Explore the Tisa Walls Labyrinth, situated on the outskirts of Tisa village in northern Bohemia amidst the protected Elbe Sandstone Mountains landscape. Discover this captivating rock formation, nestled at elevations of up to 613 meters, and unveil an unforgettable adventure. A testament to millions of years of transformation, the region has evolved into an area adorned with rock walls, crevices, columns, canyons, ravines, caves, overhangs, and sandstone towers.
Tisa village has been alongside the rocky city since the 16th century, earning its name from the abundant yews that once thrived there – a motif reflected in the village emblem. Tourists began flocking here in the 19th century, and Tisa's rocks gradually transformed into a bustling tourist destination. Inns and stalls were built, pathways for tourists were marked, and local guide services became highly sought after.
Today, it's not just tourists who relish the unspoiled nature, but also cyclists, skiers, and rock climbers. Rock climbers particularly gather at Tisa's cliffs in great numbers, and thousands of tourists visit annually. For a quieter Tisa Walls Labyrinth hike experience, consider visiting the rocky city early in the morning or during the off-season.
Tisa Walls are a canvas for human imagination. Gaze upon the sandstone towers, each with a unique name, and you'll find that the chosen names truly resonate with their sculpted rock formations. From "Cave of the Monster" to "Loaded Elephant", these names have evolved since the 19th century.
Exploring the labyrinth is made easy through two circuits: "Small Walls" and "Big Walls". The pathways between the rocks are undemanding and highly pleasant. A more challenging ascent awaits only at the "Tourist Hut" section. Bring your children along – the walk will enchant them, with no inherent danger. Tisa Walls offer splendid views of the open landscape, Tisa village, Central Bohemia Uplands, Ore Mountains, wind turbines, and much more.
As you journey on your Tisa Walls Labyrinth hike, the rocks, boulders, and stones become your companions, entertaining you throughout. Traverse through smaller rock gaps like "Slimness Test" and "Tailor's Alley". Even the spaces between rock formations have names, like "Knight's Hall", showcasing the most astonishing relief decorations in Tisa Walls – hollows, mosaic-like formations, latticework, stalactite-like structures, and iron stripes. Nestled in a narrow fissure lies a wedged boulder within the "Cowshed" cleft.
Embark on a Tisa Walls Labyrinth hike and you'll suddenly find yourself in a city with streets and squares. You'll venture into places where kestrels, reed buntings, ravens, low pines, twisted birches, ferns, hawkweeds, and wild roses flourish. Don't worry, at the ticket counter, you'll receive a map to orient yourself and avoid wandering amidst the rocks like characters from local legends.
In ancient times, myths and tales were as intertwined with the Tisa Walls as wanderers themselves. Becoming lost amid the rock formations was all too easy in this wild and mysterious landscape, invoking a natural reverence. One legend speaks of a French nobleman named Leduquin, who brought a treasure here during the times of revolutionary France. He buried the treasure within the rocks, but he could never find the spot again. He wandered amongst the stones until he lost his sanity, resorting to curing the villagers' livestock for sustenance. The guardianship of the treasure was assumed by the rocky goblins, who remain unwilling to relinquish it. They entice seekers into perilous places, sprinkle them with lost spices, ensuring that none can escape the clutches of the Tisa Walls.
Another tale unfolds about dwarves residing within the caverns. Driven by their dwarven determination to unearth gemstones and precious metals, they constructed an underground city within the Tisa Walls. Accumulating a significant fortune, they initially befriended humans and boasted of their wealth. But soon, they recognized the greed, avarice, and envy of most. They chose to safeguard their riches deep within the earth, and dealt with humans on their terms. The virtuous were aided, while the wicked met cruel retribution.
The Tisa Walls leapt into the collective consciousness in recent years due to scenes from "The Chronicles of Narnia" film series being shot here. The Tisa Walls served as the snowy backdrop for the White Witch's icy reign, forbidding Christmas celebrations. Inches of snow during winter, set against the sandstone cliffs, became the ideal canvas for director Andrew Adamson's vision in collaboration with Walt Disney Pictures. Lucy, a character from the film, visits the cave of Mr. Tumnus in this mystical landscape. "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" etched itself into the history of the Tisa Walls, inviting you to cherish the memories of your visit or anticipate the time when you will explore these enchanting landscapes.
Join us on an extraordinary journey! Walk among the clouds on the iconic Bastei Bridge, gazing at the Elbe River Canyon's breathtaking beauty. Then, step into myths and mysteries at the Tisa Walls Labyrinth, where legends of treasure and mythical beings come alive. Whichever you choose, these adventures promise unforgettable memories and awe-inspiring moments. Don't miss out—join us today!