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Hiking with dogs in Bohemian Switzerland Nationalpark

Mystical sandstone rocks, deep lush forests and breathtaking scenery through a boatride in the gorges. Does that sound appealing to you? Read on! Because this is exactly, what we experienced when hiking in Bohemian Switzerland Nationalpark with our dogs.

Bohemian Switzerland Nationalpark

I often forget just how beautiful Europe is! We have beautiful nature and cute little towns with a lot of history. Yes it’s beautiful! We don’t have to cross the Atlantic Ocean to experience jaw-dropping scenery. We only had an eight hour drive from Denmark, before we reached Bohemian Switzerland Nationalpark. We didn’t do all the driving in one stretch, because it would be to long of a drive for both us and the dogs. We had one night in Germany, before we drove the last half of our trip.

Bohemian Switzerland Nationalpark is home to a forested landscape with soaring sandstone rocks peaking high above the crowns of the trees. The nationalpark is very young. It was declared back in 2000. It can be a bit confusing with the name ‘Switzerland’ because you might think the nationalpark is actually in Switzerland, until you pull out a map (or use google maps…) and locate it in Czech Republic. Bohemian Switzerland Nationalpark has been a destination for artist. The Swiss painters Adrian Zing and Anton Graff once compared the landscape with what you find in Switzerland. This is the reason for the name.
The nationalpark is only a one hour drive from Prague, which means you can easily combine your hiking trip with a city break.

Stunning views

Amigo is waiting for me to come back up – don’t worry, Bjarke was with him up there.

Before our arrival we had a stop in the German side of the nationalpark. This side is called Saxon Switzerland Nationalpark. The two parks borders making it easy to visit both. Here we saw the beautiful Bastei Bridge. We drove on and arrived at our hotel U Forta. We had rented a cabin there and would be living right next to the hiking trails and the forest.
The next morning we got up at 7 am, to get going before the sun would make it to hot for the dogs. We packed our backpack with enough water for us and the dogs, some snacks and treats. The trail was marked really well, making it easy for us to navigate in the forest. Our trail started just about 100 metres behind our cabin, so it could not be easier.

Marking of the trail

At first we hiked through the lush green forest, but soon the hilly terrain showed up and the dogs enjoyed finding the best path through tree roots and rocks. They did so well! They really surprised me, with how they tackled the obstacles and hilly terrain, as they are not used to it from Denmark. We had the trail almost all to ourselves and wondered, why this place wasn’t packed with tourists. I guess it was a good thing to start early in the day.

Amigo was so proud everytime he had climbed the big stairs

Beautiful views and impressive sandstone rocks

Pravčická brána (Pravčice Gate)

Our first stop on our hike was at the Pravčice Gate. This is the biggest natural sandstone arch in Europe. With its 27 meters wide and 15 meter height, it was an impressive sight. However we now knew, where all the tourist were. They were here! It wasn’t like crazy crowded with tourists, but since we had just walked the forest all by ourselves, we had to get used to share our experience with a lot of others. Yeah – I like to have nature all to myself. I’m selfish like that haha…
Pravčice Gate is one of the top tourist sights in Bohemian Switzerland Nationalpark. Even though it was an impressive sight, I think what I will remember most from this part of the hike, is the scenic views above the forest and walking side by side with the sandstone rocks. Maybe this area was just a bit too touristy for me.

Pravčická brána – the biggest sandstone arch in Europe

 

Hotel Sokolí hnízdo (Falcon’s nest) from 1871, right next to Pravčice Gate.

Hiking and a boatride through Edmund Gorge

After a break at Pravčice Gate we hiked to the city Hrensko. Here we caught up with the trail, that would lead us to Edmund Gorge. We had already hiked a few hours and the sun was burning high in the sky, making it quite hot. We chose to shorten the hike by only going through Edmund Gorge and saving Wild Gorge for another time.

