Prachov Rocks

The Prachov Rocks (Czech: Prachovské skály) are a rock formation in the Czech Republic approximately 5 kilometres west of Jičín.[1] Since 1933, they have been a protected natural reserve. The region where the formations are located is called Bohemian Paradise, Český ráj in Czech.[2][3]

Rock towers of Prachov Rocks

The formations are made of sandstone, originally in the form of a plateau. Since its formation over 60 million years ago, the rock has been eroded by wind and rain into the unique forms found at the site.[4] Several of the individual rock towers have inspired names due to their appearance, such as the Leaning Tower, Devil's Kitchen, the Monk, the Elephant, and the Eagle.[4]

Some scenes for major productions were filmed in the area, including Carnival Row, Britannia, Little Mermaid, Van Helsing, The Mists of Avalon, and the original Hellboy.[5][6][3][7]



  1. ^ Hocek, Jan (3 February 2010). "Výjimečná zima, výjimečné fotky. Prachové peřiny na Prachovských skalách". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). iDNES. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Český Ráj (Bohemian Paradise)". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  3. ^ a b "The Czech Republic's Bohemian Paradise: as magical as it sounds". the Guardian. 2018-01-26. Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  4. ^ a b Scheffel, Richard L.; Wernet, Susan J., eds. (1980). Natural Wonders of the World. United States of America: Reader's Digest Association, Inc. p. 305. ISBN 0-89577-087-3.
  5. ^ "'Carnival Row' Wraps Shooting in Prague". The Prague Reporter. Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  6. ^ "Films and Fairy Tales -". Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  7. ^ "Prachovské skály - Český ráj dětem 2020". Retrieved 2022-11-18.

Coordinates: 50°28′3.19″N 15°17′2.23″E / 50.4675528°N 15.2839528°E / 50.4675528; 15.2839528