Rock formations

Rájec Rocks –  they link to the Tisá Rocks near the Rájec hamlet in the north-west. They are formed of a hard sandstone massif with rock  towers. The northern part is called Bird’s Walls, to the north the rocks continue into the Rájec valley.

Ostrov Rocks – north-east of Tisá there is a border hamlet called Ostrov (local part of Tisá), surrounded by the Ostrov Rocks. The rocks and towers rising to a height of sometimes 20 m are of a very hard sandstone rock which makes them very popular with climbers.

Milenci (“Lovers”) – two rock giants on the shoulder of the Vaňovský Hill, which managed to resist weathering effects, as there are particularly solid rocks here, similar to basalt, i.e. rare monchiquite.

Samotář (“Loner”) – From the distant shoulder of the Vysoký Ostrý Hill,  their mate looking at the Lovers is a 20 m high rock giant called Loner, as if it envied them. This is a denuded monchiquite rock bole modelled by the wind, water and the sun.

Panenská Rock, Josefínka – 367 m high  fabulous steep rock projection on the eastern shoulder of Vaňovský Hill. Its three rocks are allegedly three enchanted girls who  enticed River Elbe sailors with  their singing. The gods got angry with them and had them petrified. Another legend tells a story of a different rock with the appearance of a sitting woman in a Gothic bonnet, Josefínka, who is looking at the river while her stone tears run down to the valley. In the past, her feet were washed by the River Elbe and a friend used to stand next to her. Over time, water   undermined him and ice floats completed the destruction. He collapsed into the river-basin with a big roar. Local people called him the river dog. For a long time it was a dangerous place for ships until the rising level of the River Elbe completely buried it once the sluices had been completed.

Volská Mountain – 309 m high forested basalt hill rising above Stadice. The legend goes that Přemysl´s two bulls disappeared in the mountain after Přemysl the Ploughman had unhitched them to join Princess Libuše. Since that time, muck has been running out of the mountain and  the bull’s lowing can be heard.

The Kanon - rock formation - the stretch of the Elbe valley between Ústí and Děčín is clenched by the surrounding hilly terrain. The far-stretching broad ridge lying between the cadastres of Krásné Březno and Neštěmice end up in a tongue of land currently called Kanon. Part of a rocky slope descending steeply to the Elbe, has been quarried for in modern times, and a water utility was built on the Kanon as early as in 1900. Moreover, the venue has a long and interesting history. Archaeological findings show that, at the site, a fortified settlement was set up at the local promontory as early as in the Early Bronze Age. A historic survey proves the existence of Wendic and - later on - Slovanic culture. In the 9th through 10th centuries, a sentry site of an ancient settlement, was set up at today´s Kanon, i.e. close to the Elbe path connecting Bohemia with Saxony.

Trpasličí kameny (671 m) – fabulous rocks near Němčí (620 m), which is the highest located settled hamlet in the Bohemian Uplands.

Kukla (674 m) – A remarkable peak near the Němčí hamlet linked with a hypothesis according to which its name indicates that there used to be a Celtic ritual place.