In the border between the Saxon cities of Sebnitz and Neustadt, the Czech Lower Hermitage, a new forest experience area could be created by 2025, which will expand the tourist offer in the region of the Czech and Saxon Switzerland national parks. Today, the relevant memorandum was signed by representatives of the three cities, as well as representatives of the Saxon Forestry Administration and the Forests of the Czech Republic. According to the Saxon forest administration, the forest near the Gerstenberg hill on the Czech-Saxon border was chosen for the signature.
“With this project, we want to check whether the forest experience area project is feasible,” said the head of the Saxon Forestry Administration, Utz Hempfling. He noted that the forest is used not only for recreation and tourism, but also fulfills natural and economic functions. “We have to make sure that the forest, nature and people remain in harmony,” he added.
The Germans and Czechs will now assess whether further development of the area is possible. Part of the project includes, among other things, the expansion of existing cross-border sports and recreational offers, such as hiking trails, slopes, educational and fitness trails or so-called trails, which are dedicated cycling routes for mountain bikes.
The area set aside for possible tourist development includes about 700 hectares of forest and open countryside, the center is the Saxon village of Rugiswalde.