Hiking in the stunning Rock City | Czech Republic

Rock Formation; (cc) by-nc squics.com

Rock Formation; (cc) by-nc squics.com

I had this place on my bucket list for some time. It's two hours by car from Prague. At Rock City, you'll find several routes that will take you around a crystal clear blue lake first, then through a forrest and finally past some rocks.

Continue, and you will reach a gate that looks like an entrance to the underworld. Have no fear, enter and continue to walk in narrow, breathtaking canyons and will see huge rock formations and two waterfalls. It's really an awesome place.

Rock City; (cc) by-nc squics.com

Rock City; (cc) by-nc squics.com

To give you an impression of the size of the rocks I'm talking about, here's one shot with me near such a rock. Can you see me?

The huge rock; (cc) by-nc squics.com

The huge rock; (cc) by-nc squics.com

The Gate; (cc) by-nc squics.com

The Gate; (cc) by-nc squics.com

Most of the terrain is easy and flat. If you want to hike up to the second lake, that is a little up in the rocks, be prepared to climb up and down dozens of wooden stairs and ladders that still can be icy in March and April.

Wooden Stairs; (cc) by-nc squics.com

Wooden Stairs; (cc) by-nc squics.com

I mainly shot HDR photos with the iPhone 6 plus. Trying lots of different apps on that hike, I will stick with PureShot [iTunes App Store Link], its bracketed shooting mode and Pro HDR X [iTunes App Store Link] to create HDRs now. It simply produces the best results (more info soon in a separate post). With Pro HDR X I can manually load 2 or 3 bracketed shots and adjust the results while other apps just let me use presets without fine tuning. Also, I can still fire up Photomatix on my Mac if everything fails. 

More photos are on my Pinterest Board "Czech Republic".

Narrow and Tall; (cc) by-nc squics.com

Narrow and Tall; (cc) by-nc squics.com