Bohemian Switzerland

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České Švýcarsko National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Location Czech Republic
Coordinates 50°50′N 14°15′E / 50.833°N 14.250°E / 50.833; 14.250Coordinates: 50°50′N 14°15′E / 50.833°N 14.250°E / 50.833; 14.250
Area 79 km²
Established 2000
Governing body Správa Ochrany Přírody
Bohemian Switzerland in the spring

Bohemian Switzerland (Czech: České Švýcarsko; German: Böhmische Schweiz), also known as Czech Switzerland, is a picturesque region in the north-western Czech Republic. It lies on the Czech side of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains north of Děčín on both sides of the Elbe River. It extends eastward into the Lusatian Mountains and westward into the Ore Mountains. Its highest elevation is the mountain Děčínský Sněžník at 726m above sea level. It has been a protected area (as ChKO Labske Piskovce) since 1972.

The region along the right side of the Elbe became a national park on January 1, 2000, the České Švýcarsko National Park. The National Park is adjacent to the Saxon Switzerland National Park (Sächsische Schweiz) in Germany.

Etymology[edit]

Pravčická brána in Bohemian Switzerland.

The concept of Bohemian Switzerland developed in the 18th century as an extension of the Saxon Switzerland, the part of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Germany. The name was inspired by the Swiss artists Adrian Zingg and Anton Graff, who were reminded of their homeland by the geography of northern Bohemia.

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This article incorporates information from the revision as of December 1, 2006 of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

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