The Wild Gorge Hike (Via Pravcicka Brana)

Author: Celine Brewer

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If you love impressive natural monuments, looming cliffs, sweeping vistas, deep forests and lazy boat rides through beautiful gorges, then we have an amazing hike for you. The Wild Gorge hike in Bohemian Switzerland provides some of the best scenery the Czech Republic has to offer.

The 20 km (12.5 mile) Wild Gorge hike includes a visit to Pravcicka Brana, which is the largest natural stone bridge in Europe. Including the short, but amazing boat rides, we hiked the full Wild Gorge hike with our kids in just over 6 hours. 

View along hike to Pravcicka Brana Bohemian Switzerland.

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Safety Alert

Due to a recent fire, Leg 2 of this hiking loop (Gabriella’s Path) is closed for safety reasons. We recommend you check the status of the Gabriella’s Path trail before heading out.

Highlights of the Hřensko Wild Gorge Hike

Leg 1 to Pravčická Brána

From the parking lot in Hřensko, it’s about a 1 mile (1.5 km) walk along the highway to the Pravcicka Brana trailhead. It’s not as bad as it sounds, there’s a pathway off to the side, there’s a stream running alongside and it’s deep in the forest.

Once on the trail (follow the red trail markers) we climbed uphill pretty steadily for about 1.2 miles (2km), until we reached the junction where you turn off to see Pravcicka Brana – the largest natural stone bridge in Europe.

The hiking trail to Pravčická Brána starts snaking upwards, higher and higher, over bridges and through caves, until you get your first glimpse of the archway. The Pravcicka Brana stone bridge is monstrous and is a truly amazing sight – well worth the effort to get up there. 

Hiking to Pravcicka Brana with kids in Bohemian Switzerland.
View of Pravcicka Prana Bohemian Switzerland Czech Republic.

At the top of this pathway is the Falcon’s Nest chateau, which is now home to a period restaurant. You pay a small fee to go past this point and continue along the trail to higher and presumably better viewpoints.

We arrived at this point at 9am, but the gate didn’t open until 10am. The gate was locked and we were forced to turn back. It’s not a big deal, we were able to get excellent views of the Pravcicka Brana arch on the hiking trails which were open and we were happy to continue our journey.

Leg 2 – Gabriella’s Path (Pravčická Brána to Mezní Louka)

We walked back to the junction and still following the red trail we continued east on Gabrielina Cesta (Gabriella’s Path). This is an exceptionally beautiful stretch of this Bohemian Switzerland hike.

On your left are towering sandstone cliffs, while on your right is deep forest, with views of the flat lands stretching out far below. Many of the rocks hug the pathway and are carved into fun shapes or into interesting stepping stones which the kids found fun to climb.

Hiking Gabrielina Cesta trail (Gabriella's Path) in Bohemian Switzerland Czech Republic with Kids.
Hiking Gabrielina Cesta trail (Gabriella's Path) in Bohemian Switzerland Czech Republic with Children.
  View of Bohemian Switzerland in the Czech Republic.

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As you near Menzi Louka, the red trail starts descending quite steadily. Once you get to town, walk east a block or so, past a playground, then turn right and start following the blue trail. This section is an enjoyable downhill walk through deep forest. 

Leg 3 – Wild Gorge Trail

After 15-20 minutes, you turn right onto the yellow trail. The Wild Gorge hike really becomes a lot of fun at this stage. Soon after joining the trail, you meet a river and the path starts to run parallel it.

You are now at the bottom of a deep gorge and are following the river flowing through it. The path alternates between being on land and on elevated wooden pathways over-top the river. The Bohemian Switzerland scenery here is insanely beautiful and it really is a special hike.

Hiking in Bohemian Switzerland with a toddler.
Trail in Edmond Gorge Bohemian Switzerland.

Soon, you will come to a little wooden hut followed by a boat dock. At this stage, you need to board a boat for a short boat ride down the Wild Gorge. Each adult needs to pay a small fee – check with the attendant in the hut whether you pay at the hut or on the boat.

The boats are powered by a guide who uses a long pole to propel the boat forwards. They will point out many interesting things along the way, but they will speak primarily in Czech. We were lucky to have some helpful translators on our boats.

All too quickly, the relaxing boat ride ends and the fun, riverside hike begins again. After about 15 minutes, you come to another hut and dock, where you repeat the process. The Wild Gorge boat rides are a lot of fun, but they are short so try to savor them while you are on them.

Once you disembark from the second boat, you begin the last 20 minute leg of the hike back into Hrensko. Enjoy the last few miles of this world-class family hike. The Wild Gorge hike was one of our favorite activities in our family road trip through the Czech Republic

Wild Gorge in Bohemian Switzerland with children.
Boat ride in Edmond Gorge with Children - Bohemian Switzerland in Czech Republic.
Trail in Edmond Gorge Bohemian Switzerland

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Wild Gorge Hiking Tips

What’s amazing about the Wild Gorge Loop hike is that from the point you pass the Pravcicka Brana junction, it transitions to a nice, easy level or downhill walk. From this point, the remaining 11 miles (18 km) to the end of the loop, there is hardly any noticeable uphill to walk at all. This makes it great for kids, as long as they are ok walking or being carried up to Pravcicka Brana.

For navigation, we used the Terra Maps Pro app to make sure we stayed on our intended path. We have since have transitioned to using the superior AllTrails hiking app. The Wild Gorge hiking trails are reasonably well marked, but there are a ton of hiking trails in the area and it’s not always clear which way you need to go. Having a hiking map on my phone really helped us a lot.

Dobongsan Trail Map on AllTrails

AllTrails Map

You can download the Hrensko – Pravčická Gate – Wild Gorge Loop map on AllTrails. You can also use it to check on the status of the Gabriella’s Path closure.

We were able to complete the Wild Gorge hiking loop in 6 hours. We enjoyed this Bohemian Switzerland hike in mid-April, so the boats were not very busy and we didn’t have to wait long. We understand the wait for the boats can be quite long in high season. We carried our kids (aged 2 & 4) most of the way, but we estimate they each walked around 3 miles (5km) each.

Note: There is no parking at the trailhead. You can park in Hresko or Menzi Louka and then walk to the trailhead or take the bus.

Our favourite hike we did in the Czech Republic! From incredible views to hiking through a gorge and a boat ride, this hike in Bohemian Switzerland has it all! #czechrepublic #bohemianswitzerland #travelwithkids #hikingwithkids #toddlertravel #traveltips
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Celine Brewer is a dedicated family travel blogger with a profound passion for helping families create unforgettable adventures together. Her blog blends captivating travel narratives with practical tips for family-friendly destinations and enjoying active travel with kids. As a mother of two, she understands the unique challenges of traveling with children and offers valuable insights to empower parents.

When Celine isn't traveling with her husband and two kids, she's either working on one of her three travel sites (Family Can Travel, Baby Can Travel and Travel Banff Canada) or out enjoying the majestic Canadian Rockies her family calls home.