The starting point for this walking tour is the beautiful, legend-enshrouded city of Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Your route will follow the Vltava and then the Elbe Rivers into the heart of the Czech Basin, then through the mountains into Germany to your destination, the magnificent city of Dresden, destroyed in World War II but now risen up from the ashes. As you ramble through the pleasant countryside along the Elbe you will encounter medieval castles, exquisite Renaissance and Baroque chateaus, and tranquil riverine landscapes. Later you will come to the massive wall that separates the Czech Republic from Germany, the Lusatian Mountains, and the great gap through which the Elbe River flows on its way north to the Baltic Sea. This highland region is known as the Czech-Saxon Switzerland for its sculptured rocky outcroppings, deep canyons, and incredible vistas.