From the square in Česká Kamenice set off following the blue markers. Turn off to see the pilgrimage Chapel of the Birth of the Virgin Mary, and then re-join the route; after one and a half kilometres head towards Jehla. In the woodland meadow after Střelnice there stands an odd concrete pillar inscribed with the dates 1720 – 1884. Follow the linden avenue up alongside the meadow until you come to the crossroads Pod Jehlou, at which point you’re close to the first destination on this trip – Jehla rock.
The view from Jehla is surprising. Just below you is the rock known as Trubač. You can see the whole of Bohemian Switzerland with Růžák, Děčínský Sněžník and the peaks of the Bohemian Central Highlands.
Then continue back to the blue route and through the high wood along the ridge. The forest path takes you to some stone steps leading to the Altar of the Brethren. Our ancestors built the frames and niches for images of the Stations of the Cross and statues of the saints.
The path emerges from the forest, up to a spacious place under the sandstone rocks, which is an ideal place for a snack. Then follow the blue markers out of the forest past the small sandstone cave after the meadow, from which you can see your destination, Studenec. Follow the asphalt road to the signpost in the village of Líska and then turn left, between the little houses. Continue alongside the Lísecký stream to approach the basalt kingdom. By house No. 102, the blue markers turn left, out of the village. Get up to the saddle between the peaks of Javorek and Studenec. It’s just one kilometre from here up to the summit of Studenec along the red route. The newly-restored viewpoint stands on the summit of Studenec.
Return following the same route as far as the saddle in the meadow. From the signpost follow the red route to the former quarry on Zlatý vrch and then descend along the forest road to the main road in the forest, to the Líska horní stop, where the bus will take you back to Česká Kamenice.
Restored iron beauty on Studenec
The first wooden observation tower stood on the top of Studenec in 1854, built by Prince Ferdinand Kinský; after 8 years, however, it was torn down. The iron viewpoint, whose current appearance is the work of the Bohemian Switzerland Mountaineers Club in Děčín, began to be built in April 1888. Nine tons of iron were transported up to the summit during the course of several months. The viewing tower, which is two years older than the famous Eiffel Towner in Paris, was opened to great pomp and ceremony. As the site was so hugely popular (several thousand tourists used to head here every year), in 1893 Prince Kinský paid to have a wooden mountain chalet built next to the tower; this was the "Kinsky Baude" summer inn, which provided visitors with refreshments and a place to sleep. In order to make it easier to reach the summit of Studenec, members of the Bohemian Switzerland Mountaineers Club paved the route up with basalt, which still lies there today.
The summer restaurant was demolished after the Second World War (all you can see now are the foundations and the remnants of a brick cellar) and the observation tower began to rust and fall into disrepair. It was even due to be torn down in 1996, but in 1997, just before the demolition work started, it was declared a technical monument. The Society of Friends of Děčín - Amici Decini took steps to secure the funding to have it reconstructed. In 1997 the metal viewpoint was carried off in pieces by helicopter to be reconstructed. The restored viewpoint was brought back to the summit of Studenec by helicopter on 14. 3. 2009, after several earlier unsuccessful attempts were thwarted by strong winds.
The grand opening of the restored viewpoint took place on 21st June 2009.
As you climb up to the viewpoint you’ll notice that every step bears a name – during a unique fundraising event organised by the town of Česká Kamenice, anyone interested had the chance to pay 5000 CZK to “buy” one iron step up to the viewpoint, thus helping to fund the restoration work.
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
- Medium difficulty
- Historical or forgotten route
- Spiritual attractions
- Routes with a story
- With a story from the past
- Taking the bus
- In search of viewpoints