This route takes us to some forgotten places along the Czech-Saxon border. The route starts in Mezní Louka, from where you follow the green route up to the saddle on Větrovka ridge and then descend into Hluboký důl. Continue along the forest road through the valley as far as the former village of Zadní Jetřichovice. On the right bank of the Křinice River there is an imposing wall of rocks known as Rabensteine (Raven Rocks).
Cross over the Křinice and follow the German green triangular signs, which indicate a more difficult trail than the normal footpaths. Follow the Křinice downstream for around a kilometre and a half, at which point the green route turns off to the left across the river. Go up through the Brueckengrund gorge and the green triangle will take you left out of the gorge and upwards, before heading steeply down into Velký kozí důl (Lindengründel). There, just a few steps from the border on the German side, you’ll see your destination – Rysí kámen (Luchsstein, or Lynx Rock), with a relief marking the place where a lynx was shot in 1743. Follow the same route back to Mezní Louka.
Return of the lynx to Bohemian Switzerland
The Eurasian Lynx used to be a common predator living in the deep forests of Bohemian Switzerland, but, like other predators, over the centuries it was systematically hunted down and almost completely exterminated. One of the last lynxes here was killed in 1743 by Johann Gottfied Puttrich, from a well-known family of foresters, as we can see from the inscription on Rysí kámen. The animal was killed by a firearm built into the rock, which fired when the predator took the bait; Puttrich had this moment immortalised by carving it into a great boulder. There is a relief of the lynx carved into the stone, as well as a Neo-Gothic German inscription, which loosely translates as: “This place is where I, Johann Gottfied Puttrich, royal forester from Hinterhermsdorf, shot a lynx in 1743”.
The lynx was not seen in Bohemian Switzerland from the 19th century until fairly recently. It was not until 2011 that photo traps set up to monitor the wildlife in the national park confirmed that the lynx was back. Until then, there had only been indirect proof, such as tracks in the snow and mud, scratch marks on trees, and the devoured carcasses of deer. However, it is still only rare that the lynx does venture into Bohemian Switzerland, generally during the winter, when the area is quieter.
People are not usually likely to come across the lynx, partly because it is found here so rarely, and also because it is extremely timid.
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
- Cross-border route
- With attractions
- Routes with a story
- With a story from the past