The Czech natural landscape boasts several European “bests”. One of them lies in the heart of the fabulous Bohemian Switzerland. Its symbol, the Pravčice Sandstone Gate, is the biggest natural rock arch in Europe. Its monumental height and the mass of this rock formation will totally amaze you – the dimensions of this rock arch are truly impressive.
When you stand directly under the Pravčice Sandstone Gate it will seem even larger. This rock arch has a span of 27 metres and rises up to a height of 21 metres. At its narrowest point, however, it is relatively thin, therefore its top is inaccessible. Beautiful views of this unique natural formation, however, can be enjoyed from several nearby look-out points. Directly below the Pravčice Sandstone Gate you can relax at the romantic chateau called Sokolí hnízdo (meaning Falcon’s Nest).
A place full of inspiration
Bohemian Switzerland offers much more than just the Pravčice Sandstone Gate. Lace up some good hiking shoes and set off along the marked trails to explore more of its beauty. Do not miss the romantic Hřenské soutěsky (Hřensko gorges) or Gabrielina stezka (Gabriela’s Trail), which leads past bizarre sandstone rock formations. The fact that the Pravčice Sandstone Gate has a fairytale atmosphere is evidenced by the fact that the famous Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen wrote part of “The Snow Queen” here. The Pravčice Sandstone Gate has also enchanted Hollywood filmmakers, who shot several scenes from the Chronicles of Narnia here.