Amigo – a real adventure dog

Becca posing to get the right shot

We hiked next to the Kamenice river, which had made the area really beautiful with a lush green colour reflecting in the water, making it a gorgeous scenery. Edmund Gorge became accesible for tourists back in 1890. Before that time it was not possible to explore the gorge, why it was called ‘End of the world’. We hiked until it was no longer possible to continue on foot. We got in one of the gondolas, which brings you 950 meters through the gorge. The sandstone walls rises from the water 50-150 meters making your neck hurt from looking up at them, while sitting in the gondola.
Dogs were welcome onboard. We got to sit with ours and that way, they didn’t need to wear a muzzle. We had a big dog in the gondola, which had to wear a muzzle.
Sailing through the gorge the guide controlling the gondola will tell stories about the place – only in german end czech though. My honest opinion about the boat ride is, that it’s beautiful, but when we visited the boat was full, making it thight to sit in the boat, hot because we couldn’t move and a bit hard to see and take photos. We visited i June just past midday, so maybe if you visit at a not so crowded time, the boat trip will be more pleasant. By the way – bring cash – they only accept cash.

Two tired adventure dogs after a 19 km hike

We ended up doing a 19 km hike. That was more than we had expected, as we had been told the hike would be around 15 km. And we had even shortened it. Our dogs are used to hikes, but this was in hilly terrain and harder, than they are used to. With a lot of breaks and a having a close eye on how they were feeling, we made it through the hike without injuries or the dogs getting unwell. Some places we chose to carry the dogs, if ground was to hot. That way we protected their paws.
Back at our cabin we sat on the terrace and enjoyed the late afternoon and the dogs got their baskets out and got a long sleep.

The hike was dog friendly and both big and small dogs will be able to walk it. I have to point out though, that your dog has to be in a good shape because of the many stairs and hilly terrain. It’s a beautiful hike and I would recommend it to everyone, who is considering visiting Czech Republic with their dog.

Have you ever been to Bohemian Switzerland? Or could you imagine going there with your dog?

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura
    26. juli 2017 at 15:30

    Sikke nogle flotte billeder! Jeg har faktisk ikke hørt om nationalparken før, men jeg får virkelig lyst til at opleve området nu. Naturen der ser jo alt for vild ud!

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      webreakaway
      30. juli 2017 at 17:59

      Tusind tak Laura 🙂 Det varmer altid med lidt ros 🙂
      Jeg tror også, at det er et lidt overset område for os danskere. Men det kan helt klart anbefales, hvis man er til natur og vandring.

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    Katrine
    27. juli 2017 at 18:11

    Wow, det ser da helt fantastisk ud! Nu drømmer jeg endnu mere om et roadtrip ned at besøge det område. Vi mangler bare lige en bil, men det er en mindre detalje 😉 Virkelig smukke billeder af både landskab og følgeskab 🙂

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      webreakaway
      30. juli 2017 at 17:57

      Det kan helt klart anbefales Katrine 🙂 Der er virkelig smukt og masser af vandremuligheder! Og tak for roserne til billederne 🙂

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    Line Wagener - Alleud.dk
    31. juli 2017 at 12:00

    Wauh – skønne billeder og dejlig beskrivelse.

    Jeg har vandret meget i Østrig, Schweiz, Italien og Slovenien. Men nu kan Tjekkiet måske blive mål for en kommende tur!

    Kløfter er noget af det mest fascinerende. Jeg var forbi en vanvittig smuk kløft i Sydtyskland i år (lige ved skihopbakken i Garmisch Partenkirchen) – kan bestemt også anbefales til en dagstur.
    Vh. Line

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      webreakaway
      31. juli 2017 at 18:41

      Tusind tak Line 🙂
      Det er godt nok også nogle skønne lande du har vandret i!
      Vil da lige prøve at google den kløft du nævner – det lyder spændende 🙂 Så er der måske allerede inspiration til næste tur med hundene.
      Mht. Tjekkiet så er det genialt, fordi det også er billigt – perfekt når man er på budget, som vi er i år 🙂 Og det ligger tæt på Prag, så man også lige kan smutte forbi den smukke by.

