International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987


Ceske Svycarsko (Czech Switzerland) National Park (Summer Only)

Location: Czech Republic


In the north-western extreme of the Czech Republic, nestled against the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and adjacent to a similarly named region of Saxony, Germany, lies a government-protected wilderness that has for centuries been a natural playground for the romantic imagination. The area is known informally in English as "Czech Switzerland." The reference to Switzerland is owing not the high altitudes we associate with Zermatt and Matterhorn, but rather to the sublimely inspiring landscapes of craggy hills and dramatic rock formations that have reminded some Europeans of much-loved features of the Alps.

For millennia this region was so remote as to be apparently untouched by human activity, but ISA Prague students are among those who'll be pleased by its recent rediscovery as a travel destination and ready-made movie set. This region is especially attractive for lovers of hiking. Dozens of trails lead through this sublime countryside of rocky towns, mesas, passes, deep gorges and hillsides. Fossils of former sea animals are abundant here and not difficult to come across. Although it's the lowest place in the Czech Republic, visitors will, as the Alps reference suggests, feel as though they are on high mountain passes. The most visited place in Czech Switzerland, one made famous by having appeared prominently in movie sets is Pravčická brána (brána is Czech for gate).It is not literally a gate, but is the largest and the most unique sandstone bridge in Europe, popularly photographed from boats sailing through the passes of Kamenice River.

Available in the following sessions