From the square in Krásná Lípa head first along the green route to the station, then join the blue route, which will take you to the Dymník brick lookout tower above Rumburk. From Dymník follow the yellow route to Vlčí Hora. On the way you pass in front of the Skřivánčí pole crossroads, where a small village used to stand until 1945, now commemorated by just a small stone plinth, which was restored in 2011 by České Švýcarsko o.p.s. Go through the village of Zahrady, which contains a unique technical monument – a geological map. Continue on following the yellow route up to the lookout tower on the top of Vlčí hora. If you use a compass, it might be out by a much as 40 degrees, as the local basalt contains large amounts of lodestone.
Keeping on the red route, go down under Vlčí hora, to the village of the same name at the foot of the hill. Go through Vlčí Hora, a village full of picturesque little timbered houses, and the red signs will take you across the meadow to the village of Sněžná. Go past the little chapel and in places where the red route turns left off the highway you can continue straight on along the road; after around 100 m a wooden signpost will show the way to Mr. Fritsch’s beautiful arboretum. It is particularly worth a visit at the turn of spring and summer, with dozens of brightly-coloured rhododendrons in bloom. Afterwards, go back and rejoin the red route and after a while you’ll come through an oak wood to the ruined castle of Krásný Buk. From there, the red route will take you back to the square in Krásná Lípa.
Raschauer – the invisible bandit from Vlčí Hora
To the south of the village of Vlčí Hora, near the former gamekeeper’s lodge, at the beginning of the 18th century there used to be a cottage inhabited by a notorious thief and fire raiser, an ex-military veteran named Jakob Raschauer, and his wife. He eluded capture for a long time, and his skill at escaping was the origin of a legend about a magical red waistcoat, which he used to put on to become invisible. It was until after his final crime, the ruthless murder of an old shopkeeper, that he was eventually caught just outside his cottage, and was hanged in Lipová in 1740. The former district court and prison used to be in Lipová, and that was the last execution held there.
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.
- On foot
- Medium difficulty
- With attractions
- Routes with a story
- With a story from the past
- In search of viewpoints