A Perfect trip to Adrspach Teplice Rocks from Prague

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The Adrspach might not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a trip to the Czech Republic, but it should. Just under two and a half hours drive from Czechia’s capital are the Adrspach Rocks. These gorgeous rock formations are a perfect chance to take a break from the high energy of Prague – you will be blown away by the views they offer. And, yes, the Adrspach Teplice Rocks are touristy and attract thousands of visitors. But do not let that put you off because they have one of the most stunning landscapes in central Europe.

Adršpach Teplice Rocks

In this article, you will find everything you need to know about Adrspach. Whether you come here on a day trip or spend a weekend here, there is no shortage of attractions.

 

Why are the Adrspach Teplice Rocks in the Czech Republic famous?

The Adrspach Rocks are famous because it is the largest rock city in Czechia. It is a national nature reserve with thousands of rock towers and gorgeous views. Adrspach has a beautiful landscape with many narrow gorges and unusual sandstone rock formations covered with yellow moss.

Adrspach Teplice Rocks from Prague

One of those hikes you will still be thinking about for many years.

 

Did you know the Adrspach Rocks is one of the most searched nature locations in the country? It covers 17 km2 in northeastern Bohemia. It is also the largest breeding site of falcons in Europe. The Adrspach Rocks rank among the best day trips from Prague. If you love mountains and outdoor activities, a trip to the Adrspach is definitely worth it.

Did you know the Adrspach Rocks is one of the most searched nature locations in the country? It covers 17 km2 in northeastern Bohemia. It is also the largest breeding site of falcons in Europe. The Adrspach Rocks rank among the best day trips from Prague.

 

Fun Fact:

Did you know that the Adrspach Teplice rocks are over 89 million years old? If you do not know, rock cities like this park were once at the bottom of the sea. Deposits from the shallow sea that once flooded this area hardened into layers and created sandstone layers. After the sea disappeared, natural forces like wind, the sun and rain shaped this land. The cracks in the rocks separated the blocks from each other and gave the Adrspach Rocks its distinctive shape.

Adrspach: Did you know the Adrspach Teplice rocks are over 89 million years old? Rock cities like this park were once at the bottom of the sea. After the sea disappeared, natural forces like wind, the sun and rain shaped this land. The cracks in the rocks separated the blocks from each other and gave the Adrspach Teplice Rocks its distinctive shape.

Today, some rock formations reach almost fifty meters (164 feet).

 

The local legend says the god’s anger formed this rock city. The story goes that the god punished the locals for allowing the robbers on the rich Czech lands. He turned the locals and the town to the stone. The Adrspach Rock City supposed to remind us of the people’s betrayal.

Adrspach Teplice Rock city

It is hard to believe that the world did not discover Adrspach Rocks until the 19th century. The locals used to come here only when they faced danger from invaders. Tourists started coming here after the fire in 1824. The large fire among the rocks destroyed almost all the forest vegetation, and the sandstone formations stood out. The deforestation of the area showed canyons which became passable. The forest is already back, but the locals created paths and hiking trails throughout the rock city. This is also the time when the local rocks got their names.

There is nowhere else like Adrspach - the area is home to some of the most extraordinary landscapes. These rocks are not somewhere to visit if you want to sit somewhere and do nothing. Hiking is the number one activity when visiting the Adrspach.

There is nowhere else like Adrspach – the area is home to some of the most extraordinary landscapes. These rocks are not somewhere to visit if you want to sit somewhere and do nothing. Hiking is the number one activity when visiting the Adrspach.

 

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The Adrspach Teplice Rocks are the second largest national nature reserve in the Czech Republic. The area consists of two rock cities: the Adrspach Rocks and Teplice Rocks, and the Wolf Gorge connects both rock cities. You can visit them on the same day with the same entrance ticket.

 

Must visit places at the Adrspach Rocks

So, what are the must-visit attractions in the Adrspach Rocks? Here are our picks for the most beautiful places in this rock city.

 

  • The Gothic Gate

Adrspach: Those who have seen the famous fantasy Chronicles of Narnia will recall these rock formations called Gothic Gate in Adrspach.

Those who have seen the famous fantasy Chronicles of Narnia will recall these rock formations.

 

  • Elephant squareElephant square Adrspach Teplice Rocks

 

  • Boat ride

lake boat trail

 

  • the Great and Small waterfall

the Great and Small waterfall

  • the Sugarloaf

 

  • the Lovers (Milenci)

Adrspach Teplice Rocks: One of the must-visit places at the Adrspach Teplice Rocks is Lovers because it is one of the most famous rock formations in Adrspach. The Lovers (or Milenci in the Czech language) are also the highest and the most beautiful rock formation in this region.

