full-day excursions (pre- and mid-conference) are planned to Saxonian - Bohemian Switzerland,
which is a transboundary National Park & Protected Landscape Area on both sides of the
Czech-German border. It is a typical erosion sandstone landscape known for the unique
Prebischtor rock bridge in Bohemian Switzerland or for table mountains in Saxonian
Switzerland. The old tourist tradition of this area dates
back to the period of romanticism, when Swiss and German painters "discovered"
this landscape, one of them was the famous Caspar David Friedrich
(1774 - 1840).
A 3-days post-conference tour will be
arranged to other sandstone regions in the Czech Republic: Kokorinsko Protected Landscape
Area (PLA), Cesky raj PLA and Broumovsko PLA - more information about these regions and
their location at Protected
Landscape Areas Administration.
excursion on 15 September, 2002 to the Saxonian
Switzerland (Sächsische Schweiz) National Park
Guided by National Park authorities
and Prof. Peter A. Schmidt (Dresden University of Technology)
part of Elbe Sandstone Mountains, being also called Saxon Switzerland
(Sächsische Schweiz), is situated to about 20 km SE of the capital
of Saxony Dresden and extends as far as to the German-Czech border.
Saxon Switzerland National Park consists of two component parts
of the Cretaceous sandstone area, which are located right-bank of
the Elbe river, covering an area of 93 km2.
will take place in the rear part of the National Park. The route
will lead from Bad Schandau (Elbe river valley) to mt. Großer Winterberg
(556 m a. s. l., the highest mountain in Saxon Switzerland easterly
of Elbe river) and to Schmilka (Elbe valley near Czech border).
and characteristic features and contents:
- geology (sandstone,
basalt), geomorphology (rocks, plateaus, gorges, canyon-shaped valleys
etc.), climate ("cellar climate", inversion etc.)
- flora (e. g. glacial and early post-glacial relics) and vegetation
close-to-natural forest ecosystems, man-made forests in transition
to more natural stands)
- objectives and management of the National Park (established in
Mid-conference excursion on 18
September, 2002 to the Bohemian Switzerland
(Ceske Svycarsko) National Park
Lead by Vaclav Cilek, Handrij Härtel et al.
Bohemian Switzerland National Park is a part of the
Elbe Sandstones area - a Cretaceous rock region on the Czech-German border. The excursion
route will lead from Mezni Louka to Hrensko into the core zone of the national park with
two optional routes:
The upper route is interesting especially from the geological,
geomorphological and landscape ecological point of view. It will lead on the cliffs of the
high sandstone walls with far views of the landscape of the Elbe Sandstones. The visit of
the famous Pravcicka brana (Prebischtor) - a unique sandstone rock bridge will be included
in this route. (Rather demanding route).
The lower route is more interesting from the biological point of
view. It will lead through the gorges of the Kamenice river with a deep canyon, cliffs and
climatic and vegetation inversion with specific flora. (Comfortable route).
On the way back from Hrensko a stop at Belveder in
the Elbe Sandstone Landscape Protected Area with a view of the deep canyon of the Elbe
river is planned.
tour on 19-22 September, 2002 to other sandstone regions in the Czech Republic:
Kokorinsko, Cesky raj and Broumovsko Protected Landscape Areas (PLA)
Lead by Lenka Koprivova, Radek Mikulas and local experts.
During the post-conference tour the participants
will have a posibility of visiting three different sandstone regions of the Czech
Republic. All these regions together with the Elbe Sandstones are a part of the Bohemian
20th September: Kokorinsko PLA -
a lowland region with a high geo-, bio- and landscape diversity north of Prague. The
landscape of acidic sandstones (characterised by species-poor acidophilous beech, pine-oak
and pine forests on sandstones) is locally enriched by the volcanic Tertiary hills (e.g.
Vlhost hill), calcium-rich sandstones and loess with rich flora and fauna of the herb-rich
beech, oak-hornbeam and termophilous oak forests. It bears a combination of thermophilous
and mesophilous biota. There are also wetlands of international importance (the Ramsar
site "Wetlands of Libechovka and Psovka Brooks") and harmonious combination of
rural settlements with landscape.
21th September: Cesky raj (Bohemian
Paradise) PLA - a sandstone region in the eastern part of the country with a high
diversity of geomorphological forms. The area is built by Turonian sandstones; locally,
Tertiary volcanic eruptions emerge forming isolated dominating summits (e.g. the Trosky
Castle). The original complex sandstone platform has been eroded into typical ”rocky
cities” with labyrinths of canyon-like valleys, rocks and pinnacles. Dry pine forests
prevail in the region. Cesky raj PLA is rich in architectural monuments such as castles
and chateaux as well as minor monuments of folk architecture.
22thSeptember: Broumovsko PLA
- a higher-altitude sandstone region in Northern-Eastern Czech Republic close to the
Polish border (continuing in Poland as the Gory Stolowe National Park). The central part
of the region is built by the Adrspach-Teplice Rock National Nature Reserve, which is the
best example of so called ”rock cities” in the Bohemian Cretaceous basin (over 100 m
high rock pillars) with extremely developed sandstone phenomenon incl. very strong
climatic and vegetation inversion (with montane and subalpine elements of flora). The
predominant vegetation in the Adrspach-Teplice rocks are pine and spruce forests (natural
in the narrow valleys).
The postconference tour will start on 19th
September in the afternoon in Doubice and will end in Prague on 22th
September at 17.00 at the railway station/underground or at 18:00 at the airport
The cost of the post-conference excursion is 3600
CZK or 125 Euro. It will be paid at the registration desk in cash.
As the registration for excursions in the
first circular was only preliminary, please fill in the confirmation of
participation. We cannot arrange participation at the excursions for those who
register later than 19th August 2002.