You can see Prachov Rocks in movies like The Mists of Avalon or Hellboy. Director Karl Kachyni filmed parts of his Little Mermaid also in this beautiful rocks. Even a song was written about them! Thus, there is no doubt, it is a special place to visit while being in Czech Republic.
Prachov Rocks are accessible during the whole year. In the main season (from April to October), there is an entrance fee of 70 CZK for basic ticket. Family ticket costs 170 CZK (2 adults+2 kids), what can be considered as very cheap fee for what will you see later on. (prices may change during the time, always check official webpage of Prachov Rocks for actual pricelist)
It is only allowed to visit the rocks by foot. Bikes and other forms of transportation are strictly prohibited. You can park your car at Tourist Cottage- the beginning of the route. If you would like to use public transport, bus stop is right at the entrance and train station only 2 km from Prachov Rocks.
You can choose between two routes. First one is shorter- only 1.5 km and takes around 45 min. There are 2 lookout points and one ascent. The route starts at Tourist Cottage following the yellow tourist markers. It is suitable for families with very small children or people limited by time. However, it is suggested -especially for newcomers- to take second, longer route.
Second Route is 3,5 km long and takes around 2 hours. Following this route, you can be sure that you have seen everything. It is the most attractive and interesting path. Green tourist marker is the one dedicated for second route. It starts at the same point as shorter route – Tourist Cottage. Pecha’s Lookout- Pechova vyhlídka is the first one you will visit. There is also a red marker along with green one, however around 200 m from Pecha´s Lookout, the markers separate and you continue following just the green one. You will find a view of Green Ravine- Zelená rokle on the way. On the crossroad Nad Fortnou you again align with red mark and continue to Leaning Tower - Šikmá věž. A labyrinth of boulders is waiting for you on this route, but we are sure you will get out of it easily. From Leaning tower, you will follow the marker to the Hotel Under the Leaning Tower - Hotel Pod Šikmou věží. Continue towards the crossroad U Buku, where you will start following the yellow marker to Peace Lookout, where you can see into the Emperor’s Pass. Continue on the ridge of Bukovina to the crossroad above the Emperor’s Pass - Nad císařskou chodbou - and then to Hlahol Lookout - Hlaholská vyhlídka. You will then follow the path between the giant rocks. Walking the steps, you will see 2 lookouts- Rumcajs and Haken. Follow the zig-zag path and you will arrive to Všetečka’s and Schlik’s Lookouts - Všetečkova and Šlikova vyhlídka. There, you can see another side of Emperor’s Pass. Finally, you just need to descend to the mouth of the Emperor’s Pass and come back to Tourist Cottage.
Author: Nikola Mečiarová
Cover image: Photo by Jaroslav Kuba via Flickr