By historical train and bike through the glass-makers’ region

  • By bike
  • Medium difficulty

Start this trip by taking the historical train from Česká Kamenice to Kamenický Šenov (you can take bikes on the train). The train runs every Saturday and Sunday from June to September. In Kamenický Šenov, a town famous for its glassmaking, head from the station to the main road and up the hill to the square (there, you can visit the Glassmaking Museum), and then continue up through the village to the famous Panská Rock, where the film Pyšná princezna (The Proud Princess) was shot.

Go through the village of Prácheň and on down the little road along Polevský hřeben ridge – from there you will see some great views of the Lusatian Mountains and Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland.

Then ride down into Polevsko and through the forest, after which you pass through the picturesque little village of Kytlice. After the railway line you come to the valley of the Kamenice River. Ride down the gentle slope through the valley past the lovely little cottages and through the village of Mlýny. During the holidays the Woodland Theatre here puts on performances, so you can combine your trip with a bit of culture. Ride past the natural monument of Pustý zámek (Abandoned Chateau, basalt columns) and on into Horní Kamenice, from where you can head back to Česká Kamenice.

Glassmaking local train
 

The Kamenický motoráček is a historical train that runs along 5 km of museum track - “the Glassmaking local train” from Česká Kamenice to Kamenický Šenov and back every Saturday and Sunday from June to September. The train that runs along this track is a historical M 131.1302, nicknamed “Hurvínek”.

For a time, however, it seemed that no train would ever run along this picturesque little route on the border of Bohemian Switzerland and the Lusatian Mountains.

Trains did run here from 1886, but in 1992 the routes were closed as they were “unprofitable”.

It was not until 2008 that the local train came back into service, when the line was bought by the Rail Travellers’ Club, with the aim of getting the train running along this line again as a museum railway. In 2009 - 2010 the track underwent extensive refurbishment; the station building was also repaired. And so, in summer 2011, historical trains started running along this track once again. The train ride is an experience in itself, although you can also combine your trip with a visit to Panská Rock or the Glassmaking Museum in Kamenický Šenov.


The project Tourism without Borders is implemented through the Objective 3 Programme to promote cross-border cooperation between Czech Republic and the Free State of Saxony 2007 - 2013 period.

 

Category Route: 

  • By bike

Difficulty: 

  • Medium difficulty

Higest Altitude: 

600 m. n. m.

Lowest Altitude: 

300 m. n. m.

Elevation Gain: 

485 m

Path length: 

25 km

Time requirements: 

3 h

Typ trasy: 

  • Routes with a story

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