Decin Travel Guide

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Decin Things to Do

  • Zamek Decin - the castle of Decin

    Zamek Decin - the castle of DecinHigh above the town of Decin / Tetschen the castle was built on top of a massive rock in 1790 by count Thun-Hohenstein. One of the best attractions of the castle is the rosary, built on a rather narrow, but long rock, decorated with plenty of sandstone-sculptures. Decin / Tetschen has about 55000 inhabitans now and...

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  • Decin castle - the loggia of the rosary

    At the south-end of the rosary you will see this stairs going up to a loggia with a better view into the landscape.Obviously it was also used for festivities or simply a cosy place to relax and great sandstone-sculptures add a lot to the atmosphere. When you have been in Salzburg already and had visited the Residenz and Hellbrunn palace there, you...

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  • the ballroom of the castle

    In Decin castle there is a small hall at the entrance to the rosary. This hall is totally empty, but all the walls and the ceiling are covered by great frescos, reminding me a lot of baroque frescos in Italy.- what a great place to dance and what a lovely place to have a ball, with a great view of the rosary and the surrounding mountains and all of...

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  • The rosary of Decin castle

    One of the best attractions of the castle is the rosary, built on a rather narrow, but long rock, decorated with plenty of sandstone-sculptures.There is a small hall at the entrance to the rosary. It is totally empty, but all the walls and the ceiling are covered by great frescos, reminding me a lot of baroque frescos in Italy and also of Hellbrunn...

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  • The Church of the Cross

    The Church of the CrossThis is the Church of the Cross, that was built between 1687 and 1691 in baroque style and you will find it at the end of the castlewalls and there is also a connecting door, so the noble family could walk to the church without the need to walk through town and they also had their own balcony inside the church. You will find...

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  • Castle garden - southern terraces

    In the recent years the garden on the southern side of the castle hill was reconstructed. When I visited in September 2014 the works were almost completed. Entrance is possible from three sides: From the path between the chain bridge and tunnel, from the Long Walk up to the castle or from the former Granary, now a student apartment building.A first...

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  • Rosarium with Gloriette and Sala Terrena

    Part of the castle complex is the rosarium, designed in the 17th century. It is not overly large but very beautiful - right by the entrance is the Sala terrena with stunning frescos created by Guiseppe Bragaglia - reminded me of the one in Valdstejn garden in Prague. On the opposite end of the rosarium is the gloriette with sculptures by local...

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  • Castle

    Decin's castle sits on a rock on the right bank of the Elbe/Labe river. It can look back on a history of about 1000 years - the present buildings, however, are results of the thorough construction works in the late 17th and then again late 18th centuries when the castle was owned by the Thun family. There are still some Renaissance structures...

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  • Tiské stěny / Tyssa Walls

    Only a few km west of Decin, in so called Bohemian-Saxon Switzerland, are these bizarre sandstone formations located. You walk up about five minutes from the village Tisa (path begins right by the parish church) and pay an entrance fee of 30 CZK (1.50 Euro, in 2014). These sandstone formations/rocks are about 20-40 m high above the ground, I would...

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  • Benesov nad Ploucnici

    Only a short train ride from Decin main train station (hourly trains, they take about 15 minutes) is the small town Benesov nad Ploucnici (in German: Bensen am Polzen). Don't let the first impression with shabby townhouses and abandoned former plants scare you away: The town's small centre with market square, town hall, castle complex and churches...

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  • Castle gardens

    There is actually not *that* much left of the castle gardens. But it's still enough to spend some time there once you're in the area. First of all don't miss the rosarium - see separate tip. The other gardens are free, though.Another small door on the left (southern) side of the Long Drive takes you to a small garden that is designed somewhat like...

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  • Kostel sv. Frantiska z Assisi

    The catholic parish church in Decin-Podmokly is dedicated to the Saint Francis of Assisi. It was built 1856 - 61 in Neo-Romanesque style. It has only one nave, arcades on the long sides that open to alcoves remind of side naves, some of the alcoves are turned into chapels with altars or have sculptures. The original main altar, a Neo-Gothic...

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  • Synagogue

    Right on the street that leads up to the Zoo and Pastyrska stena is the Synagogue. It was built 1906-07 in pseudo-oriental style with obvious elements of Czech Art Nouveau (Secession). It is the only Synagogue in the Czech Sudeten region (where until 1945 a German majority lived) which survived WWII.Since 1996 the Jewish community is again owner of...

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  • Zoo

    The Zoo in Decin was founded 1949. It is one of the smaller zoos, but a very beautiful one, located in a forest on the plateau high above the left bank of the Elbe/Labe river (Decin-Podmokly).You can see 330 animals of 115 species. The kids will probably enjoy the bigger animals the most: Grizzlies, cute deer, goats ... but the smaller ones are...

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  • Pastýřská stěna

    This is the name of a sandstone rock that towers up on the left bank over the Elbe/Labe river. As far as I know (from the German name "Schäferwand") it means "shepherd's wall". The views from there are absolutely gorgeous - see the pictures! The elevation difference to the river level is about 150 m - nothing for people with fear of heights...

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Decin Restaurants

  • a restaurant with a view

    Pastyrska stena Pastyrska stena is the name of this rock that you will find opposite of the town and the Decin castle. You can drive up there or take quite a steep walk in order to enjoy the great view of Decin from up there. And there is a great restaurant there as well, read more about it in my link below ! The webpage is in czech language only,...

