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Giant Mountains

Krkonoše, or the Giant Mountains are the highest and the best-known mountain range in the Czech Republic. Here, you can enjoy skiing tracks running across the ranges and descending to alpine resorts, you can see the highest peak, Sněžka (1602 m), take pleasure in the flowery alpine meadows and dark green dwarf-pine thickets, blue ponds in the middle of mysterious peat bogs, and discover plates with the symbol of the first Czech national park. The Giant Mountains are crisscrossed by marked tourist trails suitable for all age groups. Chair lifts to several peaks provide less proficient tourists with the opportunity to enjoy the breath-taking vista of the mountains.

In Špindlerův Mlýn you can take a walk along any of the 700 km of marked foot trails passing though the surrounding mountains, or you can enjoy paragliding, mountain bike rides, boat cruises on the Labská water reservoir, hunting and fishing, swimming and tennis.
If you want to spend your holidays on more than only skiing and hiking, you can visit Pec pod Sněžkou to try riding western horses, playing tennis and squash, swimming in local swimming pools, or taking in the sauna or solarium. Two cableways operate in summer, one going to Sněžka with a stop on Růžová hora (The Rose Mountain) and the other from Velká Úpa to Portášky.

There are 400 km of foot trails for mountain hiking marked in the surrounding mountains, running mainly through highly attractive areas of The Giant Mountains National Park. Plus, you can visit a fitness centre, sauna, paragliding etc. In spring, you can go rafting to the upper reach of the Elbe from the Labská water reservoir in Špindlerův Mlýn.

Janské Lázně is a small mountain town, situated in the eastern Giant Mountains just under the massif of Černá hora (the Black Mountain). This health resort owes its fame to favourable climatic conditions and a thermal spring discovered in the 11th century. In the lovely environment of the highest Czech mountains, the Giant Mountains, skilled human hands help people recover their health. Janské Lázně is not only a health resort, it is also a summer and winter recreation and sports centre offering accommodation to many tourists.

In summer, you can visit Strážné to get a convenient starting point for mountain walks, providing virtually unlimited possibilities for hiking through the entire Giant Mountains range.

Another place with a great potential for summer touring is the western Giant Mountains. There are many remarkable natural, cultural and other sights in the area. Probably the most beautiful and the most varied of the nature trails of Harrachov takes tourists to many natural sights of the western part of the mountains and provides vistas of wide surroundings. It goes to Dvoračky, running around the northern edge of Kotel and on, through a magnificent area on the edge of Labský důl and through Mumlavský důl back to Harrachov. It is a splendid tour for experienced tourists. Or you can go to visit a rocky outlook called Stráž (Watch) in Rokytnice nad Jizerou or the Museum of the Giant Mountains with mechanized nativity scene in Vysoké nad Jizerou.

The town of Jilemnice is situated in the western foothills of the Giant Mountains. It has been considered a perfect starting point for the western Giant Mountains, the natural centre of which it has become through the years. Although hundreds of thousands of tourists passed through the town each year in the communist era, Jilemnice could not leverage this benefit and was slowly losing the friendly air of a resort. To restore its face, to regenerate the valuable historic centre of the town and to provide the town with anything tourists may need is one of the primary tasks at this time.

Visitors of Benecko can walk through the countryside, ride horses or swim in local mountain pools. There is a mountain bike rental in the town. Many accommodation facilities have their own saunas, fitness rooms, swimming pools and tennis courts. The airport in the nearby Vrchlabí offers attractive observation flights.

Herlíkovice – ski centre

Giant Mountains – Vrchlabí
Vrchlabí is considered a gate to the Giant Mountains. It is the seat of the Administration Office of KRNAP – Giant Mountains National Park.

Vrchlabí will welcome you with the friendly atmosphere of a mountain community with a large number of sports shops, restaurants and lodgings.

We recommend visiting its Giant Mountain Museum. The best-known mountain resort – Vrchlabí Herlíkovice – will certainly surprise you with an abundant range of skiing slopes and a chair lift.

