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Adršpach-Teplice Rocks/Czech Republic

Introducing Adršpach-Teplice Rocks

The ‘rock towns’ of Český ráj may be more well-known, but the country’s most rugged and dramatic formations are the Adršpach-Teplice Rocks (Adršpašsko-Teplické skály), hidden away in the Broumov highlands (Broumovská vrchovina), a protrusion of East Bohemia that juts into Poland.

Situated tantalising close to the main road, within minutes you can hike into concealed natural cloisters, ringed by spectacular sandstone rocks with imaginative monikers like ‘Giant’s Armchair’ and ‘Sugar Cone’, amid a soft carpet of sand and pine needles. Well-marked paths lead through luscious pine forests and spectacular valleys. Summer gets busy with local tourists and German and Polish visitors, and you’ll need to book accommodation in advance. Come in winter, when snow can linger as late as mid-April, and you’ll have this crazily entertaining landscape largely to yourself.

There are two clusters of formations: Adršpach Rock Town (Adršpašské skalní město) and Teplice Rock Town (Teplické skalní město). They now comprise a single state nature reserve, 15km east of Trutnov.

At each ‘rock town’ you pay 50/20Kč (adult/concession) admission. The tourist office at Adršpach can supply the excellent Adršpašské skály Teplické skály (1:16, 000) trail map.

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