Since I come from a Czech region with a relatively flat landscape, I have always been fascinated by the peculiar rocky formations towering over the landscapes of Bohemian Switzerland. I guide groups through the well-known trails connecting the romantic gorges and the incredible Pravčická Gate – a majestic rock bridge considered to be the real jewel of this area. The walks involve a boat trip under the guidance of an experienced ferryman who will complement the journey with a funny explanation. If the schedule permits, I enjoy discovering new places, such as the quaint villages of Jetřichovice or Rynartice, full of charming half-timbered houses.

When in this area, I make sure to never miss the Königstein Fortress and the impressive Bastai Bridge on the Saxon side, which rises above the Elbe River, offering wonderful views of the countryside. Since I enjoy architecture just as much as nature, I always include a visit to the former merchant town of Pirna and a quick visit to the ‘Seven Brothers’ — a row of half-timbered houses near the spa town of Bad Schandau.

I also give guided tours in the capital of the Free State of Saxony, Dresden, and in nearby Meissen, where Europe’s oldest porcelain comes from. A visit to the porcelain manufactory is definitely worth it! It is perfectly organised and some of the porcelain products are truly unique. The historical centre of Meissen has a pleasant atmosphere and the tour can be followed by a visit to Moritzburg Castle, the location of the film Cinderella, one of the most popular Czech TV fairy-tales.

Published: 30. 1. 2020