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Bohemian Gate Trail

Radobyl

15. Radobyl

Even though this insular basalt hill is only 399 m.a.s.l., it is still the dominating feature of Litomerice surroundings, rising above the right bank of the Elbe river. Two independent reserve areas established between 1966 and 1969, were consolidated into a single natural monument Radobyl in 1992. Radobyl and its surroundings are currently part of the European Special Area of Conservation, also known as the Directive on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of the Wild Fauna and Flora. A north to south cross-section of the hill is the result of former mining activities, and reveals a look into the geology of the area. “Incised hill” forms an irreplaceable part of the local skyline. Landslides have created a crack with pseudokarst cave 10m long.

Radobýl

Radobýl

Radobýl

Radobýl

Inside this cave are remarkable basalt columns (so-called column disintegration of the basalt). The rest of the southward and southwest hillsides resembles a rocky prairie with an abundance of protected plants such as mullein, milk-vetch, and different kinds of needle grass or Verbascum phoeniceum. Also noteworthy are the local invertebrates, which include the mollusk Discus ruderatus and the spider Stepník red (Eresus kollari). A massive iron cross is located on the top of the hill. The current one was placed there in 1992, and is the eighth in the sequence. The tradition of crosses on Radobyl originated in 1622. An old wooden cross was replaced by an iron one in 1862.

Kříž na Radobýlu

Kříž na Radobýlu

The poet Karel Hynek Macha is connected to Radobyl. He came to Litomerice in October 1836 and died here one month later.

GPS position

N 50° 31.893', E 14° 5.554'
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Contact

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