With the scenic Elbe River snaking through its core and picturesque sandstone formations throughout, Northern Bohemia has a distinct style and look. Its peaks and valleys, rolling hills and gentle rivers make it a haven for climbers and hikers.
The Krkonose Mountains are the highest in the Czech Republic and are perfect for winter sports such as downhill skiing and ski jumping, while other nearby ranges favor cross-country skiing. In the summer, the Krkonose and Krusne Hory ranges translate seamlessly to hiking, biking and climbing among the woods and creeks. The wary visitor may even happen on a remote castle or ruins. Meanwhile, the Czech Switzerland National Park lies between Prague and Dresden, Germany. Caves, canyons and other appealing rock creations create a nirvana for the adventure traveler. The largest natural sandstone bridge in Europe, Pravcice Gate, is also part of this park.
German-influenced architecture is evident throughout Northern Bohemia. Liberec, the sixth-largest city in the Czech Republic, is nestled among the Jizera and Luzicke Mountains. Liberec's commerce and history within the region make it the nerve center of Northern Bohemia, and its streets, plazas, buildings and churches offer German flourishes and a signature beauty.
The most popular attractions of the region are the Church of the Visitation in lovely Hejnice; Bezdez Castle, which also boasts a chapel and amazing views of the countryside below from the tower that rises 35 meters above the ground; and the large, manmade lake Macha.
Flora and fauna meet mighty sandstone mountains and architecture in Northern Bohemia, where travelers can get a taste of the old world mixed with the pleasures of the modern one.
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