In Jetřichovice, not far from the Information Centre, there is a signpost. From there, go along the red route and on up to the rock kingdom. Walk around the high rock walls almost up to the top, to the small gazebo on top of Marie’s Rock. From the signpost climb the steps up to the sandstone plateau. The wooden gazebo on the top was restored in 2006, after the original shelter was destroyed by a fire due to negligent visitors.
Clamber down and continue to Vilemína’s Viewpoint. At one point you pass below a rock ceiling in a place where the rock has been hewn out so that the footpath can continue down the slope.
A meandering little trail takes you to two rocky gorges, stone gates, where there is the turn-off to Vilemína’s Viewpoint. A rocky trench leads to the viewing platform, which has railings around it. It offers a wonderful view of Marie’s Rock.
Go back to the crossroads with the signpost and gazebo. You’re surrounded by the Purkartice forest, through which you walk to get to Rudolph’s Stone. It’s a very tricky ascent up to the Stone, via steep steps in the rock, over a small bridge and keeping close to the rock, along the path and up the ladders, literally crawling up to the railing, and then it’s just bare rock until you conquer the summit. The enchanting 360-degree panorama makes it well worth the effort.
Go down through the wide gully to the gravel path, which leads gently down for around a kilometre to the Pohovka crossroads, and follow the route marked in green back to Jetřichovice.
Marie, Vilemína, Rudolf – names carved into the rock
All three of the Jetřichovice viewpoints are named after members of the Kinský family, who owned the Česká Kamenice estate.
In 1856 Ferdinand Bonaventura, 7th Price Kinský, had a gazebo built on the summit of Marie’s Rock in the style of a Greek temple, and named the rock after his new bride, Marie Anna Kinská, born the Princess of Lichtenstein. Before that, the sandstone rock had been known as Velký Ostrý (Big Sharp). Before the arrival of the nobility, a banner with the coat-of-arms of the Kinský family was always flown on the roof of the gazebo.
Vilemína’s Wall was originally named Černá stěna (Black Wall), although this name now is now all but forgotten. The wall was given its new name after Princess Vilemína Kinská, the wife of Rudolf Kinský. It was opened to the public in the mid-19th century and a wooden gazebo was built in the form of a hermitage, although this has long since disappeared.
Rudolfův kámen (Rudolph’s Stone), also known as Ostroh (Headland) and formerly Vysoký kámen (High Stone), took its name in 1824 from Rudolf, Prince Kinský, who visited the rock in the same year and later had a shelter built there.
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