The unique Krkonose/Giant Mts. landscape has attracted visitors since hundreds of years. Large sections of the national park can be explored by bike on signposted, official bicycle trails. In the foothills and around the national park´s fringes you´ll find countless mountain biking lanes, as well as low-traffic roads for trekking and road biking. Those who pedal up the ascents will be rewarded with beautiful views and unique nature. In the valleys, picturesque villages and towns with well-preserved historic centres are waiting to impress. To avoid longs ascents, you can always use bicycle lifts or bicycle buses. Each of the tours we have selected will impressively present the beauty and variety of this region. We hope that you will embosom the Krkonose/Giant Mts. and treat its nature with care and respect.

Vrchlabi, “the place where the Krkonose Mountains begin”, lies on two long-distance cycle trails. Labska cycle trail No. 2, formerly designated as No. 24, begins in Vrchlabi and more or less closely follows the river Labe (the Elbe) up to its estuary in Germany. Jizersko–Jesenicka main cycle trail No. 22 crosses the Krkonose in the foothills and runs through Vrchlabi, too.

Cycle trail No. 4301, in stripe marking, starts in Vrchlabi at the train station and runs via Horni Lanov and Cerny Dul to Hoffmanovy boudy chalet in Janske Lazne (13 km). Another cycle trail which begins in Vrchlabi, namely on Miru Square near the Church of St. Lawrence, is Krkonosska cycle trail No. 10. It ascends to Krizovky chalet towards Benecko and continues via Mrklov to Horni Stepanice, the Rovinka junction and Vitkovice, where it ends at the Praha hotel (18 km). It crosses three other cycle trails which you can use to ride to the Krkonose ridges.

Vrchlabi – Lanov Cycle Trail

The cycle trail between Vrchlabi and Lanov begins approx. 100 m from the Vrchlabi bus station and is frequently used by cyclists and inline skaters. The track has a new, slightly coarser asphalt surface. The track is easy, except for a downhill

section at the edge of Lanov where the track ends half way down the slope. The cycle trail continues from the Lanovsky Dvur hotel to the end of Lanov towards Cista.

Starting point: Lanovska St., near the bus station in Vrchlabi.

Track length: 2.5 km

Do Not Ride Your Bike Uphill is the motto of Long Descents , a guide prepared for visitors by the Krkonose Union of Towns and Boroughs and the Krkonossky National Park Administration. A cyclobus or cable car will take you as high as possible into the mountains and then you can continue comfortably riding down from the ridges to the foothills. The routes are not particularly marked in the terrain but use the existing cycle trails. Some of them can be used when starting in Vrchlabi:

Where the River Labe Flows

From Vrchlabi-Herlikovice (538 m a.s.l.) take a cable car to Predni Zaly (1018 m a.s.l.) and continue by bike to Benecko, Krizovky, Knezice chalet, Vrchlabi, Kuncice nad Labem, Klasterska Lhota and Hostinne (350 m a.s.l.) = 27 km

Pod Liskou Descent

From Vrchlabi take a cyclobus to Janske Lazne (670 m a.s.l.) and a cable car to Cerna hora Mountain (1299 m a.s.l.), and descend to Prazska chalet, Lesni chalet, Tetrevi boudy chalet, Hribeci boudy chalet, Strazne and Vrchlabi (465 m a.s.l.) = 26 km

Descent from ‘Plan’ Hill to Strazne

From Vrchlabi take a cyclobus to Spindleruv Mlyn (710 m a.s.l.) and a cable car to Plane (1195 m a.s.l.) and continue by bike to Bouda na Plani chalet, rozcesti U Krasne Plane, Strazne and Vrchlabi (465 m a.s.l.) = 25 km

Reaching the Male Labe River

From Vrchlabi take a cyclobus to Spindleruv Mlyn (710 m a.s.l.) and a cable car to Plane (1195 m a.s.l.) and continue by bike to Koprivnik, Strazne, Mlynske Domky, Kamenny Mlyn, Dolni Dvur, Lanov and Vrchlabi (465 m a.s.l.) = 25 km

