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Decin Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 161 photos

Decin's location alone makes it worth to visit: It is right where the canyons of the Elbe river (north: Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland, south: Ceske Stredohori) meet, where the scenic, narrow valley widens up somewhat. The city occupies ground on both sides of the river, on the right bank the original Decin, on the left bank Podmokly, both united in the 19th century.

The history of Decin is more German(ic) than Czech and it's visible all over the city - the castle belonged to the powerful Austrian Thun family and until 1945 95% of the population were Germans (but citizens of the Czech Republic, of course, since 1918).

While the city - with a pop. of about 50,000 and some industry to provide jobs - is certainly not picture-book perfect as other towns in the Czech Republic (like Cesky Krumlov e.g.) it has a lot of sights to offer, not to mention the very beautiful surroundings that call for recreation, hiking, walking, all sorts of activities in the nature.

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  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Thank you Ingo for bringing back memory about this wonderful city which I was lucky to see only three weeks ago!

    • german_eagle's Profile Photo
      Sep 27, 2014 at 2:08 AM

      Thanks, Sergey! Incredible that you just visited, too - what a coincidence!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Hello Ingo, while looking at your photos, especially the silhouette of the castle, I realized that I once visited Decin many years ago. But I didn’t see much, since it was mainly a sickbed visit to meet some elderly relatives for the first and last time.
    Also I once went through Decin on the train, going from Prague to Dresden.

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Interesting art nouveau architecture, but ouch! - the colours...

  • Oct 29, 2011 at 4:37 AM

    very interesting place to visit. the cycling along Elbe, from Bad Schandau sounds a good type of journey

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Ingo, fabulous page with brilliant photos. I like the idea of exploring the area by bicycle. On my way from Dresden to Prague I once came across Decin and I still have a Decin stamp in my passport. :-)

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Great intro picture with that light!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2011 at 8:05 AM

    Nice looking castle.

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