From Vlčí Hora to Kyjov Castle

  • On foot
  • Medium difficulty

Take the Rumburk – Krásná Lípa – Mikulášovice tourist train No. 084 to Panský. This train only runs at weekends and on public holidays. Head off from the station following the yellow route up to Vlčí Hora; the lookout tower on the summit offers a beautiful panoramic view. There, join the Kögler Educational Trail though the Krásná Lípa Region, which is signposted, and walk down into the village of Vlčí Hora and continue past the viewing site in the meadow, from which there is a captivating view of the Lusatian Mountains. Then go down into the wood, walk past the Engl spring and continue along the educational trail through the wood until you get to Dixův mlýn in the village of Kyjov.

Follow the Křinice River down through Kyjov Valley. On the right-hand side you can enter a small cave known as Vinný sklep (Wine Cellar), which contains some interesting icicle formations during the winter months. Keep on the educational trail to the Pod Praporkem crossroads, then go out of the valley and head up to what is known as the Kyjov Rock Trail. The ascent up to Kyjov Castle is steep, up stone steps and iron ladders, and along the way you have to squeeze through some narrow rock crevices. Go past the Praporek rock viewpoint until you come to a large rocky plateau, where you can see the remains of the 13th-century Kyjov Castle. Instead of an actual castle, however, this was probably the fortified settlement of prospectors searching for gold and iron ore in the local area.

From Kyjov Castle go up the Úzké schody (Narrow Steps) to Kateřina Gorge and shortly afterwards the path will head steeply upwards to the Skalní bratři (Rock Brothers) viewpoint; after that, ascend up into the gorge and on to the next rock viewpoint, known as Kinský Viewpoint, from which there is a fine view down into the Kyjov Valley. Then, continue following the yellow route and go past the old Sudetenland cemetery and back to Kyjov. From there you can take the tourist bus back to Krásná Lípa, which runs every weekend and on holidays from April to October.

 

The legend of the bandit knights from Kyjov Castle
 

In ancient times Kyjov Castle was home to a group of bandit knights, who went out on expeditions to steal in neighbouring Lužice. For a long time the people of Lužice were unable to find their castle, as the outlaws rode horses whose shoes had been turned round to face the other way. So, the folk of Zittau sent out many wise men to try and find out where the bandits were based. In the end, one of these wise men came across the hide-out of the dreaded robbers. He bribed a servant girl from the castle to tell him the layout of the place, the size of the band that defended it, and the location of a secret passageway leading up into the castle. Soon a great army from Zittau arrived, conquered the castle and put the bandits to death. A few of them, however, managed to escape and they swore to seek terrible vengeance. They ambushed the treacherous servant and tied her to a log on a great saw, which they then started up – the servant girl was cut in half.
 


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: 

  • On foot

Difficulty: 

  • Medium difficulty

Higest Altitude: 

559 m. n. m.

Lowest Altitude: 

365 m. n. m.

Elevation Gain: 

335 m

Path length: 

9 km

Time requirements: 

3 - 4 h

Typ trasy: 

  • Trail of legends
  • Routes with a story
  • Taking the bus and train
  • In search of viewpoints

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