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  • that had " stranded in town"

    A boat-restaurant " stranded in town"Take a closer look at this very special restaurant : It looks like a boat and you may sit in the terrace that looks like the stern of a ship.I had my motorhome parked just below that boat and had spent the night there and so for breakfast I had just a few steps. Prices are quite low still and most of the waiters...

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  • Cafe Galerie

    This place is located on a very busy crosscroad in Decin (right bank), less than a five minutes walk from the main square on this side of the river. It is a coffee/wine bar with modern interior, nice, artsy and stylish, with very friendly, quick and competent staff. We communicated in a mix of English, Italian, German and Czech, which was fun. We...

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Decin Transportation

  • River-Cruises from and to Decin

    Going to Decin is certainly great by a cruise on the river Labe (in Germany that same river is called Elbe). Only smaller ships are able to go there from Prague or from Dresden and they also dont go very often, as Decin does not yet get lots of tourists. Their webpage below is just in czech and german unfortunately but it might be of some help for...

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  • Cruises on the river

    Another option to get to Decin - but also to explore the regions upstream and downstream the Elbe/Labe river - is by boat. They run downstream between Decin and Hrensko, a few even to Bad Schandau (Germany). Other boats go up the river to Usti n. L. and beyond to Melnik e.g.Be forewarned that service is infrequent and most boats only run in summer....

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  • Ride your Bicycle!

    In spring 2011 I planned on visiting Decin and thought "Why not cycling?" It is just 21 km from Bad Schandau to Decin, a well maintained, flat cycling trail along the river. And the scenery is gorgeous! This trail is a section of the very popular "Elbe cycling trail" which leads from the Krkonose mountains along the river to Hamburg.Trains also run...

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Decin Local Customs

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    The Elbe/Labe river has always played a major role in the lives of the people of Decin. The river provided jobs but from time to time it created dangerous situations - floods kept hitting the city again and again over the centuries. I remember the latest two floods in 2002 and 2006 pretty well. The earlier one in particular was devastating.

    There is a water mark at the foot of the castle rock, close to the tunnel and pedestrian chain bridge, which is the oldest preserved hydrographic site in Central Europe. Don't let the marking dated 1432 confuse you - it's a later fake. The oldest authentic marking is from the 16th century.

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Decin Warnings and Dangers

  • C. SVYCARSKO TURIST INFO

    C. SVYCARSKO TURIST INFO offers accomodation reservation services in hotels in Czech Saxony throughthe web www.ceskosaskesvycarsko.cz . They ask you to send a fax with your credit card data. Then they are supposed to send you a hotel voucher by email.I send that fax on the 16/06/2008, booking a room for the 24/06. On the 23th I was still waiting...

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  • Foreigners beware!

    I lived in Decin for several months in 1998. I would not advise staying there for more than a day. The old town is well worth a visit but the rest of decin(and its sister town Podmokly) is dismal. The town is close to the German and so attracts a large number of rather unsavoury tourists, mostly looking for prostitutes(of which there are many). I...

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Decin Off The Beaten Path

  • Hrensko & Pravcicka Brana is just 10km...

    Hrensko / Hernskretschen is a small village directely on the border between Czechia and Germany, 10 Km north of the town DECIN and about 20 Km south-east of Dresden / GermanyIn the surroundigs of Hrensko you will find some really great wonders of nature : Pravcicka Brana / Prebischtor .You will need about 1,5 hours to walk a distance of 4 Km from...

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  • Usti nad Labem - just a few km from...

    Usti nad Labem - just a few km from DecinUsti nad Labem / Aussig is an important town with 98000 inhabitants in the north of the Czech Republik. The main train-line betweeen Prague and Dresden will go through Usti nad Labem, beautifully situated at the river Elbe , called Labe in Czechia.Usti nad Labem is the most important port on the river Elbe,...

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  • trainmuseum in Zubrnice

    they have a nice museum of trains in Zubrnice in the old trainstation. It is not open all year, but between may and september only. It was a nice excursion for me from Decin, where I stayed in a small private Bed&Breakfasthotel.

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Decin Sports & Outdoors

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    by german_eagle Written Sep 25, 2014

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    Do you know a city that offers climbing right in the centre? Decin has a Via Ferrata! It is located on Pastyrska stena, the steep rock right by the Labe/Elbe river in the centre of town (pic 5). It is free to use.

    After a rather short part at the begin, with a steel rope and stone steps, you cross over to the start of the several routes - five all in all, of different level. I watched some climbers from the opposite side of the river, they were obviously experienced and made the climb of the middle part in about 15 minutes. Then they crossed in western direction and had another, rather challenging part left until the upper end of the Via Ferrata.

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  • Bridges

    Decin has a lot of bridges as it is typical for a city on a major river. Several bridges span the Elbe/Labe river but the oldest bridges span the small rivers that flow into the Elbe/Labe. The Old Town bridge (see Things To Do tip) spans the Ploucnice (Polzen) river on the right bank and was built in 1574. Even some years older is the bridge from...

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  • Art Nouveau/Art Deco architecture

    Decin has many buildings in Art Nouveau and Art Deco style. Especially Podmokly (Bodenbach), the district on the left bank of the Elbe/Labe river, has numerous buildings of those styles with very beautiful details. The pictures show examples from Podmokly - you can see some from right bank Decin in a travelogue.In 1851 Bodenbach - as was its name...

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  • Other nice view to rocks in...

    Other nice view to rocks in this placeThis is an area of rock formations. Between city Usti nad Labem, Decin and German border. It is known as Labe Sandstones (Labske piskovce) or Bohemian-Saxon Switzerland and is it a Protected landscape.

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