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Adršpach Rock Town in Czech Republic

It is truly extraordinary what our dear Mother Nature can create. Now, don’t be put off by its name – Adršpach  (I’m getting used to tongue twisters in this part of the world).

Adršpach is situated near the Polish border and about 170km northeast from Prague.

The Rock Town is made naturally of huge rock formations that take the shape of columns, pillars, walls and labyrinths. I was told that it very much resembles the famous Capadoccia region in Turkey.


The Rock Town was unknown in the world for centuries. Local settlers would only venture around if they felt endangered in their villages as they could shelter in the narrow gorges and caves of the Rock Town.


Quite a few famous figures of the 18th century visited the place, for instance: Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Prussian Queen Louise, the Polish King Friedrich August, the Emperor Joseph II and many others.


Only after the great fire in 1824 the rocks began to emerge from the dense fir forests that once had grown there.


In the 19th century, Adršpach Rock Town became more accessible when the paths and trails were constructed. This is when the first tourists and hikers from the neighboring Silesia appeared.


The trail, in the shape of a big loop marked with green signs, is 3.5km long and it takes you to the most important and interesting points in the rock labyrinth although you can notice the first rock formations even before entering the park area.


This is the Metuje River which has a beautiful, warm orange color. There are two waterfalls: the Big Waterfall and the Small Waterfall.


There are hundreds or perhaps thousands of strange rock formations and some of them, especially those that resemble something have unique names; Thunder Boulder, the Lovers, the Mayor, the Mayor’s wife, Sugar Cone…But you are of course free to use your own imagination and give your own name to the numerous rocks, towers and spires.


There are many stairs and narrow passages along the way.


This is not a natural lake but a former sandpit that has been filled with water. However, it still looks beautiful. Don’t you think?



      • Agree 🙂 And for example – I am Czech -and I do not like how the Old City center is primary made for tourist (it is the case of every bigger city where tourists go of course) but I do not like that a lot of shops on this way are not connected to Czech Culture 😀 (Shops with souvenirs have nothing in common with it). But I agree that a lot beauty you can find not in the capital but in nature, other smaller cities etc 🙂 PS very nice blog I can not wait to read it all 🙂

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      • I totally agree with you. We visited Prague a few years ago and we really liked it, but it’s true what you say – it’s super touristy.We are planning to spend some time in your beautiful country and I’ll definitely contact you for some good tips. Best to you and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Hello!

    I was wondering how accessible the whole route is? I’ve seen some seriously dramatic ladders scaling the sandstone formations, which I am absolutely not about! haha, so was wondering whether this is necessary to complete the trail? Or whether it is an optional viewing point?

    I don’t mind stairs, as long as they have bannisters too! haha.


    • HI there! Thanks for stopping by. There are a lot of stairs so you may want to keep that in mind but other than that, I didn’t find it particularly difficult. It’s quite a popular place though, so I’d try to go there on a weekday. And let me know how it goes. Best, Nataly


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