Rock town Adrspach
Written by Nikola Vachalova
Rock town Adrspach- Adrspassko-teplicke skalni mesto is one of the largest continuous rock massifs in central Europe. This unique labyrinth of sandstone rocks of incredible shapes and with original names is also the most frequently visited place in Kladske pomezi.
The Adrspach rocks are characterized by the densely spaced sandstone towers, ravines, narrow walkways and rock walls. The various formations, sculpted in the sandstone by the forces of nature, were given romantic names such as Milenci (Lovers), Dzban (Jug), Starosta a Starostova (Mayor and his wife), Homole cukru (Sugar loaf), etc. A small reservoir named Adrspasske jezirko was built on the Metuje River flowing through the upper part of Vlci gorge. Visitors of this place can take a row boat ride across the reservoir and admire Velky vodopad- Great waterfall. The Adrspach rock castle located on the top of Starozamecky peak offers a spectacular view of the major part of the Adrspach rocks.
The first mention of tourism in the area dates back to the 18th century when visitors came there to admire the rock town and romantic secluded places. Today we can find there more than 5 kilometres of well-maintained walkways meandering through the most popular rock formations. The first mention of local climbing comes from the 20th century. Mountain climbing or sandstone climbing in the Adrspach-Teplice rocks reached its greatest popularity in the second half of the 20th century. Nowadays it still remains a popular climbing destination not only for experienced climbers but there is also an offer of many courses for beginners. It is worth mentioning that this place provides a great inspiration for artistic work. It became a favourite object for many film makers thanks to its extraordinariness. As a great example, we can state filming of some passages of the film adaptation of a fantasy novel by C. S. Lewis Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
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