 

  • The Mouse Hole – the narrowest path, only 50 cm wide

Mouse Hole – the narrowest path in these famous rock formations, only 50 cm wide

 

  • The Mayor and the Mayor’s Wife

Adrspach Teplice Rocks: When hiking Adrspach Teplice Rocks, you can see various rock formations, which remind various objects. One of the most famous rock formations is the Mayor and the Mayor’s Wife, or the Lovers (Milenci), as some people call them.

 

  • Wolf gorge

Adrspach Teplice Rocks and its Wolf Gorge

 

The trails at Adrspach Teplice Rocks

 

Lake Boat trail

Adrspach Lake: One of the first things many visitors to Adrspach do is that walk around Adrspach Lake. The lake trail loop is about 1.5 km long and offers breathtaking views.

One of the first things many visitors to Adrspach do is that they walk around the lake. The lake trail loop is about 1.5 km long and offers breathtaking views. You probably do not know, but in the past, the locals used it as transportation for chopped trees. Today it is possible to rent a punt or take a boat ride.

 

GOOD TO KNOW:

Once here, you can take a boat ride or rent a punt roughly in the middle of the circuit. But do not forget, you can take a boat tour only between May and the end of October (sometimes April). The boat tour in Adrspach cost 100 CZK (4 EUR) per adult or 50 CZK (2 EUR) for children under 15.

 

Adrspach trail loop

Adrspach trail loop

Adrspach trail circuit passes through the most scenic parts of the nature reserve. The main Adrspach trail loop is about 7 km (4.3 mi) long. It will take you approximately 3 hours to complete it. There are some steep stairs on the path, but nothing extreme.

Adrspach hiking trails

Get lost in the twisting paths and see various rock formations – they will remind you of various objects. Some of the most famous rock formations are Giant’s Armchair (Krakonošova lenoška), Sugar Loaf (Homole cukru) and also Elephant Square (Sloní náměstí). Our favourites were also the Mayor and the Mayor’s Wife, and the Lovers – Milenci, as the locals call them.

trails at Adrspach Teplice Rocks

 

Wolf Gorge (Vlčí rokle)

Wolf Gorge: The Wolf Gorge, called Vlčí rokle by the locals, connects two rock cities, Adrspach and Teplice. It is less than 4 km long and a less busy part of the Adrspach Teplice Rocks nature reserve. It has a yellow hiking trail which starts in the middle of the tourist circuit near the stairs to the boat tour.

After hiking the Adrspach Rocks, we recommend you explore the Wolf Gorge. The locals call this path which connects two rock cities, Adrspach and Teplice, Vlčí rokle. Wolf Gorge is less than 4 km (2.5 mi) long. It is a less busy part of the Adrspach Teplice Rocks nature reserve. A yellow hiking trail to Vlčí rokle starts in the middle of the Adrspach Rocks tourist circuit near the stairs to the boat tour. Look for the narrow staircase, which will bring you to a wide open valley. Later follow the blue sign at the end of the valley if you also want to explore the Teplice Rocks.

GOOD TO KNOW:

A ticket, which you purchased for the Adrspach Rocks, is also valid here and in the Teplice Rocks. Most of the yellow trail is flat – you need to use the first set of stairs from the Adrspach circuit.

 

Teplice Rocks

Teplice Rocks: Teplice Rocks are a larger part of the Adrspach Teplice Rocks National Nature Reserve. Their circuit is 6 km (3.7 mi) long and has a blue tourist sign.

After completing the Adrspach Rocks loop, continue through the Wolf Gorge (Vlci Roklina) to the nearby Teplice Rocks. You may not know this, but the Teplice Rocks are the larger part of the Adrspach Teplice Rocks National Nature Reserve. Teplice Rocks circuit is 6 km (3.7 mi) long and has a blue tourist sign. It has many beautiful rock formations and lovely views. Also, the falcons nest here. Therefore, part of the circuit is usually not open to the public during the spring (April and May). We highly recommend exploring the Teplice Rocks if you have enough energy and time, as they are less visited and offer a more peaceful experience.

 

How to get to Adrspach

Adrspach Teplice Rocks lie in the northern part of the Czech Republic in the Broumov Highlands. You can find this famous rock city just a short 10-minute drive from the southwest border of Poland. The closest Czech towns are Náchod (23 km, 14 mi) and Hradec Králové, which is 49 km (30 mi) away.

