Edmund's Gorge and Wild Gorge
Should the ranking of the most attractive tourist experiences in Bohemian Switzerland is made up, Edmund's Gorge and Wild Gorge on the Kamenice River near village Hrensko would certainly come first. For more than one hundred years, those who want to feel age-old link between earth and water stream to this place. A crevasse, on the bottom of which the water surface dimly gleams, is breathtaking scenery for a hike. When visitors want to manage the hike with dry feet, they walk under ledges, across narrow footbridges, through tunnels and bends; they admire fanciful shapes of stone works of nature — e. g. Fort in the Edmund's Gorge — they are astonished by sheer rock walls, which are upholstered by moist moss.
However, the highlight of a journey is boating. The audience of an age-old theatre sit amazed on board, and while they, with a sigh of relief, let themselves be entertained by tales of a tricksy punt-pole-man, here their eyes wander to stone giants, which subsided to the gorge bottom a great deal of thousands years ago and water covered them softly, and there to sandstone walls, which are glittering and smooth as a mirror in some places and crannied and rugged by never-ending erosion, finely beaten water chisels as well as skilfully shaped water hammers, in other places. The rocky canyon often incises up to one hundred and fifty metres deep and the view upwards from the boat only confirms the transience of human life. The boating, whose length is nearly one kilometre and a half, through both gorges is also a kind of time machine, because the first tourists tilted back on very similar boats that were always only hand-operated as early as 1890.