Illustrative photo – Two months after the fire in the Czech Switzerland national park, Pravčická brána opened to tourists, October 1, 2022, Děčínsko. People walk along the hiking trail in Dlouhé dol.
Ústí nad Labem – The crisis team of the Ústí region will today deal with restrictions in the Czech Switzerland National Park during the tourist season and the status of removing dangerous stones. The meeting will be attended by park director Petr Kříž, governor Jan Schiller (ANO) and firefighters. The park was hit by a fire last summer, which is the most extensive in the history of the Czech Republic so far. Thousands of charred tree trunks and loose boulders were left behind on the slopes. Due to their removal, the road between Hřensk and Mezní Louka is now closed.
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Tourists cannot currently go on several routes. Edmund's gorge by the Kamenice river will remain closed throughout this season, where the municipality of Hřensko usually transports interested parties by boat. This year, only the Wild Gorge will be accessible. Some mayors complain that removing the consequences after the fire will significantly disrupt the tourist season. Last year's ended with the outbreak of a fire at the end of July. The road to Pravčická brána opened on October 1.
The work to remove the stones above the road will cost approximately 1.5 million crowns. The costs will be covered by the park administration. However, he will demand the money from the owners of the threatened land, the municipality of Hřensko and the Ústí Region. Deputy governor Jiří Řehák (Allies for the Region) said that financial matters will probably also be discussed with Petr Hladík (KDU-ČSL), whom the incoming president Petr Pavel would like to appoint to the position of Minister of the Environment on March 10.