There, where the Elbe flows through northern Bohemia, lies the Bohemian Uplands. You can expect volcanic cones, basalt lava baskets and beautiful cities in fascinating landscapes. You will follow the course of the Elbe as it meanders through the landscape. At the Porta Bohemica, the gateway to Bohemia, the Elbe has dug deep into the Bohemian Uplands and flows through the Elbe Canyon, the deepest sandstone gorge in Europe and through the Bohemian Switzerland to Saxony. Along the river, there are historical and interesting cities, such as Litoměřice, which is one of the most beautiful cities in Bohemia. The area also has an abundance of castles and palaces and is a famous wine-growing region – you are sure to get your money’s worth in Bohemia.
In this Collection, we show you the volcanic landscape of the Bohemian Uplands, which you can explore on nine varied routes. Firstly, you can discover the Elbe Cycle Route, one of Europe's most popular long-distance cycling routes. The North Bohemian section has been divided into four easy and short stages. We have also put together five exciting routes to help you get to know the area even more intensively. Starting from Litoměřice, Ústí nad Labem and Děčín, three cities on the Elbe, four 25-miles (40-kilometer) routes take you to cultural and scenic highlights. Since you leave the Elbe Valley, the routes are hilly, because you drive on small streets through the original and mysterious Bohemian Uplands. An easy tour from Litoměřice to Lake Pisthausee is a great day out especially for families.
All routes start and end in places that are well connected to the Czech railway network. You can also easily reach the routes from Dresden, for example. On the way, you will find plenty of accommodation and restaurants.
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Your round starts in the northern Bohemian city of Ústí nad Labem. With a good 42 kilometers, the tour is not long, but the 600 meters have it especially in the first half in itself. Right at the beginning you climb the local mountain of Ústí, the Ferdinandshöhe (Větruše). From up there you can enjoy a great panorama over the Elbe Valley and Ústí.