To Labsky Dul Valley for Views

From Vrchlabi take a cyclobus to Spindleruv Mlyn (710 m a.s.l.) and a cable car to Medvedin (1235 m a.s.l.) and descend to Horni Misecky, rozcesti na Haldach, Spindleruv Mlyn and Vrchlabi (465 m a.s.l.) = 26 km

  • Harrachov – Rokytnice/Jiz. – Vrchlabí – Janské Lázně – Pec /Sněžkou – Hor. Malá Úpa 118 km
  • Jilemnice – Horní Mísečky 22 km
  • Vrchlabí -Špindlerův Mlýn – Špindlerovka 26 km
  • Trutnov – Mladé Buky – Svoboda nad Úpou – Horní
  • Malá Úpa, Pomezní Boudy 30 km
  • Žacléř – Lampertice – Bernartice – Trutnov 22 km
  • Vrchlabí – Hradec Králové 75 km

Bikepark allows you to experience mountain adrenaline sports in a contest held in a designated and well-equipped area. This is offered by Trek Spindl Bike Park in Spindleruv Mlyn. Take a cable car from Svaty Petr and ride through hazards with various difficulty levels down a ski run. The tracks are marked and quite demanding.

Ski area Herlíkovice  is located just 3 km from Vrchlabí close to road to Špindlerova Mlýna. We offer to our ski visitors double chair lift long 1 400 m and a new ski lift with transport capacity of 1 200 persons/hour. The skiing is available for skiers beginners and the families with the children and also for advanced skiers. All downhill slopes are daily prepared. 534 – 1005 m Ski slopes: 11,3 km Snow making: 9,3 km Groomed cross-country routes: 15 km Lifts: 5 Chair lifts: 2 Snowpark

We offer: a snowpark with own ski lift, a ski school and nursery with children ski lift, a new ski and snowboard rental, ski service, shop with sport equipment and the chalet with refreshment. The parking places are free of charge. 

The top of Predni Zaly (1019 m a.s.l.) between Benecko and Vrchlabi has been a popular tourist destination since the beginning of the 19th century because of the beautiful view of the Krkonose Mountains. The first wooden viewing tower, actually more a survey beacon, was built here in 1836. Forest soon grew above the popular viewing tower, and the Riesengebirge-Verein association from Vrchlabi had a metal tower assembled in 1888, with a height of 15 m. Next to it, Count Jan Harrach had a wooden pleasure restaurant with a sun lounge built in 1890. The metal viewing tower became dilapidated after only 4 years of use and the District Council ordered its demolition.

Today’s stone tower was built by Count Jan Harrach in 1892 after an instigation of the Jilemnice branch of the Czech Club of Tourists. The viewing tower was given the name of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I. and was inaugurated on 7 September 1892. Along with opening the tower, the access road from Mrklov to Zaly was built. The restaurant burnt down in 1900 and was replaced with a new wooden restaurant transferred from the Jubilee Country Exhibition in Prague. This restaurant ceased to be used during World War Two and a copy was built after a project by architect Klos in the same place in 2009.

The viewing tower indeed offers a good view of the Krkonose Mountains and the Podkrkonosi foothills area, such as Kotel Mountain, the Hanc and Vrbata Monument on Zlate navrsi hill, Medvedin hill, Cerna hora Mountain, Lucni bouda chalet and Mount Snezka. Some more remote places, such as the silhouettes of Jested, Bezdez and Ralsko hills, Trosky castle and Zvicina can also be seen.

The tower is accessible by foot down the red tourist path from Benecko. It can also be accessed by chair lift from Herlikovice. The last major repair was done in 2012.

The Krkonose Mts. are a real hiker’s paradise giving you a close encounter of a landscape unique to Europe. The rough nature high on the mountain ridges and summits will challenge and but also reward you. After you mastered some rocky ascents you’ll be treated to magnificent views over spacious panoramas. Once you feel the wind on your skin and you feast yourself to the panoramas, you will know, why this place is something special. No wonder, the Krokonose Mountains are home of countless tales and myths.

