Through the labyrinth of Tiské stěny to Děčínský Sněžník

  • On foot
  • Medium difficulty

Start this hike along the rocky ridges above Děčín in the village of Tisá, which you can get to by bus. Go up from the church in Tisá keeping on the red route under the cliffs walls (you need to pay the admission fee at the ticket office there). Walk the 1 km through the western circuit around Malé Tiské stěny, which are full of holes, caves, rock windows and passageways. After returning to the ticket office, continue to the eastern part of the rocks and stay on the red route all the way along the ridge of Velké Tiské stěny. Go past the most famous rock formations, Hřib (Cep) and Žába (Frog) to the Tourist Chalet, where you can get something to eat and drink.

From there, continue along the red route to the next rock town – you’ll come to the village of Ostrov, which lies in a beautiful spot in a basin surrounded by a wall of rocks. Refreshments are also available there. Continue on and climb up through Ostrovské skály (Island Rocks) and keep to the red route as you walk along the top plateau as far as the village of Sněžník. From there, the last part is somewhat more difficult, with a climb up to the plateau of Děčínský Sněžník with its stone lookout tower, which was built in 1864 and provides wonderfully unique view. Děčínský Sněžník is the only table mountain in Bohemia and is also the highest peak in the whole of the Labské pískovce area. Follow the green route back into the village of Sněžník and down into Jílová, from where you can get back to Děčín either by bus or by train, along the renovated Kozí dráha (Goat Track), which only runs during the holidays.
 

Tiské stěny – a perfect rock town

This unique rock town above the village of Tisá is part of the Labské pískovce Protected Landscape Area. What was originally a single sandstone massif was gradually eroded into some bizarre formations, creating a labyrinth of rock towers, overhangs, rock windows, gates, rock mushrooms and honeycombed needles. The whole area, fractured by a system of perpendicular cracks, creates a dense network of narrow gorges and ravines with wider open areas, reminiscent of the scenery of a small town with its streets and little squares.

This rock maze used to be wreathed in a number of mysterious myths and legends and the locals used to be afraid to come here – they believed that these picturesque rocks were the work of the Devil. It was not until the end of the 18th century that this region began to attract travellers (poets, painters, nobles, and scholars, first of all). The tourism brought great changes to the lives of the local inhabitants – they began to build restaurants, hiking trails, stalls and stands, or hired themselves out as guides, as before 1918 it was prohibited to enter this almost impassable and confusing terrain without the assistance of a local guide. As tourism here began to boom, the individual rocks were given some apt names –Doktor (Doctor), Starosta (Mayor), Mumie (Mummy), Želva (Turtle), Sťatý major, and many others.

Tiské stěny is now a paradise for tourists and climbers. The first sporting climbs up to the peaks of the rocks took place back at the beginning of the 20th century. Since then, various climbing routes have been established, covering all difficulty levels. Each individual climbing peak in the rock town has its own name.

It’s no wonder that Tiské stěny also attracts film-makers - The hit film Chronicles of Narnia was shot here, for example.


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

 

Category Route: 

  • On foot

Difficulty: 

  • Medium difficulty

Higest Altitude: 

716 m. n. m.

Lowest Altitude: 

260 m. n. m.

Elevation Gain: 

391 m

Path length: 

14.6 km

Time requirements: 

3 - 4 h

Typ trasy: 

  • With attractions
  • Routes with a story
  • Taking the bus and train
  • In search of viewpoints

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