A trip worth it!
Jupííí! So we are back in Bohemian Switzerland after a year! Today we will test the planned trek along the views of the Jetřichovice Rocks.
Our planned itinerary:
Jetrichovice – Pfeifer's grove – Sofa – Rudolf's stone – Purkartice forest – Vilemina's wall – Maria's rock – Jetrichovice
We leave Doubice by car – after 15 min. we park in the center of Jetřichovice – a short distance behind the shopping center in a free car park. It is approx. 10 o'clock in the morning, the sun washes us with full force – it's a good 30 st. in the shade.
We pass the Dřevák restaurant, follow the blue tourist sign at the church and enter Jetřichovice meadows. We hope to hide in the shadow of Pfeifer's grove soon.
After the first 500 m we hide under the trees. We find beautifully carved benches with the distinctive name Cat Church. In front of us is all the prospects – which are located in nature in the form of a horseshoe. We will go one lookout after another – nicely from left to right. At the memorial cross we descend from the blue and continue along a narrow footpath through Pfeifer's grove.
Pfeifer's grove is truly amazing. The beautiful, clean forest, which is taken care of, is led by footpaths through diverse terrain and beautiful new benches overlooking the picturesque landscape.
After approx. 1 km we connect to the green mark – the direction of our first destination – Sofa and then along the red mark – Rudolfův kámen.
Viewpoint Rudolf's Stone
The Rudolfův kámen viewpoint was originally called Vysoký kámen or Ostroh. Rudolfův kámen is a distinctive sandstone hill at an altitude of 484 meters in the Jetřichovice walls, near the historic cottage settlement Tokáň, 2 kilometers from the village Jetřichovice. The lookout got its present name after Prince Rudolf Kinský, who visited the rock in 1824 and had a lookout with 170 steps built here. Recently, the viewpoint was repaired again and there is a wonderful view of the region.
Stairs to Rudolf's stone
The view of Rudolfův kámen is quite difficult to climb. It is standard to follow the natural stairs (as in almost all viewpoints in the area), there are also ladders or carved stairs in the rocks, the top is cautiously passable.
Phobia of heights :-)
It is true that for those who have a phobia of heights (btw: I also belong here – I'm totally overcoming and afraid :-)) – they may have problems with climbing in the end. Anyway – the view from the hill of the beauties of the Jetřichovice area is worth a little overcoming. (Many I was stuck in the shed and didn't look around much ..).
We have the first viewpoint behind us and we continue along the red road – in the direction of Vilemín's wall through the Purkartický forest. After a hike to the agency, it is quite comfortable. In the shade of the rocks, we take a lunch break and a small snack. We have met a minimum of people during the entire tour so far, in any case it is also because it is not yet a holiday period and it is a weekday. Thanks to that, we have plenty of time to thoroughly inspect the natural scenery.
Vilemín's wall will provide us with a wonderful distant view of Czech-Saxon Switzerland. Then we continue along the red path between the rocks to our last viewpoint today – Maria's rock – we start to be tight – we have only approx. 4 hours of walking, but in the midday heat – over 30 st. Even the shade of trees no longer gives a feeling of refreshment and sweat pours powerfully from us in all directions.
Vilemín's wall II.
Vilemín's wall (German Wilhelminenwand) is a lookout point in Bohemian Switzerland. It lies at an altitude of 439 meters above sea level north of Jetřichovice and is part of the sandstone rocks of the Děčín Highlands. From here there is a nice view of the region, including Růžovský vrch. The lookout has been called Vilemínina stěna since the 19th century, when the area was part of the Kinský estate and the lookout was named after Vilemín Kinská.
The ascent to Maria's Rock is quite cool, it is a well-secured ascent up stairs or ladders, it is long but safe. Upstairs we have a wooden hut with a view of the surrounding area.
Mary's Rock II.
Maria's Rock or Maria's Lookout (German: Marienfels) is a sandstone rocky hill in Bohemian Switzerland. It is located north of the village Jetřichovice and is 428 meters high above sea level. In 1856, Ferdinand Bonaventura, the 7th Prince of Kinský, had a cottage built on the top, which served as an observatory for fire brigades. In the nineteenth century, the hill also got its current name when it was named after Maria Anna Kinská, the wife of the owner of the estate. Previously, the hill bore the name Velký Ostrý (German Grosser Spitziger). In 2005, the cottage at the top burned down due to the negligence of visitors, but was replaced a year later by a new cottage.
Mary's Rock III.
After this last stop today, after a while – a slight stair descent, we get back to Jetřichovice, where we will have lunch in one of the many local restaurants and look forward to another trip – Šaunštejn Rock Castle, Mala pravčická gate and Dolský mlýn. But about that, next time.
Circuit of Jetřichovice prospects
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