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Category: Region, Local time: 16:56:18, Altitude: 1012m, Official WWW website:

The Krkonose Mountains, also Giant Mountains, form a part of the border line between the Czech Republic and Poland . In Poland, they are named the Karkonosze. The highest peak in the Krkonose Mountains is called (1602 m) . It is the highest mountain in the Czech Republic as well. The Krkonose Mountains Mountains are very popular with tourists. In summer, they offer good conditions for hiking and biking while in summer they are attractive with a lot of snow in the ski resorts. Both in the Czech Republic and in Poland, the territory of the Krkonose Mountains is protected. On the Czech side, there is the Krkonose Mountains National Park, occupying 547 km2, while in Poland there is the Karkonoski Park Narodowy, sized 56 km2.


The Krkonose Mountains attract a lot of visitors, in particular due to the variety of recreational activities, as well as the natural beauties. There is a well-developed system of marked tourist trails. Many of them are recommendable for people with good physical condition but there are some less difficult trails, too. The summits of the Krkonose Mountains offer gigantic views of the surroundings. In winter, the region of the Krkonose Mountains is literally flooded with skiers. In the European context, the ski resorts are considered as average but the region offers hundreds kilometers of well-maintained cross-country skiing trails.


Sněžka , the highest mountain in the Czech Republic, is probably the most frequently visited locality in the Krkonose Mountains. The Czech - Polish borderline is drawn across the top of Sněžka so Sněžka is the highest mountain both on the Czech and on the Poland side of the Krkonose Mountains Mountains. In addition, there is the dividing line between two river basins, the Elbe and the Odra River, in other words, between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. On the top of Sněžka you will find St. Lawrence Chapel, which was built in the 17th century, and the Polská bouda (Polish Hut) with a meteorological station and a restaurant. Tourists can reach the top on the chair-lift from Pec pod Sněžkou . There are skiing slopes in the lower parts of the highest Czech mountain, accessible from the towns in the surrounding area. The most popular ski resort is the Ski Resort Pec pod Sněžkou .

Lysá hora

Another popular mountain in the Krkonose Mountains is Lysá hora . You can get to this attractive ski resort on a chair-lift from Rokytnice nad Jizerou . The chair-lift is in operation only during the winter season. In summer, tourists can choose a marked trail to climb up the mountain. However, it is strictly forbidden to approach the highest part of the summit as it is in the first zone of the National Park.

Černá hora

A funicular can bring you to the top of Černá hora , the dominating landmark of the eastern part of the Krkonose Mountains. Its lower station is in the town of Janské Lázně . This region is a popular skiing resort, too. Černá Hora offers a lot of pistes at various levels of difficulty. On its relatively large top, next to the funicular upper station, there is a hotel, a TV transmitter and a lookout tower.

Elbe source area

The Elbe source area is frequently visited by tourists but it is rather a symbolic tourist attraction. The real streams are a bit farther, and this locality is not available for tourists for the reasons of the nature protection. The area is charming, anyway. The place which is visited by tourists as the site where one of the largest European rivers was born is situated at Labská Louka, near the mountain called Violík. There is a centre with water, which represents the water source, and people throw in it coins for luck. Next to the centre, you can see coats of arms of all larger cities which the Elbe River passes through.

Mumlava Waterfall

It is definitely worth seeing the Mumlava Waterfall near the winter holiday resort in Harrachov, on the Mumlava River. The river climbs over a tall rock and falls down into a very deep recess, formed by water activity. Nearly everywhere down the Mumlava River you can come across the natural recesses called "giant pots" which had been created and smoothened by the rapid movement of the water mass.

Skiing in the Krkonose Mountains Mountains

Besides the already mentioned ski resorts in the localities of Sněžka, Lysá hora and Černá hora, winter resorts of quality can be found nearly anywhere in the Krkonose Mountains region. Among the most popular, there is the Ski Resort Harrachov , Ski Resort Špindlerův Mlýn , Rokytnice nad Jizerou and Vítkovice. The whole area of the Krkonose Mountains offers excellent conditions for cross-country skiing and the trails are well-maintained.

Towns and tourist services

The best-known tourist centres in the Krkonose Mountains Mountains are: Rokytnice nad Jizerou, Harrachov, Vrchlabí, Pec pod Sněžkou, Špindlerův Mlýn; on the Polish side: Szklarska Poręba , Karpacz and Kowary , and also the well-accessible town of Jelenia Góra . All resorts offer a variety of accommodation facilities and information centres are nearly everywhere.

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GPS: 50.7001, 15.6335
Altitude: 1012 m
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Last update: 2012-07-12 00:45:03

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The information has not been confirmed by the owner yet Suitable for: cycling trips, skiing, snowtubing, fishing, golf, zorbing
The information has not been confirmed by the owner yet Why to go there?: folk architecture, nature sites, rocks, peatbog, pilgrimage

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