Tisa to Děčínský Sněžník Plateau Hike

Walking from Tisa Rocks to Děčínský Sněžník along the German-Czech border
Walking from Tisa Rocks to Děčínský Sněžník along the German-Czech border

By Vicky · Published Sep. 25th, 2023 · Updated Sep. 27th, 2023

The walk from Tisa Rocks to Děčínský Sněžník Plateau has fantastic views over the rock columns and countryside of Bohemian Paradise.

Tisa to Děčínský Sněžník Plateau Hiking Map

Location

The walk from Tisa Rocks to Děčínský Sněžník starts from the car park next to Turistická Chata Tisá, a Bohemian restaurant. It’s very difficult to reach on public transport, but you can take a guided tour from Prague that visits Tisa Rocks* and other cool places nearby.

Tips for Děčínský Sněžník Plateau Walk

Děčínský Sněžník Walking Route

Walking in the snow in Bohemian Paradise

From the car park, head out along the track in the opposite direction from the restaurant. At the first junction, turn left along the track through the woods. This leads about 2 km through the forest to the German-Czech Border.

German-Czech Border

At the border, turn right to follow a short section of the Grenzweg (Border Way). In 500 metres, take the small path to the left to keep along the border, rather than continuing along the larger track. You’ll soon meet another section of track. Head straight along the track and into Germany. Take the first smaller trail on your right and it will lead you to the top of some lovely cliffs.

Views of rock columns in Bohemian Paradise at the German-Czech Border
On a walk in Bohemian Paradise, Czech Republic

The first viewpoint you’ll come to is the Grenzplatte, or boundary plateau viewpoint. As you continue to walk along the cliffs there are more great views across the valley to the dark rock columns on the other side.

The path follows the contours at the top. The route then continues sharply down to the right through a little valley. At the bottom you’ll reach a track and cross the river to a large junction. Turn right here along the small road.

On a walk in Bohemian Paradise, Czech Republic
Rock columns near Tisa on a walk in Bohemian Paradise, Czech Republic

Take the first path on the left to cut off a small corner in the road, then turn left when you meet the road again. There are more great views as you walk along this track, which heads gradually upwards. Huge rock cliffs peer out of the trees on either side as you walk up and out of the valley again.

You’ll cross over the border again and continue onwards along some tracks to reach a larger road. Turn right here for a short distance before taking a track to the left. Follow this track and you’ll reach the base of the plateau surrounded by rocky cliffs.

Děčínský Sněžník

On a walk from Tisa Rocks to Děčínský Sněžník Plateau
Lookout tower at Děčínský Sněžník Plateau, on a walk in the Czech Republic
Views from Děčínský Sněžník Plateau, on a walk in Bohemian Paradise, Czech Republic

Děčínský Sněžník is a distinctive plateau from which there are great views. You can see the rest of Bohemian Paradise and into the German area called Saxon Switzerland. High Schneeberg is another name for Děčínský Sněžník, and it’s the tallest of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.

Head up the road and at the corner take the path to the right, which leads up to the top of the plateau. Walk along the edge of the cliffs until you reach the lookout tower. There’s a snack bar and restaurant at the base (open 10am-5pm every day Apr-Oct, weekends only Nov-Mar). Even if you don’t go up the tower, the views from the Děčínský Sněžník Plateau are great.

Views on a walk around Děčínský Sněžník Plateau

When you’re ready, take the small road to cut across the plateau to the other side, and turn left. At the corner there’s another viewpoint on your right, this time over the cliffs and wild forest of Bohemian Paradise. Head onwards and continue down the road off the plateau.

Keep walking along the road across the valley, then turn right at the small car park when you reach the woods on the other side. Following this trail will lead you through the woods, past some rocky cliffs and to a road. Turn right then almost immediately left. In about 500 metres, take the smaller path leading upwards to the left.

Walking through the Bohemian Paradise, Czech Republic
Walking through the Bohemian Paradise, Czech Republic

This path winds up through the rock cliffs. There’s a viewpoint to the right out on the rocks – be careful if you climb up these as it can be slippery. A little further onwards, turn right when you meet the track. This track will lead you back to the car park and the end of the walk from Tisa to Děčínský Sněžník.


Guidebooks to explore more of the Czech Republic


Remember to check out the walk through Tisa Rocks to explore the labyrinth of cliffs on the other side of the car park. Alternatively, discover the Bastei Bridge or Königstein Fortress just across the border in Germany, or check out our Czech Hiking Page.

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