Děčín is a town in Ústí nad Labem region at the confluence of the rivers Labe (Elbe) and Ploučnice. Also it is an important river port, an important railway junction and is situated at the crossroads of several major roads.
In August 2002, extreme weather conditions lead to extensive flooding all across Europe and Děčín was also badly hit. Water levels rose from their usual two meters to 12 meters. Fortunately, the historic center and also many of the tourist spots are at higher elevations, so they were left undamaged, but many lower lying buildings were ruined.
Děčín Castle is probably the most popular tourist attraction in the town. Built on a hill near the town centre and overlooking the Labe river, the castle has enjoyed an extremely varied history. It has gone from being a fort during the Seven Years‘ War, to becoming a Renaissance castle in 1673, to turning Baroque after its restoration in 1788.