Pravčická gate is the biggest natural arch in Europe. It is considered the most beautiful natural formation in the Czech-Saxon Switzerland region. And it is the symbol of the whole area. In the deep woods, not far from Hřensko, surrounded by a mysterious peace sometimes time seems to stop. That is the real experience of Pravčická gate. For generations it has attracted nature lovers with its magic. Many of us have already visited it and those who have not might have seen it in a picture at least. When you stand under this stone arch you are amazed by its size. The dimensions of Pravčická Gate are impressive but when seen close up it is truly amazing. The arch spans 26.5 meters. It is 16 meters high, 7-8m wide, the minimum thickness is 3 meters and the top flat is 21meters above the ground. At the entrance of Pravčická gate there are trails and stairs leading to several view points high above the tree tops from where you can see Pravčická gate or enjoy other beautiful views and vistas. When there is nice weather you can even see as far as Děčínský Sněžník. From Pravčická gate there is also a wonderful trail leading through impressive sceneries to Mezní louka. One well maintained trail is about 6km long.In the district you can also visit the holiday castle, Falcon’s Nest in which the museum of the National park of Czech Switzerland is located. You can refresh yourself in the restaurant that features a 19th century interior. You can also find a tourist centre there.
You have to leave your car in the parking lot in Hřensko (paid parking lot behind a restaurant Klepáč) or to drive up to the parking lot in Mezní louka (at the hotel Mezní louka), these are the two starting points for a trip to Pravčická gate (it´s restricted to park somewhere else). From these places you walk following the red trail.
april – october: every day 10:00 – 18:00 hours
Nowember – march, friday,saturday,sunday,from 10:00 to 16:00, in bad weather – closed.
Admission fee: adult €3,13, child €1,04.
GPS: 50.883893N 14.281647E