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Svatošské skály (Svatoš Rocks)

 

Category: Points of Interest Region: Karlovy Vary and its surroundings Town: Karlovy Vary

 

The Ohře (Eger) River has dug through the granite massif of the Slavkov Forest between Loket and Karlovy Vary, creating a deep canyon. The rock theatre is closed at the end of the canyon by the beautiful Svatoš Rocks.

The rocks reach up to 50 m and they are fractured into massive stone pillars and pyramids, with a complex system of cracks and crevices, which the human fantasy turned into a “wedding procession”. That is why a number of tales about Jan Svatoš (in German: Hans Heiling) and a wedding procession turned into stones developed in the past. Individual rock formations have been even named after wedding guests.

The “rock town” was declared a “protected nature creation” for its uniqueness already in 1933 and in 2007 the Svatoš Rocks were declared the National Nature Monument. The protected features here are the geo-morphologically unique granite formations with fragments of the original pine woods and the occurrence of rare and endangered plant species. The Svatoš Rocks attract great numbers of tourists, rock climbers and paddlers regularly.

You can enjoy them by walking or riding a bike along a 10 km long tourist trail by the Ohře (Eger) River from Loket to Karlovy Vary.

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