Pravcicka Brana, Czech Republic
Towering over the stunning landscape in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Pravcicka Brana is a sight to behold. If it looks like something from a film set, it might be because it has featured in countless movies, not least The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, but Europe’s largest natural stone bridge is very real and no special effects are required here.
Located three kilometres from Hrensko in the Czech Republic, not far from the German border, visitors are drawn here to see Pravcicka Brana for themselves, but the arch itself — spanning an impressive 26.5 metres — is strictly off limits.
Having suffered heavy erosion due to growing visitor numbers, tourists have been forbidden from setting foot on the arch since 1982. You might be tempted to attempt a crossing, but trust us on this, it is not a good idea. With the crumbling cliffs prone to erosion and the drop significant, the rules are there for a reason.