Bohemian Switzerland National Park

Greetings,

OK a little back story to this one.

Mid July I meet a Czech lady named Veronika.

She lived in the town Teplice in the north eastern Czech Republic so yes I visited the town a few times.

The 14th of August is my birthday and being from Australia that’s the height of winter, well not anymore.

No its not my first birthday in summer, I’ve lived in Greece and had my 21st birthday in Greece on the island Aegina.

Anyway Veronika for my 35th birthday was very gracious to offer and take me camping in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park.

Ok, I’ll try and be quick on how to get there and I’ll do it in point form.

  • Trains and Bus go to Decin via this direct links – Note – we went by train and the bus stop was out the front of the train station, if you take the bus you’ll need to find out where the bus drops you off etc. – Travel time – Approx hour and a half
  • Once at Decin train station we went to the bus stop 434 which takes you to Hřensko a zpět and Mezní Louka – Travel time – Approx 30 – 45 mins
  •  Hřensko is the main town within the Czech Republic side of the National Park if wish to collect supplies its here or wonder its small streets (I took some photo’s)
  • Mezní Louka is in fact a Hotel if you want a luxury stay and they offer tours but also just down the hill along the road you’ll notice a camping area on your left when we went there wasn’t anyone to pay so we simply found a spot and camped.

Photos of Hřensko

When we arrived at Mezní Louka we set up camp and had a lovely camp fire going for the next day.
Saturday morning we’re up and went the red track taking us to the Pravčická brána.

After a great day of walking taking in the scenery we return to camp and had a fantastic camp fire meal (I LOVE camp fire cooked meals) and we settled in for the night for another day of hiking.

Sunday the 14th of August my birthday!

SO yes we had a great morning meal and packed up the tent area.

We decided to go on a short walk then return to Teplice

Way less to type out on this one, more about the photos.

I hope you enjoyed the post.

Take it easy and see you around.

Stefan

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Summer and Prague

Hello Again!

So after my trip to Montenegro, I returned to the Czech Republic and Prague.

Focused on generating more work for myself but more importantly, I had a mission.

When it comes to swimming and the availability of water either it sea or ocean I am without a doubt a very very spoilt man.

Growing up in the coastal country town of Moruya I had the south pacific to swim and the Deua National Park and its river the Araluen river and also living in at different stages in my life in Piraeus Greece so plenty of water and swimming was at my doorstep.

Moving to the Czech Republic I knew my strongest challenge would be this, not anything to do with culture or a new government system.

I knew I had to find a new source of water to swim.

At the start of the summer I meet a Slovakian named Marc; through the Smaller Earth academy and we became friends, he also moved to Prague around the same time I came to Prague and agreed we needed to find a place to swim.

When I returned from my trip in Montenegro, Marc already found some places recommended to him by locals of Prague.

The park is called Šárecký potok so off we went to visit the park and see what it’s like.

I’ll admit the parks in Prague are something else, they are 100% better then what we have in Australian cities and while I haven’t visited all the Australian cities I’ve been to all except Hobart, Perth and Darwin.

We arrived at the tram stop Vozovna Vokovice and simply walked west towards the airport until we saw a Mc Donald’s fast food (I refuse to acknowledge them as a restaurant) then it started to pour down raining so we decided to get some junk food into us while we waited, after about 45 mins it cleared and the sun was shining.

We saw a hill and wanted to get a better view so up we went and meet two Czech’s, after showing them my GoPro we felt it’ll be more fun to climb the cliff face and off we went!

Once we hit the lake we walk around it to more an idea what’s around, we come across a very old diving platform and thought that’ll be great to start our swim.

When then walked around the northern shore line towards the east and around the southern shore line till we came back to the diving platform.

The water was clean and fresh I’ll admit and quite satisfying (it’s not salt water but beggars can’t be choosers).

I didn’t take my camera this time just my GoPro and so here is a video to cap off the day and the blog see you around!