On the site of the original castle from the 14th century, built on a monumentally high cliff, stands the Hrubá Skála Chateau. Reconstruction of the castle changed it into a more comfortable noble Renaissance residence in the second half of the 16th century and in the middle of the 19th century it was again regothicised. In the same region of the sandstone plateau stands a church built in romantic Gothic, from which a connecting bridge with valuable Baroque statues leads to the chateau. The chateau is a private hotel today (in our Rambling through the Bohemian Paradise route!), but visitors may enter the courtyard and the tower with its wonderful view.
The nearest vicinity of the Chateau provides tours in a rock city, the arboretum in Bukovina, the rock passage called Myší díra (the Mouse Hole) or a visit to the cave called Adamovo lože (Adam‘s Bed). You will obtain the most beautiful view of the chateau as well as one of the most beautiful views of Český ráj itself from the nearby Mariánská vyhlídka (a viewpoint).
Rock town Hrubá Skála
A plateau with a rock city of the same name (called „Skalák“ by the rock climbers). Hrubá Skála rock city consists of about 400 sandstone towers. Some of them are 60 meters high (380 meters above the sea level). This rock city is divided into four major areas: Dračí skály (Dragon´s rocks) and Zámecká rokle (the Chateau gorge), Kapelník (Conductor), Maják (Lighthouse) and Údolíčka (Valleys). Below the Mariánská viewpoint, there is a symbolic cemetery of dead climbers (Expedition Peru and others). Vyskeř hill (465 meters) and the surroundings of Hrubá Skála (424 meters) dominate above the rock blocks. The Golden Path of the Bohemian Paradise and a 4 km long instructive path with a number of viewpoints lead along the way in the upper part of the plateau.