Visit Grand Canyon, Alps and taste Latin American cuisine not far from PragueNalynn Dolan Caine ▼ | August 1, 2019
The central region of The Czech Republic, Bohemia, makes travel across all continents possible.
The Czech Republic Czech's hidden treasures
The Northwest landscape of Karlstejn is known as "the Czech Alps" because of its natural features. Geographically speaking, those mountains are part of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Germany, and when the Swiss artists Adrian Zingg and Anton Graff said the region reminds of Switzerland and their Alps, the name was born.
The region is also known as Bohemian Switzerland, which is the German name for the same mountain range. Bohemian Switzerland is home to the Pravčická brána, Europe’s largest sandstone rock arch. Fire Rock, a sun-shaped sphere of rock is believed by some to have been shaped by a lightning strike.
The region is known by a phenomenon known as climatic inversion. Here, cold air concentrates near the bottom of canyons and gorges, where alpine and subalpine species thrive, while higher slopes host species more accustomed to warmer climes.
Near Morina village you will find a favourite spot of Czech filmmakers, Velka Amerika (Big America). Velka Amerika is an 800 metres long, 200 metres wide and 100 metres deep abandoned limestone quarry with an 18-metre deep lake on the bottom.
Nearby is also Little America. It is a smaller limestone quarry which is also flooded with crystal clear waters.
In between the two lies Mexico. Have no worries, there are no walls and borders there. It is just another quarry in this region.
To make the journey across continents complete visit the Blackdog Cantina restaurant located in the center of Prague on a beautiful square next to the Vltava River to taste Latin American cuisine.
For the end don't miss the Koněprusy Caves located a mere 30km from Prague, the largest complex of caves in the Czech Republic steeped in many a myth and legend, that will take you 400 million years back in time to the Devonian era. ■