Kokořínsko Protected Landscape Area

Our recommended trip

Kokořínsko is not the easiest place to reach by public transport and if we don’t have access to a car, the best starting point for our trip where we can find bus and railway stations is the town of Mšeno. From the square in the town we can follow the well-known Cinibulkova stezka themed trail. The first section of the trail leads us to Romanov and passes a Neoclassicist chapel, and continues through the forest to a rock formation called Prolezovačky (Children’s climbing Frame), and to a rock outcrop with views over the area. The second section of the trail takes us to the castellated rocks called Bludiště, which means a “maze” and the name is very appropriate. If you follow the tourist signs you won’t get lost! After overcoming a variety of ladders and chains, the route continues to the gamekeeper’s cottage at Na Rovinách and on to the rock formations Obří hlava and Žába. These rocks gained their names as they look like a “giants head” and a “frog”, although it must be said that the hands of human sculptors helped the rocks to be more faithful to their names. From Obří hlava and Žába it is possible to return to Mšeno on the Cinibulk trail, but walkers with more energy shouldn’t miss the best known rock formation in the area - the Pokličky – Capstones or “Little lids”, which you can reach on the blue tourist trail. Pokličky were formed as a result of the erosive effects of wind and water, and their influence on the different layers of sandstone. The most resistant layer of quartz-rich sandstone forms the base of these “mushrooms”. Above this there is a layer of clayey sandstone which is softer and most prone to erosion and the upper layer, the Pokličky are of sandstone which is rich in iron oxides. The Pokličky formation is also accessible by stairway leading from the car park by the road through Kokořínský důl valley.

The area‘s castles, chateaux and ruins are also worth visiting. These include Kokořín and Ronov Castles and Houska Chateau. For those who prefer a younger art form you could visit the valley of the Liběchovka stream around Želízy and Tupadly. A blue tourist path will lead you on a tour of the works of Václav Levý. This sculptor carved his works of art directly into the sandstone rocks, and they include the Klácelka cave, Had (Snake), the Chapel of Mary Magdalene, Čertova hlava (Devil’s Head) or Harfenice – Lady Harpist.