How to get to Adrspach

Many tourists drive from Wroclaw in Poland or from Prague to Adrspach on a day trip. If you want to visit this rock city from Prague the best is to book a tour or rent a car. The distance from Prague is about 175 km (108 mi). It takes around two hours and 30 minutes to drive from Prague to Adrspach.

Your second option is to visit Adrspach Teplice Rocks from Polish Wroclaw. It is only about 100 km (62 mi) away.

 

Adrspach Teplice rocks opening times

Adrspach Teplice rocks opening times

The Adrspach rocks are open all year round. You can visit them during the main tourist season (1.4. 2023 – 31.10 2023) from 8 am until 6 pm. During the low season (1.11. 2023 – 31.3. 2024), the Rock City sightseeing circuit is open from 8 am until 4 pm.

GOOD TO KNOW:

Do not forget that you need to buy an entry ticket to Adrspach in advance as it is often fully booked during the summer. Also, you cannot fly drones in this rock city because the area has one of the largest breeding sites of falcons in Europe.

 

Parking at the Adrspach Rocks

In addition to your entry ticket to the Adrspach Teplice Rocks, you have to buy a parking space. There are different prices for cars and motorcycles and caravans and motorhomes. Car parking at the Adrspach Rocks costs 180 CZK (€7.60) on a website or 250 CZK (€ 10.60) when you arrive. If you visit during the low season, the parking space for a car will cost you only 50 CZK (€2.12).

The parking fee is valid all day from 7 am until 9 pm. If you want to park overnight, there is an overnight rate of 100 CZK (€4.20) per hour.

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How much is the entrance fee at the Adrspach Rocks?

Adrspach is a protected nature park which is a popular tourist destination. From April 1, 2021, there is a new reservation system for Adrspach Rocks. This system limits the number of people who can get into the rocks. Because of that, do not forget to pre-book your tickets and a parking space. It saves you a lot of time and also avoids the disappointment of not exploring this place. We strongly recommend you book your tickets on their official website adrspasske skaly.cz.

When booking your tickets, select the day of your arrival and also the time. Choose from available slots (early morning, before noon or afternoon). Do not forget, if there are no online tickets, you cannot buy them at the information centre!

 

Adrspach Teplice Rocks entrance fee

 

Entrance fee to the Adrspach Teplice Rocks

The entrance fee to the Adrspach Teplice Rocks is 130 CZK (€5.50) for an adult during the main season (1.7.2023 – 31.8. 2023) when booked online. If you visit this rock city during the high season (1.4. – 30.6 or 1. 9. 2023 – 31. 10. 2023), expect to pay 120 CZK for your ticket for an adult. Adults pay only 110 CZK if they visit this place between 1.11. 2023 and 31.3. 2023.

Adrspach prices

If you do not pre-book your tickets online and you manage to buy them at the tourism office, it will cost you much more. During the summer, the entry fee to the Adrspach Rocks at the tourism office is 200 CZK for adults and 180 CZK in April, May, June, September and October. If you visit rock city during the low season, it will cost you only 130 CZK.

There is a reduced entrance fee to Adrspach Teplice Rocks for children under 15, students 26 and younger and also senior citizens (65+). The family ticket to this rock city (2 adults and 2 children) is 310 CZK (low season), 340 CZK (high season) or 370 CZK (summer).

 

GOOD TO KNOW:

Do not forget to keep your ticket – there is a fee for a lost ticket of 1000 CZK  (€42). If you visit this rock city with a dog, expect to pay an extra 50 CZK (€2).

 

What to do if the tickets to the Adrspach Rocks are sold out?

You can also buy your tickets to the Adrspach Rocks when you arrive, but there is a big risk of not getting any (which happened to us). If it happens to you, catch a local train from Adrspach to Teplice (1 stop) and try to buy your entry ticket to Adrspach Teplice Rocks at the tourist information centre. Don’t forget to keep your train ticket as you will get a discount when you purchase your ticket to Adrspach Teplice Rocks.

Adrspach to Teplice rocks

Alternatively, drive to nearby Teplice and park at the entrance of the Teplice Rocks (300 m) and catch a train (or walk) on the way back from Adrspach.

When you buy your ticket, you can explore both (Teplice and Adrspach Rocks) on the same day. However, you should know that you need to follow the marked path from Teplice to Adrspach rocks through the forest. The views are gorgeous, and it takes about 1 hour and a half to get to Adrspach. You will get a map at the tourist centre.

 

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Adrspach Teplice Rocks

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