National Park Czech Switzerland
National Park Czech Switzerland is one of four national parks of the Czech Republic. Located in the district of Decin and between the villages of Hrensko Chribska and occupies an area on the border with Germany, which separates it from the National Park Saxon Switzerland. Geologically belong to Děčín Highlands. The main object of protection are unique rock town and tied them to the animals and plants. The area is known for its rock formations - towers, gates, walls that rise above continuous forests. Notable are also Křinice Kamenice and gorges.
Czech Switzerland is the best preserved part Děčín Highlands. Accommodation in the Czech Switzerland ...
The bridge near the Dolsky mill over the Kamenice river was built in 1910 and it was the first steel ...
View from inside a small overhang behind the icefall called Pipe Organ in National Park České Švýcars...
View of the icefall called Big Column in National Park České Švýcarsko. This area is quite well known...
View from behind the icefall called Big Column in National Park České Švýcarsko. Icefalls like this o...
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