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    Mette / Mette & Martin Rejser
    1. august 2017 at 7:19

    Vi har det præcis som dig, vi glemmer ofte, hvor smuk Europa er. Og WAUW, jeg skal da lige love for, at Schweiz er en smuksak! Det både lyder og ligner en fortryllende tur, så nu er vandreferie i Switzerland fluks fløjet på ønskelisten 🙂 Kh Mette

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      webreakaway
      1. august 2017 at 17:46

      Det er utrolig smukt Mette – men det er faktisk i Tjekkiet 🙂 Nationalparken hedder bare (lidt misvisende) Bohemian Switzerland Nationalpark. Men Schweiz står også højt på min bucketlist 🙂

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    Heather Wallace
    9. august 2017 at 13:01

    Lovely introduction to your blog. Your photos are beautiful! My grandfather is from Bohemia (now Czech Republic) and I’ve always wanted to visit. It looks like a wonderful hike was had by all.

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      webreakaway
      9. august 2017 at 18:25

      Thanks Heather 🙂 If you ever get the chance you should go. There’s so many wonderful places to visit in Europe 🙂

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    Luna | Mother of Rescues
    9. august 2017 at 13:38

    Switzerland is so beautiful and these pictures are breathtaking! I only visited Switzerland once and I have very fond memories of it. I loved all the nature and the openminded people. Your dogs look so adorable on the hike and I am always surprised that small dogs can be such good hike buddies! <3

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      webreakaway
      9. august 2017 at 18:25

      Thanks for your comment Luna 🙂 Becca and Amigo LOVED the hike 🙂 They are the best hiking buddies 🙂

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    Kristen @ My 3 Little Kittens
    9. august 2017 at 15:11

    All these photos are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!! Pretty much a pup hiking trip of their dreams!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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    Lori Hilliard
    9. august 2017 at 16:48

    Thank you for the lovely photographs – they captured the beauty of the mountains and trees in the park. If I ever makc it to the Czech Republic, this will be one of my first stops! I look forward to seeing more photos of places to visit in Europe.

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      webreakaway
      9. august 2017 at 18:23

      Thanks a lot Lori! You should definately visit this nationalpark if you ever visit Czech Republic 🙂 I’m happy you are here – I will show a lot more photos and stories of the dogs exploring Europe.

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    Tenacious Little Terrier
    9. august 2017 at 16:51

    Stunning scenery. It reminds me a bit of the landscape we have here. That hotel must have a great view from the balcony!

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    Cathy Armato
    9. august 2017 at 18:04

    These photos are so spectacular! I had the pleasure of visiting Switzerland, sans dogs, when I was in college. It really is the most breathtaking place, photos can’t even capture the full beauty. I’ve always hoped to go back. This looks like such a beautiful trip, especially if it’s dog friendly! My girls would love hiking with us in a place like this.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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      webreakaway
      9. august 2017 at 18:20

      Thanks a lot Cathy. I know it says Switzerland but it’s actually a nationalpark in Czech Republic called Bohemian Switzerland. It really was a lovely hike and very beautiful to! I hope to visit Switzerland sometime as the photos I have seen from this place looks amazing!

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    The Dash Kitten Crew
    9. august 2017 at 19:34

    Wow, another place to visit on my dream list.

    What wonderful pictures and I love the pups, they look as though they enjoyed it (even if you did get worn out 😉 )

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      webreakaway
      10. august 2017 at 18:21

      Thanks 🙂 Yeah they were pretty tired! But ready for new adventures the next day 😀

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    Debbie
    9. august 2017 at 20:11

    What an amazingly beautiful place! Looks like such a great hike. I especially love that huge arch and the walkway along the water! I bet your dogs had a blast too!

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    Happy-Go-Doodle
    9. august 2017 at 20:28

    What a wonderful adventure with Amigo and Becca! Your photography is so stunning-it truly gives me a sense of the gentleness and beauty of your surroundings. And, knowing that Amigo and Becca got to be part of a gondola ride? That’s bliss. Pure bliss! Thank you for sharing.

