11. 9. 2013
Climb Mount Sněžka – the queen of Czech mountains!
The highest Czech mountain rises up from the long ridges of the Krkonoše Mountains like a pointed three-sided needle. Set out to conquer the queen of Czech mountains and one of the symbols of the Czech Republic. Your reward for conquering its 1,602 metre peak will be a wonderful view of the Czech Republic and Poland and the feeling that you can’t get any higher in the Czech Republic. So put on some sturdy boots, pack what you need and set off for the heights!
If you enjoy activity, you can set out to the peak of Mount Sněžka along the marked hiking routes. On the way there, wonderful views of the Krkonoše National Park will open out for you, which thanks to its harsh climate and glacial past is conspicuously reminiscent of the Scandinavian countryside. If your physical prowess is limited or if you want to simply enjoy a cable car journey, set out to Pec pod Sněžkou, where the start station of the cable car is located. Over the course of about half an hour, you will thus easily overcome the increase in height by about 700 metres.
An unforgettable trip to the Czech “Six thousander”
Mount Sněžka has been popular among travellers for centuries already. The first documented ascent to its summit dates back as far as 1456, when a certain Venetian merchant was looking for precious stones. One hundred years later, a certain Silesian Humanist attempted to ascertain how high Mount Sněžka is, measuring a respectable 5,880 metres. Although nowadays we can only laugh at this figure, wonderful experiences whilst ascending it and the joy of healthy exercise whilst passing through some wonderful countryside persist to this very day.
Don’t forget to send a postcard!
Would you expect the summit of the highest mountain in the Czech Republic to be desolate and bare? Quite the opposite is true. There are several buildings to be found here. There is for example a meteorological station reminiscent of a space ship, a round wooden chapel dedicated to St. Lawrence and also a new Česká poštovna (Czech Post) building. Don’t forget to visit it and make your family happy by sending them a postcard with an original stamp.
Once you have had your fill of views out into the distance, set out from there on one of the many nature trails to discover other gems of the countryside in the Krkonoše Mountains. One of the most popular is the nature trail passing through some wonderful mountain peat bogs to Luční bouda, where you can have a nice seat, rest, in summer enjoy some refreshments and in the winter possibly warm yourself with a mug of aromatic mulled wine. You can also set out to Špindlerův Mlýn, which is one of the most important Czech ski centres, or to Horní Malá Úpa.