Hiking has a long tradition in the Krkonose Mts. Already Goethe had hiked up to Snezka(1602 m) to enjoy the sunrise. Hiking trails in the mountains are well marked and are distinguished by colours (red, blue, green and yellow). So, equipped with a map, even first-time visitors will easily stay on the right track.

As the weather in the Krkonose Mts. can change within one hour, we recommend to always bring a map, a raincoat and some warm clothes. Always stay on marked trails and respect the delicate nature. Dogs are only allowed in the national park when kept on the leash.

Summer season in Ski resort Herlikovice starts in June

You can still enjoy Herlíkovice in summer

Operation time: 16. June – every weekend, 1. July – 31. August daily

Departure times: every hour from 9.00 – 17.00

We are looking forward to seeing you in winter season as well.

Herlíkovice Ski-centre offers in Summer:

• 1x four-seat chair lift to the summit of Žalý
• Departure times every hour from 9.00 – 17.00
• Cycling paths of various levels of difficulty Hikes
• Mountain bike and top gear hire and service
• Wheel wash – FREE
• Refreshment & Accommodation at the ski-centre

View tower Zaly

• The only stone view tower in Krkonose
• Jan Harrach had the view tower built in 1892
• A beautiful view not only of Krkonose but also of its surroundings
• Trip to the view tower Zaly (1 019 m n. m.) from the square in Vrchlabi is cca 5 km long
• The shorter version is to take a chairlift from Herlikovice

Rent a scooter or bike right by the cableway

• Experience a downhill run on off-road scooters from the upper Krakonose mountains
• You will take the cableway to the peak Zaly 1 019 m and from there you ride along forest paths and downhill ski slopes
• Rental by the cableway in Herlikovice next to the boarding point. Scooter price: CZK 150 per person per one hour. Price includes: scooter, helmet, cableway.
• Rent a bike for 150 CZK for 1 ride
• Rent a mountaion for all day for 300 CZK

You need nothing but determination, enthusiasm and a good mood…

HERLIKOVICE ski resort is located in the Krkonose (Giant) Mountains 3km from the town of Vrchlabi, 120km from the town of Pratur

HERLIKOVICE ski resort is located in the Krkonose (Giant) Mountains 3km from the town of Vrchlabi, 120km from the town of Prague

Krkonošská Trail through the crowns of trees in Janské Lázně

The trail through the treetops in the Krkonoše was established in 2018 on the outskirts of Janské Lázně at the foot of Černá hora between Hoffmanová bouda and Zlatá vyhlídka, in a mixed forest where, in addition to pines, spruces and firs, there are cranes and other types of deciduous trees. The oldest trees are up to a hundred years old and rise to a height of thirty meters.

The viewing platform exceeds them by 15 meters and offers new views to the east, south and west. After all, with a 45-meter observation tower, a length of 1,300 meters and walkways leading up to 23 meters above the ground, the Krkonoše project ranks among the largest in Europe. Unlike the two older trails, here you can also look underground, to the roots of the forest giants, and you can study the microworld of the soil from the roots to the smallest animals.

The trail in the Krkonoše Mountains is barrier-free along its entire length and there are dozens of stops with information about the Krkonoše Forest and several adrenaline stations with a series of different obstacles. Just like on the trails in Lipno and Dolní Moravá, you can go back down here by sliding down the toboggan.

The Treetop Trail in Janské Lázně is open all year round, every day, in April and May from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The entrance fee is CZK 320 for adults, and CZK 250 for children and senior citizens (or ZTP).

Unique on the outside, friendly on the inside: this is how the Giant Mountains present themselves. Discover their unique beauty and unique nature, Krkonoše towns and sports centers with a wide range of activities. Play sports, stop, rest and experience an active and relaxing holiday in the highest Czech mountains.

