Origin of the Name "Czech Switzerland"

The rather unusual name of this region is due to two Swiss men, the painter Adrian Zinng and the engraver Anton Graff, who from 1776 worked together with other specialists on the renovation of the Dresden Gallery. In their free time they made excursions to the surrounding area, especially to the Saxon-Czech border. Both of them took a liking to the place and it is said that they even refused to return home, stating as their reason that they had found their own Switzerland here. Their comparison fell on fertile ground, and so as early as 1785 we find the first reference to Saxon Switzerland, and later also to Czech Switzerland.