Start this circular route in Jetřichovice, following the yellow route through Haťový důl and walking up to the crossroads at Pod Suchým vrchem. Then turn right and continue along the blue route through the forest, then past Křížový vrch hill (with a view of Jetřichovice Rocks and Studenec), until you come to the village of Rynartice. Head right along the road, still following the blue route, but where the blue route turns left off the road, you should keep going along the road, which starts to go down steeply after a sharp bend. After 250 m, to the right of the road, you’ll see some steps up the slope. Climb up those steps to the colourful carvings of the dwarves on Trpasličí skála (Dwarf Rock).
Return following the same route and continue on along the blue route through the meadow and then through the wood up the steep ascent into Pavlínino údolí. There, join the red route and continue right downstream alongside the Chřibská Kamenice river. Walk through the wooded valley as far as the outdoor swimming pool, then turn right out of the valley and go past the chalets and the Hotel Bellevue back to Jetřichovice.
Dwarves without Snow White
Trpasličí skála (Dwarf Rock) rises up above the road from Rynartice to Jetřichovice. The figures of seven dwarves (elves) were carved into the rock here by two local artists and sculptors – Vater and his son, around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The father, Eduard Vater, began to carve out the trail in the rock and the dwarves in around 1870; the work was later completed by his son, Ernst.
However, it was not the famous fairy tale about Snow White and the Seven Dwarves that inspired them, but a local legend about a poor homeless woman, Rietschel, who made her living selling firewood that she gathered in the forest. In summer she lived in the gorge under an overhanging rock, which was known as Rietschelweibstube (Mrs. Rietschel’s room). In winter, she used the money she had saved to pay for warm lodgings with compassionate people. Once, when she was out, there came a sudden storm, and as she ran for cover under her rock overhang, she fell and got wedged in between the rocks. Suddenly, seven little men with pointy hats appeared in the gorge, who helped her out and carried her to her little shelter. Before they disappeared, they placed seven coins on the rock, to help her live out her days in peace.
The carvings of the dwarves became overgrown with moss after the war, but after 1989 they were cleaned and repainted. Children especially are sure to love them - it’s a fun challenge to find all the seven dwarves on the rock. When looking for them, you might find a little niche cut into the rock – this is allegedly where Ernst Vater used to put his beer when he was working, so keep it well chilled.
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.
- On foot
- For families with children
- For beginner walkers
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- Routes with a story
- With a story from the past