HistoryThe area of today's Kokořínsko was inhabited by ethic Germans until they were expelled from Czechoslovakia in 1945. Before the Germans were expelled, there were many German tourist clubs, which were looking for interesting places and building tourist infrastructure at such places. Kokořínsko with its castle from 14th and numerous canyons was one of such places.
Flora and faunaThere have been sightings of wolves in Kokořínsko, but you are unlikely to encounter them. There are some other interesting animals living here, such as Eurasian eagle-owl and common raven.
ClimateThe climate is the same as in the rest of the Czech Republic. An interesting feature of Kokořínsko area is that the higher you are, the warmer it is, i.e., temperature inversion.
By trainYou can use different railways to get to Kokořínsko. For the southern part, you can take a train to Mšeno. If coming from Prague, you will have to change trains in Mladá Boleslav. The railway from Mladá Boleslav to Mšeno is being repaired in 2018, so the train might be replaced by a bus - follow other train passengers.
For the northern part of Kokořínsko, the most useful stop is in Blíževedly. If coming from Prague, you will have to change trains in Lovosice. In both cases, use IDOS to find a suitable train.
By busThere is a bus going to every village in Kokořínsko several times a day, but you will have to change buses in Mělník if going from further away. Again, use IDOS to find the right bus.
By carWith your own car, you can easily get to the central towns of Kokořínsko, such as Kokořín and Dobřeň. It is permitted to use every paved road in the area and it is also easy to park thanks to the area's size. It takes about one hour to get here from Prague by car.
Fees and permits
By footThe area is an ideal opportunity to hike. When hiking, you can use dense network of marked tourist trails (three stripes on trees). The area is quite large, so you can plan long trips for many days, if this is your thing. Use mapy.cz in outdoor mode to see all the marked trails.
By carYou can go anywhere where a paved road go. Be careful, as the some roads are very narrow, and there are hikers on them during day and animals during night.
By busThere is a bus network between towns in Kokořínsko. Use IDOS to find a suitable bus.
PokličkyA huge rock formation resembling a lid (thus the name) with stairs leading from the road beneath it to the top. The climb is tough, but you can park your car just beneath it (there is also a bus station).
phone: +420 315 695 064Large castle from 14th century, worth visiting. For the interior, you can only take a guided tour included in the admission fee. It is possible to climb the tower for an extra 30 Kč.
Ronov castleAn unguarded castle ruin on top of a hill. Sunsets are very romantic here. An adventurous person can hide next to the former castle walls and sleep here, provided he has a sleeping bag and enough courage. You can walk here from Blíževedly train station.
HelfenburgAnother castle ruin. Features a preserved tower which you can climb on summer days. Great view.
Lookout tower Vrátenská HoraA modern lookout tower offering a nice view.
Zkaměnelý zámekAnother rock formations, supposedly resembling a castle turned to stone by evil wizard
Skalní bytySmall man-made caves carved into sandstone. Adventurous person can sleep here
- Wild-camp. Kokořínsko area is popular among people who just want to go into nature for a weekend and sleep there. You can easily join them, you just need to find a suitable overhang, cave or have a tent. People often start fire to prepare some food, but it is illegal - a forest guard can tell you to extinguish the fire and give you a small fine, although this is rare.
- Hike. You can use dense network of market hiking trails or find new ones. No printed map should be necessary, mapy.cz app with offline maps and a power bank should be enough. If you prefer paper, buy green map number 16 made by KČT (ask for it in a big bookstore).
Drákulova krčmaaddress: Dobřeň, Jestřebice 41
Restaurace U Zlatého lvaphone: +420 315 693 118address: náměstí Míru 19 277 35 Mšeno
LodgingMost of people coming here sleep in the woods or are here only on a day trip, so lodging options are limited.
phone: +420 603 461 723A guesthouse just below the castle. They have bikes to rent
phone: +420 605 833 003A guesthouse in traditional village style house - "roubenka"
phone: +420 732 772 182Only regular paid camp in the area
BackcountryYou can easily wild-camp anywhere as long as you are out of sight. Especially castle ruins are a good choice if you are crazy enough.
- Mělník - larger city with magnificent chateau high above confluence of Vltava and Labe rivers. 13 km.
- Bohemia Switzerland National Park - nearby national park with interesting rock formations. 70 km.
- Brdy - If you got interested in wild camping in Czech Republic, this large hilly area should be your next stop. 110 km.