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Děčín is a city in North Bohemia. It lies on the river Elbe in a beautiful and diverse landscape, surrounded by the Central Bohemian Uplands, Elbe Sandstone Mountains and Bohemian Switzerland National Park.


Decin Castle and Elbe.

Děčín is a nice city in the valley of the Elbe, close to the main railway connecting Saxony and Prague. Before World War II, most of the inhabitants were ethnic Germans. After the war most of the German population was driven out, fled or was resettled and the new communist government redesigned the city destroying many historic buildings and building panel blocks in the process. Because of that, these days there is more than one city center in Děčín, which might be confusing. The main railway and bus station as well as the town hall are all located on the opposite bank of the Elbe than the castle and historical old town. With a population of 50,000 Decin is the 19th largest city in the country. The old German name for the town "Tetschen" most likely has the same root as the Czech name, which becomes obvious when you hear it pronounced in a Saxon accent.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

  • 1 Děčin main station (Děčín hlavní nádraží). Děčín is on the main railway corridor connecting Prague with Germany. From Prague It takes 1hr 30min. by train to get there. From Dresden you can take the direct Eurocity which takes 46 minutes for the very picturesque ride through the Elbe valley and Saxon Switzerland. Děčín hlavní nádraží (Q15735008) on Wikidata Děčín hlavní nádraží on Wikipedia
  • 2 Děčín východ. The other railway station Děčín východ railway station (Q18424417) on Wikidata

By car[edit]

By car it takes around 1hr 25min from Prague.

By bus[edit]

There is no direct bus connection and it takes 3hr with several changes of bus.

Get around[edit]

Map of Děčín

Děčín is served by 17 bus lines. It is also possible and reasonable to use train, there is 15 train station within whole Decin.


Synagogue in Decin
  • 1 Decin Castle (chateau), Dlouhá jízda 1254, +420 412 518 905, . Iconic landmark of region, history of Děčín Castle is very interesting and varied. Castle was reconstructed in both renaissance and then baroque style. Frédéric Chopin stayed and composed here a while. Adults 90Kč. (Q2240705) on Wikidata
  • Old Town Bridge. Gothic bridge from 16th century with baroque sculptures of Czech saints.
  • 2 Synagogue, Žižkova 4 (200 m from main railway station), +420 412 531 095, . Opened M-F 08:00-15:00. Synagogue in Art Deco style from 1907. If you want to see interior, you have to ring the bell and wait for a synagogue employee to unlock the building. entrance fee optional (but donation for reconstruction of synagogue interior welcomed!). (Q1522474) on Wikidata
  • 3 Decin Zoo, Žižkova 1286/15 (1000 m from main railway and bus station), +420 412 531 164, . Very small zoo. Mainly animals inhabiting the Czech Republic and a few exotic species, including anteater and tapir. Adults 80Kč, children (3-15 years) 50Kč. Děčín Zoo (Q10856999) on Wikidata Děčín Zoo on Wikipedia
  • Sheep's Bridge (ovci mustek) (500 m from main railway station.). Small stone bridge from 1561.
  • Holy Rood Church.






  • Hotel Česká Koruna, Masarykovo náměstí 60, +420 412 516 104, . Hotel with restaurant located right on main square in historic centre. The historic heart of Děčín is 1500 m from the centre of the city on the other side of the river, with main railway and bus station.


Go next[edit]

Elbe valley in Bohemian Switzerland.
Routes through Děčín
DresdenBad Schandau  Hamburg EC-Logo.svg Prague  Prague

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