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Krkonoše – in the mountains
The highest mountain range between the Alps and Scandinavia – this is Krkonoše (Giant Mountains), the mountains of the fairy–tale ruler, Krakonoše. The locals describe him as a kind, grey-bearded, old man, who sees to the application of justice in the mountains and their foothills. He also commands the winds, snowstorms, and hail.
The tallest of Czech mountain chains, Krkonoše, was given the status of a national park due to the landscape’s unique beauty. It has also become a destination for thousands of tourists, who don’t hesitate to put on their boots and tame the mountains even at the price of aching feet, sweat, and discomfort. Krkonoše are most beautiful at moments when the sun illuminates the mountain peaks while the valleys are still filled with fog, through which only the tops of the tourist lookout points peak out from the nearby hills. The century old mountain cottages or cabins still today draw in and serve eager to visit tourists. Here theycan get a good meal and a good night’s sleep, relax, or simply come in from the rain for moment.
BikeparkJust above Špindlerův Mlýn, a built up bikepark with a specially designed downhill track invites all adrenaline sports fans to take a wild ride. A seated funicular takes cyclists and their bikes up the hill from where they begin their downhill adventure. Most of them are surprised to learn that the ride is not so threatening as it looks. In a couple of minutes the leisure time cyclist isalready at their destination. If they rode three times as fast they could compete with professional racers
Sněžka – the highest point in the Czech Republic (1602 m), it towers above the surrounding landscape by a good two hundred metres. The several hour hike to long-distance lookout points is, on a clear day, certainly worth your while. Less avid tourists can take the funicular from the town, Pec pod Sněžkou, to the mountaintop.
Source of the Labe (Elbe) River – located in the mountains but still easily accessible, this symbolic source of one of Europe`s largest rivers has become a popular and frequently visited tourist destination.
Harrachov – this mountain settlement is connected to the outside world by a unique rack railway, which leads up a steep hill. Golf fans come here to play on the highest golf course in the Czech Republic.