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Category: Region, Local time: 12:05:14, Altitude: 388m

Kokorinsko is a tourist region in the Czech Republic. It is characterized by sandstone formations, valleys and conifer forests. It is located in the Czech Republic , near Mělník , approximately 40 km to the north of the capital city Prague . The name is derived from the name of a distinctive castle Kokořín , one of dominating landmarks in the region. The nature in the area of Kokorinsko is protected. The Protected Landscape Area Kokorinsko includes 272 km2.


As for hiking and cycling, the region of Kokorinsko ranks among the most attractive areas in the Czech Republic.There is a well-developed system of marked tourist trails and cycling routes, of which one of the most popular is the Mácha´s Trail, named after Karel Hynek Mácha, the famous poet.The sandstone formation, forested valleys and hills with lookout towers are considered as ideal setting for leisure time activities.The region of Kokorinsko is a perfect destination, recommendable in particular for spring, autumn and summer seasons. You can swim, for example, in the swimming-pool Mělník , swimming pool in the Town Spa Centre Mšeno , or in Bělá pod Bezdězem .Moreover, at the border of the region of Kokorinsko you can spend quite a while at Mácha´s Lake .


The romantic and mysterious landscape has been great inspiration for writers and poets for centuries.Numerous castles, castle ruins and chateaus are attractive for their long history and mysterious legends. It is worth exploring local distinctive folk architecture as well. The most significant monuments in the region of Kokorinsko are, for example, the Kokořín Castle , Houska Castle , Helfenburk Castle , Ronov Castle and, without doubt, the Bezděz Castle , once a royal residence, situated at the border of the region of Kokorinsko. You can find out more about the local history and interesting localities in museums, e.g. in the Mšeno Museum , Karel Hynek Mácha´s Museum and Monument or in the exposition installed in Vísecká Rychta .

Unique lookout points

The area of Kokorinsko is distinctive with numerous lookout points which provide gorgeous views of the countryside. The most popular of them are the lookout tower on the top ofVrátenská Hora , the rock lookout point called Čap , the towers in Kokořín and Bezděz castles, the lookout point on top of Korecký Vrch , the top of the Ronov hill and the castle ruin called Starý Bernštejn .

Important places in the area of Kokorinsko

The main tourist attraction in the region is the Kokořín Castle, situated ten kilometres from the city of Mělník. The history of the castle is rather sad. The site - the original fortress - was first mentioned in the first half of the fourteenth century. Despite good defense, in the turbulent 15th century the fortress was captured by the Hussites, who plundered it. Since the end of the sixteenth century, the castle was dilapidating. The situation did not turn to better until the end of the nineteenth century when the ruin was bought by Špaček family, who had it reconstructed. In the 1950s, under the communists, the castle was nationalized. It was returned to the Špaček family in 2006.

Houska Castle

The Houska Castle is considered as a chateau as well. It is located at the eastern side of the area of Kokorinsko. It was first mentioned at the beginning of the fourteenth century but it is obvious that it had been built much earlier. During the centuries it went from hands to hands - it was a residence of various noble families. The castle was remodeled several times. Its today´s Renaissance look comes from the end of the 16th century - since then, rather than a castle it is considered a chateau. From 1700, the Houska was not maintained and it was dilapidating, in fact, until 1823. At the beginning of the twentieth century it was bought by Šimonek family, who had it reconstructed. During the Second World War, the Houska was confiscated by the Nazis, who used it as a book storage. In the 1970s, the Houska was the settings for the album recorded by the Plastic People of the Universe, a cult music band of that period. The Houska was returned to the Šimonek family by the end of the 20th century. They had it reconstructed and the castle was then opened to the public. The Houska Castle is connected with numerous legends. According to one of them, the place under the chapel is the entrance point to the hell.

Bezděz Castle

Just a few kilometers from the Houska Castle, there is the Bezděz Castle, former royal residence. It was founded in the second half of the 13th century by King Přemysl Otakar II. In 1279 it was used as a jail for Václav, later the king Václav II. During the following centuries the castle served for various purposes. Its attractive position and mysterious look inspired several significant writers and poets, e.g. the poet Karel Hynek Mácha. In the second half of the twentieth century the castle was reconstructed and open to the public.

Vrátenská Hora and rock formations

Vrátenská Hora is a hill, 508 metres high, with a modern lookout tower which offers splendid panoramic views of the surrounding area.When the weather is good, you can admire the silhouette of the mount called Říp and the Bezděz Castle. Anyway, there are a lot of other beautiful places in the area of Kokorinsko that are worth visiting, e.g. sandstone formations with rock towers and beautifully shaped rocks. One of these truly unique formations was named Pokličky (in Czech: Little Lids) . It is located near the town Mšeno .

Tourist services

There are several tourist information centres in this region, most of them in the towns.The towns provide a wide range of accommodation facilities. The area of Kokorinsko is known for numerous campsites. In the villages, besides pensions, accommodation is offered in private houses as well. The towns provide other standard services, such as ATMs, health care (if needed) , etc. Mass transportation within the region of Kokorinsko is mostly provided by Kokořínský SOK s.r.o., the company administered by the Association of Municipalities in the region of Kokorinsko. The region is lined with railways that connect the biggest towns - Mělník and Litoměřice, Litoměřice and Česká Lípa, Česká Lípa , Doksy and Mladá Boleslav, and Mladá Boleslav and Mělník. Many railway stations are good starting points for trips.

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GPS: 50.5093, 14.5404
Altitude: 388 m
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