KrušnéMountains
Cycling over hill
and dale
TheCzechmountain range
with themost eventful history
has became a popular tourist
destination only in recent
years. Today, the Krušné
Mountainswelcome visitors
with young larch andbirch
forests lacedwith seldom-
frequented cycle paths,
which are safe for teaching
children to ride.
Over the course of time,
these mountains underwent
unexpected changes. The 16th
century was a time of bustling
activity: The silver mines here
started producing the tolar
(widely known by the German
name thaler), the coin from
whose name the U.S. dollar
is derived. The discovery of
uranium deposits brought
an involuntary work force of
approximately 15,000 here
in the 1950s, mainly political
prisoners. Near the spa town
of Jáchymov, they mined
uranium for Soviet nuclear
experiments. Massive coal
mining activities and the
building of power plants in
the Mostecko region resulted
in extensive devastation of
the forests in the 1970s and
1980s.
Tips for
your trips
The mystery of the
underground – Jáchymov
Hell themed trail
If you are interested in
history, visit one of the
tunnels of a former uranium
mine, where political
prisoners and others toiled
in the period when socialism
was being hastily built in
Czechoslovakia. The tunnel
is now open to the public
as a museum of uranium
mining.
Boží Dar
This nature trail leads
through the marvellous
mountain landscape of the
Boží Dar moorland. In the
moorland you will find
an entertaining forest path
(5–13 km) intended for
children called the Baby Jesus
Trail. (Boží Dar, meaning
Gift of God, is said to be the
home of the infant who brings
presents to Czech children
at Christmas.) You can enjoy
a peaceful hike on the forest
trails along the Blatenský
trench, which used to
supply water for mining and
metallurgical operations.
Boží Dar is also an ideal
starting point for the most
interesting local cycle paths.
Klínovec Mountain
The range’s highest mountain,
which is accessible by
cableway from Jáchymov.
You can return to the bottom
via the Cyklo Down Hill
Klínovec – recommended
only for the bravest
adventurers. Or you can take
the 4–15 km circuit known
as the Smugglers’ Trail
(Pašerácká stezka), which
leads through Boží Dar.
Kamencové Lake
and zoo in Chomutov
This large natural body
of water is located on the
outskirts of the city of
Chomutov and features
maintained beaches and
water amusements. Its alum
base provides the water with
special properties beneficial
to the skin, and the lake has
been dubbed a natural beauty
salon. If you don’t feel like
swimming, you can take
your children to the zoo in
Chomutov or to the adjacent
Stará Ves (Old Settlement)
outdoor museum of folk
architecture – the centre of
regional folk art.
What to do when it’s
raining?
Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad)
Visit the showplace of
Czech spa resorts, Karlovy
Vary, where you can see
beautiful buildings along
the colonnade, soak up
the spa atmosphere, and
indulge in spa treatments
of all kinds. A very pleasant
programme when the
weather is bad is an
excursion to where the
famous Becherovka herbal
liqueur is made.
Kynžvart Chateau near
Mariánské Lázně
Enjoy the romantic beauty
of this gleaming white
chateau, which was built
in the style of Viennese
Classicism and features
richly decorated interiors
surrounded by park land.
16 Czech Mountains
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Klínovec
Ústí nad
Labem
Teplice
Most
Karlovy
Vary
Jáchymov
Plešivec
Tisovský
vrch
Blatenský
vrch
Klínovec
Mariánské
Lázně
Lázně
Kynžvart
Chomutov
Kamencové
jezero
Růžový
vrch
Boží
Dar
Krupka
Karlovy Vary
Smugglers’ Trail cycle path
Klíny
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