The kingdom of the legendary Krakonoš with our highest mountain Sněžka stretches from Kořenov in the west to Žacléř in the east. The natural treasures of the Krkonoše National Park include, for example, the Elbe spring, the Pančavský and Labský waterfalls on the slopes of the Labské dol, the Mumlavský waterfall near Harrachov, the Úpské peat bog or the Chernohorské peat bog. Also stop by the Memorial to the Victims of the Mountains and one of the legendary mountain huts; the most famous and highest is Luční bouda, which has been standing on the ridges of the mountains for 400 years. Take your children to the Treetop Trail in Janské Lázně or to a tour of the Stachelberg artillery fortress.

Czech – Polish Friendship Route: Špindlerův bouda – Harrachov Špindlerův Mlýn KRNAP Seasonal Information Center Labský důl – Harrachov KRNAP Information Center

Distant views, encounters with a rich geological past, memories of the first skiers or a stop at the wateriest Krkonoše waterfall, you have chosen the right route. At the Girl’s Bridge to Špindlerův bouda. The 170-year-old Špindlerůvka in the Silesian Saddle can be reached by bus (road built in 1928) from the starting point at Dívče lávky and from Špindlerův Mlýn, or by following the green sign (3 km from Dívče lávky). We continue along the red road in a westerly direction. Local names remind one of the ways of livelihood in the mountains – birding (Czech Čihadla and Polish Ptas Kamien). On Čihadle we will encounter small peat bogs with the carnivorous plant round-leaved tree frog.

From Špindlerovka to Petrova bouda, we continue along the red road, after 2 km we will come across a blue marked turn to the left to Petrova bouda. In summer we can choose whether to turn or continue along the ridge, in winter only the path around Petrovka is flagged. From Petrovka, we return to the border ridge following the yellow marker and continue along the red marker.

From Peter’s hut to Sněžný jámá, we climb Dívčí and Mužská kameny – prominent rocks with a good view. We pass the monuments – Kalmanův and O. Rysa, at which we turn onto Polish territory to the highest mountain of the western Giant Mountains – Vysoké Kol, 1508 m above sea level. On the right, there is a view of the Velká and Malá Sněžná jáma with glacial lakes. From Sněžné jam to Vosecká bouda and to the Mumlava valley. We continue on to Violík. 1 km further we reach a crossroads with a yellow sign (it leads to the spring of the Elbe – 3 km).

The road turns again to Poland, we pass the peak of Sokolník and at the intersection of the red-marked Tvarožník roads we turn left from the border ridge to Vosecká bouda and into the forested valley of the Mumlava river. Here, our route meets the blue-marked Harrachova path and together they continue downstream to today’s last stop – the Mumlav waterfall. It is only 8 m high, but it is the wateriest waterfall in the Giant Mountains. Here, too, we encounter interesting formations created in granite – in the rapids above the waterfall, the swirling water has ground giant pots or rather cauldrons – the largest in our country (with a diameter of 5-7m and a depth of 3m). From the waterfall, we descend to Harrachov either along the blue road to the bus station, or we continue along the longer red-marked road to Harrachov – Nové Svět.

Length: 19.5 km Elevation: 498 m Maximum height: 1198 m Minimum height: 700 m

The source of the Elbe is the designation of a place on the Krkonoše ridge, symbolically modified for tourist purposes as the beginning of the Elbe river. It is located at an altitude of approximately 1,387 m on the Labská louka, less than a kilometer southwest of the Violík mountain, on the cadastre of Špindlerův Mlýn, i.e. in the Trutnov district of the Hradec Králové Region. The border with the town of Rokytnice nad Jizerou and thus with the district of Semily in the Liberecký region does not coincide here with the north-south so-called Czech road, but runs a few tens of meters west of the source of the Elbe. The place is one of the most sought-after hiking destinations on the Czech side of the mountain range, its importance was appreciated as early as 1684, when it was visited and blessed by the bishop of Hradec Králové, Jan František Kryštof of Talmberk.

