Děčín - Neighbourhood of LiveCentrum
Stunning and unforgettable places
Děčín’s historical center
Do not forget to visit the most famous landmark right in the heart of Děčín, the Děčín Castle, which overlooks the junction of the Elbe and Ploučnice river, on the top of the sandstone rocks. The castle is among the most important historical monuments of Northern Bohemia. Originally built in the Romanesque and Gothic styles, the Přemyslid’s castle was rebuilt by knights from Bynov in the Renaissance style – the pearl of Děčín. Later, after the castle was bought by the Thuns, it was renovated in the Baroque style. This renovation was done by the well-known architect G. B. Santini. Part of the castle grounds are not only the beautiful interiors or the unique Baroque stables, but also the magical Rose Garden. The Rose Garden is decorated with a 17th century sala terrena with frescoes by the Italian painter Braggalia and a two-story gloriette with Baroque statues. The romantic garden, combines the exceptionality of the Baroque architecture and the beauty of the roses of all colors and scents. You can also visit the extensive castle grounds or one of the regular exhibitions.
Adrenaline with a view of Děčín
Adrenaline junkies will definitely be impressed with the Via Ferrata, which is right across the Elbe River from the castle, on the top of the sandstone Pastýřská rock wall. Since 2014, 16 different routes of varying difficulties and lengths of 150–170 m have been made, so kids with athletic abilities can try it also. After climbing to the top, you have a beautiful view of the whole city and the deep Elbe Canyon. Via Ferrata is free and open to the public. Climbing equipment be rented for a fee from the bike rental shop close by. In the bike rental shop, you can rent trekking bikes, mountain bikes, electric bikes, scooters, rafts, paddleboards, and canoes for a ride down the Elbe River. You can get back to Děčín by bicycle.
The beauty of Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland
From Děčín, the gate to the Czech Switzerland National Park, it is just a short distance to the most beautiful parts of the region. The National Park offers many nooks and crannies that are unique in the world, and from the center of the city you can get here in just 15 minutes by car or by well-organized public transportation. You can visit an inexhaustible amount of natural gems such as the Pravčická brána, the biggest rock bridge in Europe, many beautiful rocky vistas towering high above the treetops, such as the rock castle Šaunštejn, Mariina and Vilemínina vistas, Rudolf’s rock, or the mesa Děčínský Sněžník, with a breath-taking view of the Lužické mountains, and of the Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland region. It is also worth a visit to the Tichá (Edmund’s) and Divoká gorges in Hřensko, where you can enjoy a romantic cruise on the Kamenice Brook with the cheerful commentary of the ferryman. You’ll enjoy the ruins of the old Dolský windmill and the basalt Panská skála, which is a popular place for filmmakers, or the rock city Tiské stěny, where you can let your imagination run wild with the strange rock shapes. All of this, and more, can be found close to Děčín.
Trips over the border
By boat on the Elbe River, by car, or even by train, you can take a trip to the nearby German cities of Pirna and Dresden. Around Pirna, you can visit the Sonnenstein Fort, or the biggest European fortress Königstein. The nearby Bastei rock bridge is also worth a visit. In the historical city of Dresden, you can visit numerous historical sights, like the Frauenkirche church, with its memories of the air attacks during World War II, the breathtaking Moritzburg Castle, where the Czech film Three Wishes for Cinderella was filmed, or the former residence of the Saxon royal court Pillnitz with its beautiful castle and park, or Zwinger, with its museums and gallery. In Dresden, you will certainly be interested in a walk alongside the Elbe river and much more.