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      webreakaway
      10. august 2017 at 18:23

      Thanks A lot 🙂 I love to photograph so your comment means a lot 🙂

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    Joely
    9. august 2017 at 21:17

    Oh goodness! What a glorious place! I would love to visit although I would never want to leave! Your dogs are GORGEOUS and the Hotel Sokolí hnízdo is stunning! Thank you so much for taking us on this virtual tour! Your photos are amazing!

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      webreakaway
      10. august 2017 at 18:24

      Haha we didn’t want to leave either – wish I was there right now! 🙂
      And thanks! <3

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    Kamira
    9. august 2017 at 21:27

    Amigo and Becca are so adorable.So serene and peaceful to have the trail almost all to yourselves. Your pictures are so beautiful. This hike almost looks like a scene from a fairly tale with the river and greenery. Thanks for taking us along this journey with you in Czech Republic.

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      webreakaway
      10. august 2017 at 18:25

      It was almost like from a fairytale because of the lush green colours! And bringing my dogs with me was the best decision ever – they loved it so much and I loved seeing them enjoy it 🙂

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    Jana Rade
    9. august 2017 at 22:14

    I’m glad you enjoyed it. It brings so many memories for me, being originally from Czech and actually having been to most of the places, including this one.

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      webreakaway
      10. august 2017 at 18:26

      Cool to hear from someone who has lived here 🙂 I hope I brought you down memory lane 🙂

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    Lola The Rescued Cat
    9. august 2017 at 23:13

    These are beautiful photos. I’ve never been to Switzerland so it was nice to get a peek at a beautiful park.

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    Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"
    10. august 2017 at 2:25

    Beautiful photos! And Amigo and Becca are so sweet and beautiful! This park looks ah-mazing! I’ve never been to the Czech Republic, but this park looks like someplace I’d love to go! I do not travel much, so I totally enjoy being an armchair traveler and experiencing such wonderful places as this! Thanks for taking on the fabulous tour!

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      webreakaway
      10. august 2017 at 18:27

      Haha when I’m not travelling I love to be an armchair traveller to! 🙂 And thanks a lot for your sweet comment.

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    Irene McHugh
    10. august 2017 at 3:19

    Your photos create an immersive experience! Love them. Your shot of Pravčická brana reminds me of several of the arches we have in the U.S. in Utah in Arches National Park, also a very touristy place. I’ve been once and realized it was used as the backdrop for the “young Indy” intro to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Gorgeous park, but crowded.

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      webreakaway
      10. august 2017 at 18:29

      We went to the U.S last year (without the dogs though). We actually visited Utah shortly but didn’t go to Arches N.P even though I’ve seen so many beautiful pictures from this place. But yes, I could imagine it’s packed with tourists.

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    Dolly the Doxie
    10. august 2017 at 13:44

    I loved reading about your hike! Europe is so interesting because the size of the countries makes it easy to go from one to the other. The forest is simply gorgeous and the dogs are great models. I’m friends with another blogger that writes all about hiking with dogs in the Pacific Northwest. She has 2 Dachshunds so it’s all about small dogs accomplishing big things like yours. If you’re interested you can find her blog at youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

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      webreakaway
      10. august 2017 at 18:30

      Hi Dolly! 🙂
      Thanks for your sweet comment. I acutally follow youdidwhatwithyourwiener on Instagram 🙂 She’s a great inspiration to get outdoors hiking! You have some lovely trails in the U.S! 🙂

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    Beth
    10. august 2017 at 14:28

    What a gorgeous hike! It looks like your dogs did really well with it too. When I was a child, we lived in Europe and I remember some of the landscapes were incredible. I never went to the Czech Republic area, but we saw a lot of the more western countries.

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      webreakaway
      10. august 2017 at 18:32

      Sounds exciting Beth! I can’t wait to visit some of the western contries with Becca and Amigo. Especially Portugal and the beaches! 🙂

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    Shayla
    11. august 2017 at 21:03

    That hotel looks amazing! In fact this whole adventure looks amazing, and so beautiful!

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    Rachel
    13. august 2017 at 16:51

    What a beautiful hike! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing dog-friendly trail!

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