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Places of Interest along the Ridgeway

Historical Town Hall
01_Rathaus_Zittau.jpg The 770 years old baroque Town Hall on the Three-Country-Point impresses with a worth watching ensemble of town planning. The Town Hall was built in 1845 in the style of the italian renaissance. Show on Map Website
  Green Ring
02_Gruener_Ring.jpg The Zittau Path of Monuments connects since 1914 52 sights: Marstall, Butcher Bastion with flower clock, municipal swimming pool, Big Lenten Veil of Zittau from 1472 ... Show on Map Website
  German Damask- and Towelling-Museum 03_Damastmuseum.jpg Unique in the textile village Großschönau are the valuable Damasks, noble tapestries from three centuries, a show workshop and as a special rarity of hand-towelling-loom. Show on Map Website

04_Naturparkhaus_Waltersdorf.jpg Here you find an information- and visitor-centre for the Nature-Park „Zittau Mountains“ in the historical building „Niederkretscham“ with a permanent show and the Tourist-Information. Show on Map Website
  Hill „Lausche“
793 m
05_Lausche.jpg The prominent phonolite conus is the highest mountain in the Nature-Park „Zittau Mountains“. From here you have a gorgeous view: Erz Montains, bohemian low mountain range, Lusatian Mountains, Upper Lusatia. Show on Map Website
  Castle and Monatery
Hill Oybin, 514 m
06_Burg_Oybin.jpg A beauty spot in Saxony. The rock which looks like a beehive is crowned with the romantic ruins of the bohemian monatery complex from the 14. century. Show on Map Website

Prospect Hill „Hochwald“
749 m
07_Hochwald.jpg From the plateau of the „Hochwald-Mountain-Hut“ and the in the year of 1892 built tower a grandiose panorama view opens to the nothern bohemian mountains, which inspired estwhile C. D. Friedrich. Show on Map Website
  Natural Monument „Kelchstein“ Oybin 07_Hochwald.jpg A landmark of the Nature-Park „Zittau Mountains“. Impressive is the scenery with many everybodies phantasie inspiring rock-figures: monk, lokomotive, satans head, stone roses. Show on Map     Millstone-Quarry
Health Resort Jonsdorf
09_Muehlsteinbrueche_Jonsdorf.jpg A nature trail leads to evidences of the 350 years old history of sandstone-mines to manufacuture millstones and to the geological monuments „Big and Small Organ“. Show on Map

Health Resort Jonsdorf
10_Nonnenfelsen_Jonsdorf.jpg Through the so called „Gypsy-Rooms“ the most beautiful climbing leads to very bizarre rocks with viewpoint, via ferrata and to the in the year of 1860 first built Mountain Inn. Show on Map
  Lake Olbersdorf 11_Olbersdorfer_See.jpg On the 60 hectare large lake, a mining following landscape, in the midst of the Nature-Park, walkers, cyclist, bathers and water sportsmen have found their own oasis. Show on Map Website   Heavens Bridge
12_Himmelsbruecke_Hainewalde.jpg The in the year of 1832 built Mandau-Bridge is manufacutured of sandstone-squares; in vernacular it is called „Ox-Bridge“; this is an emblem in the location of Hainewalde. Show on Map

Kranitz – Crypt
13_Gruft_Hainewalde.jpg This is one of the most magnificent baroque crypt-chappels in the Upper Lusatia from 1715. From the Mandau-bikeway a short trip to the church-yard is advisable. Show on Map Website
  Upper Lausatia
half-timbered houses
14_Oberlausitzer_Umgebindehaeuser.jpg This kind of buildings are singular in Europe; this from the 17. - 20. century manufacutred architecture is formative for the places. Worth watching are: Bertsdorf, Hainewalde, Großschönau, Waltersdorf, Health Resort Jonsdorf. Show on Map Website
15_Barfussweg_Mittelherwigsdorf.jpg An experience with 15 stations: barefooted in the grass, on pepple stones, brush wood, in deep mud and with some curage through the river Mandau. Show on Map Website

Big Stone, 471 m
16_Grosser_Stein_Leutersdorf.jpg This is a geological rarity on the Lausatian Mountains path. The silhouette of the smaller peaks looks like the profile of the poet J. W. von Goethe – and so it is called „Goethe-Head“. Show on Map Website
  White Stone
17_Weisser_Stein_Spitzkunnersdorf.jpg A 6 m high quartz rock in the wood is in the colloquial speech called „Karasek-Cave“. This is the place where the robber chief Karasek met once upon a time met his people. Show on Map Website
18_Leinenwebertag_Seifhennersdorf.jpg An interesting experience day for families offers the „Karasek-Museum“ in Seifhennersdorf with market bustle and many things to learn about the tradition of Hand-Linen-Weavery. Show on Map

