A four day circular walk in the north-east of the Czech Republic: the Broumovsko
Getting there: This seemingly forgotten eastern corner of the Giant Mountains is easily accessible via the motorways to Dresden, then Zittau and further east towards Trutnov. Or a flight to Wrocklav, Poland and 70 km to the south by public transport (international train).
The Broumovsko is a protected nature reserve, has an area of 41,000 hectares and has been a protected nature reserve since 1991. The area has two national nature reserves, Adršpašské skály (the Rock town) and Broumovske steny (Broumov walls) and two regional nature reserves.
Maps: Good walking maps, like everywhere in the Czech Republic, can be bought at shops and kiosks. Or: the map 425 Broumovsko, Adršpach - Shocart.
Accommodation: It’s no problem to find a place to sleep and eat. B&B’s, “Zimmer frei”, hotel, private pensions.
Easter 2001: a circular walk through the fascinating nature in the borderland between the Czech Republic and Poland, between Adrspach, Broumov and Mieroszow. Highlights are perhaps the marvelous and strange mass of rocks you come through: the Rock Town Loop and the "Broumov wall". There are gorges and ravines up to 100 meters deep, tower rocks, terraces and valleys with steep walls and caves.
The walkway in Poland shows you a farmer-landscape before the European Common Market period……..
Height on trail: 600-800m.
Day 1: Broumov - Police nad Metuji.....................................13 km
Day 2: Police nad Metuji - Ostas - Teplice nad Metuji........15 km
Day 3: Teplice nad Metuji - Adršpašské skály Rock Town -
Mieroszow (P) - Mezimesti *.......................................28 km
Day 4: Mezimesti - Broumov...................................................13 km
* a marked route, 3,5 km, leads you through the "Rock Town" ( Adršpašské skály ), including some ladders,
climbing and narrow passages. Not really suitable for people with acrophobia.
2019: the Rock Town loop is pretty commercialized: fast food, tickets, buses and buses, a lot of noise.
But there are still good alternatives.
* between Mieroszow (P) - Mezimesti you can take the train. A special one!! This is an adventure in
itself. The train is on the video, below.
En route: a varied hilly to mountainous area, alternating forest and large clearings, quiet idyllic villages, the already mentioned sandstone-rock formations at e.g. Adršpach.
In Poland, beautiful farmhouses made of wood. And here too, west of the town of Mierószow (P) unusual rock formations: the Czartowskie Skały.
These lie between the villages of Rózana and Łaczna and reach a height between 580 and 610m.We understand that the rocks are the remains of a "volcanic chimney". With beautiful colours and unusual shapes, including the so-called "windows". Peepholes, you could also say.
You walk in a region with an extremely turbulent history: Sudetenland....Silesia.....WOII and the exile of the German population.
In Police nad Metuji is the Merkur muzeum, say the Meccano museum. Do you remember? A must-see!
The train between Mieroszow and Mezimesti is an experience of its own. According to many, the Orient Express sometimes passed there too.....monsieur Poirot.....we don't know if it's true, but the area lends itself perfectly to it. See also the video below.
Ostaš, a table mountain 700 m high, is also very popular with climbers, who will find more than 500 climbing routes of varying difficulty here. You will find formations with names like " the armed man", "the traitor" and "the hill of death".
The hilltop hike on Day 2 runs along and over several sandstone formations - the national park's Broumov walls or the Broumovske steny or Falcon Mountains - some of which are up to 40 m high and a total length of about 700 m.
Read more about these trails north-east of the Czech Republic: the Broumovsko
Below an impresion of the the Rock Town Loop, Adrspach: