BIKING AND SKATING

Did you know? The Elbe cycle route is the most traveled bike trail in the country. It runs the whole length of the river, from its headwaters all the way to the North Sea. The section in the Czech Republic measures 370 km. One of the most beautiful stretches on the trail is the Elbe canyon north of Decin. The massive sandstone bluffs lining the Elbe River corridor make a magnificent backdrop. The trail runs right through the heart of Decin, so there are plenty of cafés along the way. As you peddle along, you can watch the climbers on the via ferrata and take in the boats plying the river. Decin Castle is a perfect place for a stop. Located directly above the bike trail it is one of the region's major landmarks. As the trail nears the German border, it enters Bohemian Switzerland National Park, where it is definitely worth taking a break for a side trip up to Pravcicka brana, the largest natural sandstone bridge on the continent. More information...

VIA FERRATA

Did you know? Decin is the first Bohemian city with a via ferrata in the heart of town. There are several anchored climbing trails with steel cables and footholds on the cliff face. They climb 90 meters and range from 150 to 170 meters in length. More information...

THE STONE BRIDGE

Did you know? The historic stone bridge spanning the Ploucnice not far from Decin Castle was built in 1564-1569 after a flood washed away the original structure in 1561. The sandstone bridge has four arches and is built in the late Gothic style with crenellated sides. It is 84 meters long, 4.8 meters wide, and rises 7.7 meters above the river. The sculptural grouping portraying St. John of Nepomuk, St. Vitus, and St. Wenceslas, with reliefs showing their deaths as martyrs, was done by M. J. Brokof in 1714. The structure is a protected landmark accessible only for pedestrians and cyclists. More information...