Hrensko Things to Do

  • Kamenice river @ Hrensko
    Kamenice river @ Hrensko
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  • Kamenice river @ Hrensko
    Kamenice river @ Hrensko
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  • Hrensko Info centre
    Hrensko Info centre
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    CHURCH OF ST. JOHN OF NEPOMUK

    by balhannah Updated Dec 25, 2013

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    After passing through the markets, I came out in a square where the Church of St. John of Nepomuk was standing. Out the front stood the statue of St. John. The Church was built between 1786-87 in late Baroque style with a wooden bell tower, on the orders of Emperor Joseph II who stopped here in 1779 while taking a trip to Decín. It was painted pink and looked in need of another paint job.
    I was able to see the interior and the main Altar with a Baroque painting of St. John of Nepomuk.
    This was all that was worth seeing. The inside was quite bare and really in need of some restoration work.

    Church of St. John of Nepomuk Main Altar of St. John of Nepomuk
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    TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Written Dec 24, 2013

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    As usual, the Tourist Information centre is a good place to start with first.
    The centre at Hrensko is in a lovely old building at the entrance way to Hrensko village itself.

    They do have a free guidebook containing information about the most interesting places in the region and important contact information.

    THE CENTRE IS OPEN April - October: Monday - Friday 9 - 6PM
    November - March: Monday - Friday 9 - 4PM

    Hrensko Info centre
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    KAMENICE RIVER

    by balhannah Updated Dec 24, 2013

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    I saw the channel in Hrensko and thought it was just that, I didn't realize it was actually the Kamenice River which starts near Decin in the Lusatian Mountains and then flows through the national park of Bohemian Switzerland and into the River Elbe at Hrensko.

    Don't be fooled by it here in the village where it isn't much, for further along the river it is lined with sandstone cliffs, leading you to the upper rowing boat jetty in Divoká Gorge. From there, you need to take a 600m long boat trip through Divoká Gorge via several manmade tunnels and rocky parts to Edmund Gorge with its artificial waterfall. From the disembarkation point it’s just a 1.5 km walk back to Hrensko.

    These gorges are only accessible by rowing boat.

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    Soutesky / Canyons

    by german_eagle Written Aug 30, 2012

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    The other top sight/thing to do in the area is a visit of the (relatively small) canyons of the Kamenice river, the lower one called "Ticha Souteska" or "Edmundova Souteska" ("Calm" or "Edmund's" canyon) and the upper one is called "Divoka Souteska" ("Wild" canyon) - for whatever reason, it's less impressive and not wild at all from my experience.

    To experience the canyon(s) you must do a walk/hike, see my Sports Tip, which involves a boat ride in each of the canyons. The fee for the Ticha Souteska is CZK 80, roughly 3 Euro, for the Divoka Souteska it is CZK 60. Length of the first boat ride is about 1 km, the other is only a half km long. Operation hours in summer season only, from 9 am to 5.30 pm.

    The coxswain will tell you about the history and technical details of the canyons/boat rides and legends involving the bizarre sandstone formations. Unfortunately it's all in Czech, a few of the guys also speak some German, but don't expect them to speak English, sorry. Half way through the Ticha Souteska the guy will stop the boat and pull a rope - and, oh wonder, there's a waterfall (pic 3)!

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    Pravcicka Brana

    by german_eagle Written Aug 29, 2012

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    The top sight in the region is the famous sandstone arch "Pravcicka Brana" or "Prebischtor" in German (Remember, the region had a majority of Germans until the end of WWII.) It is *the* landmark of the National Park Bohemian Switzerland. The only way to get there and see the sandstone arch is to hike. For information on the hike please see my respective Sports Tip.

    You can see the arch from the last serpentine of the hike up, but to get a closer look and especially for access to the viewing points around the arch you must pay the entrance fee of 75 CZK/3 Euro for adults and 25 CZK/1 Euro for students and kids. Quite a rip-off!

    The opening of the arch is 26.5 m wide and 16 m tall - the largest natural bridge of stone in Central Europe. It was formed by erosion over thousands of years. According to scientists it consists of two sandstone massifs, if you have a closer look you recognise the rift between them. Otherwise the arch would not have survived that long - the differences in temperature would have made it burst. But the two massifs can shift slightly, independently.

    The (German) name was given around the year 1800. In 1840/41 a first snack place was built, the present restaurant (former hotel) Sokoli hnizdo (hawk's aerie) in Swiss-Alpine style was built 1881. It is unfortunately very run down and in urgent need of renovation.

    Until 1982 people could actually walk on top of the arch - it had to be closed due to damages by erosion. Still, you can climb (stone/iron stairs) the opposite sandstone massif and enjoy gorgeous views of the arch and the other nearby bizarre sandstone massifs as well as the mountains in the distance.

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