The Teplice Rocks (Teplické skály) form part of the Adršpach-Teplice Rocks National Nature Reserve (Národná prírodná rezervácia Adršpašsko-teplické skály), which is the largest reserve of its kind in Central Europe. It is a place with hundreds of rock towers, unique sandstone formations, magical nature, and views that will take your breath away. It was named after the nearby municipality: Teplice nad Metují. You will need at least three hours to complete the whole circuit.
The Czech Tourism Authority says following about The Teplice Rocks: “Along the way you’ll encounter bizarre and aptly named rock formations such as the Caterpillar, Butcher’s Axe and the Golem. You certainly shouldn’t miss the exciting climb up a set of ladders to the ruins of Střmen Castle, now a viewing platform. Your steps will also take you under the huge, smooth Guard Tower, one of the symbols of the Teplice Rocks. At the Sibiř fork in the trail, head up the stone steps across the Great Temple Square to the Stone Chapel. Squeeze through a narrow passageway into the Lion’s Cage and you’ll find yourself in Krakonoš’ Garden. All around you rise the best known rock formations in the Teplice Rocks – Rock Crown, the Church, Martin’s Walls and the Rock Temple. Believe us when we say you won’t know where to look first.”
The whole area was once the bottom of the ocean. When the chalk receded in these places, two groups of rock formations were left (The Teplice Rocks and The Adršpach Rocks), divided by the Wolf Gorge (Vlčí rokle).