A Bohemian paradise
Between Dĕčín and the town of Turnov, in the middle of Bohemian paradise, we have to cover a distance of almost a hundred kilometres. When we get near the considerable town of Liberec, the landscape starts to become mountainous. Via the E442, road number 35, we drive through the town of Turnov to Rustic Camp in Knĕžnice, where motorhomes are welcome. Ceský ráj is a seven hundred square kilometre national park, where bizarre rock towns stick out from the surrounding forests, turning the nature reserve into a paradise on earth.
The most famous rock formations are Prachovské skály (Prachov’s rock) northwest of the town of Jičin and Hrubá skála (rough rock), not far from Turnov. The entire area is littered with bicycle routes. It takes some effort to find our first goal, Prachov’s rock, but we manage! This rock town is hiding about eight kilometres from the campsite. It is located near the village of Holin, among the forests. It harbours various walking routes. The 3,5-kilometre green route is the most impressive. It includes a course along rock towers, sometimes fifty meters high, through extremely narrow gaps, gorges and abysses. A fascinating experience of about three hours of climbing and descending. Names like Americká sluj (the American cave), Prachovská capká (Prachov’s cap) and Pracovská jehlá (Prachov’s needle) speak to the imagination. The rock town of Hrubá skála is made up of hundreds of towers and sports hiking trails of various difficulty levels. One of the routes leads to the Valdštejn castle ruins.