The Elbe Sandstones Protected Landscape Area

The PLA was established in 1972 to protect the sandstone landscape, the extensive natural forests as well as cultural monuments, especially vernacular architecture, and it originally covered an area of 324 km2.
A segment of its territory became a part of the Bohemian Switzerland National Park in 2000, and the PLA now covers an area of 245 km2.
A number of nature preserves and natural monuments can be found in the territory of the PLA, mainly along the right bank of the Elbe. The typical vernacular architecture of semi-timbered houses is protected by three rural historical preserves (Vysoká Lípa, Kamenická Stráň, Dlouhý Důl), but many of these buildings can also be found in other villages. The Elbe Sandstones PLA Administration is based in Děčín.