Geografie 1995, 100, 222-233

The Elbe Sandstones - Bohemian Switzerland, Geographical Approach to the National Park

Alois Hynek

Katedra geografie, Přírodovědecká fakulta Masarykovy univerzity, Kotlářská 2, 611 37 Brno, Czechia

The controversial concept of the Elbe Sandstones National Park as proposed hy the Czech Ministry of Environment is being examined both from physical and human geographical viewpoints. The project of a National Park in geographical version includes three parts: mesas and kuestas in the West, sandstone rock cities in the East, and the Elbe River canyon in the centre. A discourse and social communication is offered for scientific and legitimate evaluation of geographical version. Cultural landscape and balanced regional development are in the focus of the new National Park.