Potter-Mountain-Hut, 582 m
19_Toepferbaude_Oybin.jpg Built in the year of 1860 as the first of its kind in the „Zittau Mountains“. Best sight to photograph from the rock portal to splendid rock buildings like the so called „Incubating Hen“. Show on Map Website
  Narrow-gauge Railway
20_Zittauer_Schmalspurbahn.jpg Since 1890 the narrow-gauge railway drives every day through the „Zittau Mountains“. You can experience this traditional steam engine in the stations in Bertsdorf and Olbersdorf. Show on Map Website

Jizerka The highest mountain settlement located in the Jizera Mountains. Formerly a glassmaking centre, now an important tourist crossroad. Its dominant feature is Mt. Bukovec. Show on Map Website   Rašeliniště Jizerky
(Jizerka Moorland)
22_Moor_von_Jizerka.jpg Protected moorlands along the meandering of the Jizera River and their tributaries, with the oldest nature trail in the Jizera Mountains. Show on Map Website 
  Na Čihadle 23_Na_Cihadle .jpg Reservation featuring endangered flora (Scheuchzeria palustris) and fauna (Black Grouse, Common Rosefinch) and characteristic peaty pools. Show on Map Website

  Krásná Maří 24.jpg One of the best known Jizera Mountain lookouts, above the gorge of Velký Štolpich. From the rock there is an entrancing view of the Frýdlant promontory and Upper Lusatia.  Show on Map Website     The Jizera Mountain Beechwood Forest 25.jpg A favourite location among tourists and climbers. It includes a number of rock formations, lookouts, memorials, and  the highest waterfall in the Jizera Mountains, called Velký Štolpich. Show on Map Website   Oldřichov Groves and Rocks 26_Naturlehrpfad.jpg Rock maze with granite rocks above the wild valley of Oldřichov stream, featuring a number of remarkable rock massifs, towers, and rock lookouts. Show on Map Website

27_Stausee_Kristina.jpg Quarry lake not far from Hrádek nad Nisou; today it serves as a recreational area for swimming, surfing, and practicing other water sports. Show on Map Website
  Grabštejn Castle  28_Burg_Grabstein.jpg Original Gothic-style castle from the 13th century, situated a short way from Hrádek nad Nisou. There is a valuable Renaissance chapel of St. Barbara, with precious illumination and movables. Show on Map Website   Protržená přehrada (Ruptured Dam) 29_Talsperre.jpg Remains of the dam which ruptured in 1916 and swept away part of the nearby town, Desná. The remains remind us of the biggest dam disaster in the history of the Czech lands. Show on Map Website

Přehrada Souš
(The Souš Reservoir)
30_Talsperre_Sous.jpg Reservoir with an earth-filled dam on the Black Neisse River; it supplies drinking water for Jablonec nad Nisou and Tanvald. Show on Map Website
  Černá Studnice
31_Schwarzbrunnenberg.jpg Dominant peak of the landscape around Jablonec nad Nisou. At the top, there is a tourist chalet with a stone lookout tower. Show on Map Website
  Jablonec nad Nisou
32_Jablonec.jpg Town well-known for making glass and costume jewellery; it is a gateway into the Jizera Mountains. It features extraordinary Art Nouveau sights, and is the cultural and sport centre of the area. Show on Map Website

Rašovka 33_Aussichtsturm_Rasovka.jpg 19,5 m high brick lookout tower with a view of the Jizera Mountains and the Giant Mountains. It was built in place of a burnt-down inn, „V Trnčí“, in 2006. Show on Map Website   Mt. Ještěd 34_Jested.jpg It is the dominant feature of Northern Bohemia, and a symbol of Liberec with a ski centre on its slopes. At the top there is a television transmitter and a hotel awarded the Perret Prize for architecture. Show on Map Website   Kryštofovo Údolí
(Kryštof Valley)
35_Christofsgrund.jpg Village monument zone 8 km from Liberec. There is an early Baroque-style wooden church and Museum of Nativity Scenes. Another curiosity is the first rural astronomical clock. Show on Map Website

Sloní kameny
(The Elephant Rocks)
36_Elefantensteine.jpg White, rounded rock formations which bear a resemblance to the backs of giant resting elephants.  Several small blocks form a moderate rock city. Show on Map Website
  Ruin of Roimund Castle
37_burgruine_roimund.jpg Remains of the 14th-century castle, which served as a base of marauding expeditions to Upper Lusatia. Parts of the fortification, moat, and rampart are preserved. Show on Map Website
  Ruin of Starý Falkenburk Castle 38_Burgruine_Falkenburg.jpg Remnants of the 14th-century castle, featuring noticeable remains of a gate and palace, an oval pit – probably the remains of a tower – and part of a peripheral wall, which have survived to this day. Show on Map Website

39_Hochwald.jpg One of the most important hills in the Lusatian Mountains. The lookout tower at the top provides a beautiful panoramic view of the Zittau Mountains, the Jizera Mountains, and the Giant Mountains. Show on Map Website
40_Lausche.jpg The highest point of the Lusatian Mountains provides a magnificent view from the Ore Mountains to the Jizera Mountains, to Poland and Germany. There is an observation platform at the top. Show on Map Website