Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Rock Town

Rock climbers and nature lovers, get ready to plan your trip to Europe. In the northeastern part of the Czech Republic is a hidden oasis of sandstone formations Adršpach-Teplice Rocks, also known as the Czech “rock town.” It’s located near the villages of Adršpach and Teplice nad Metují.

A national nature reserve since 1933, this is a popular destination for rock climbers. The area features well-marked paths through pine forests and valleys where hikers can see waterfalls, hawks, and even Siberia.

That’s right – Siberia. There is a section of the reserve that is much cooler than the rest and has a variety of plants that typically grow at higher attitudes and lower temperatures.

With imaginative names for the rock formations like Giant’s Armchair, Sugar Cone, the Guillotine and Medusa’s Head, it’s no wonder this is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Though you do have to pay to get into the reserve, you’ll find it an amazing journey through nature.

-Heather Tinley, Opera Colorado Marketing Coordinator

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