As mentioned above, it is only a symbolic installation at the intersection of marked tourist routes in the form of a circle with water inflow and outflow, a paved area with benches and (since 1968) a stone wall depicting the colored signs of 28 important cities through which the Elbe flows on its way to the sea flows. Jiří Škopek was the author of the wall. There is also a pair of commemorative plaques. The first is dedicated by the club of Czech tourists to the 70th anniversary of the promoter of Czech tourism in the Krkonoše Jan Buchar, the second to the eightieth anniversary of organized tourism and the centenary of the birth of Jan Buchar. The red-marked route from Jilemnice, which ends at this place, is also named after Jan Buchar. In 2006, a wooden statue of an allegory of water was placed near the source of the Elbe.

The watershed itself runs to the west of this place at a distance of approximately 150 to 300 m, and in this area there is also the actual source of the Elbe, which is not accessible to the public due to nature protection.

Sněžka (Polish Śnieżka, German Schneekoppe) is, with its 1603.3 m.a.s.l. (previously stated figure 1602 m.a.s.l.), the highest mountain in the Giant Mountains, Sudetenland, Silesia, Bohemia, and the whole of the Czech Republic. Since the peak of Sněžka is located in Poland (roughly 10 cm higher), the highest peak located within the borders of the Czech Republic is Luční hora.

It is an important landmark of the eastern part of the Giant Mountains. The Czech-Polish border passes near the top of Sněžka, the highest point of the mountain is located on the Polish side of the border, a few meters west of the chapel of St. Vavřinec. A cable car leads to the top from Pec pod Sněžkou, 4.5 km away. The northern, Polish side falls into the valley of the Lomnička river, the western part into the Úpská rašelina, the southwestern part into the Giant mine, the southeastern part into the valley of the Jeleního potok, and the eastern part into the Giant ridge.

The top of the mountain is rocky and has an area of around 120,000 m². Since Sněžka is the highest mountain in the wider area, there is an extensive panoramic view from the top. The peak serves as a frequent tourist destination, and it is possible to use a number of hiking and cross-country hiking trails to reach it.

The Špindlerův Mlýn ski area operates 5 cableways and 11 ski lifts in Špindlerův Mlýn and Horní Mísečky, a total of 25 km of downhill tracks, 95% of which are technically snow-covered. There are 3 snow parks and U ramp, 2 children’s parks and 85 km of cross-country trails.

A ski pass purchased at any ticket office can be used on all cable cars and ski lifts (lower regional fares can be used on LD Labská, LV na Horní Mísečky, LV Davidovka and Horal). The Krkonoše ski highway and groomed cross-country trails are almost 520 km long.

Ski area Špindelrův Mlýn offers parental and returnable ski passes. You pay 850 crowns for a return ski pass in the main season. If you return it within two hours, 280 crowns will be returned to you at the cash register, within four hours, you will receive back 170 crowns. The portable parental ski pass can be used by partners who take turns babysitting. A parent’s ski pass costs 900 crowns in the high season, but children under the age of six can travel for free.

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 st. Peter

Areál Svatý Petr is the most important center of sporting events in Špindlerův Mlýn. Every year, it is the scene of many important sporting events. There are 3 ropeways and five lifts in operation right in the area during the winter season. The downhill runs are of the highest quality in the whole of the Czech Republic in terms of the length of the elevation gain and the adjustments. The snow park, including the U-ramp, is also very popular. Within the entire Spindleruv Mlýn (5 cable cars and 11 lifts), a uniform fare applies. Svatý Petr is connected to the Medvědín area by a regular SKI BUS line. Visitors to Špindlerův Mlýn will find plenty of restaurants, ski and snowboard schools, evening leisure activities – swimming pools, bowling alleys, bobsleigh and toboggan runs, discotheques and, last but not least, the daily possibility of evening skiing on the well-lit Hromovka downhill track with a fast four-seater cable car.

Medvedin

The Medvědín area, which is connected by a cable car to the Horní Mísečky area, is increasingly sought after by skiers who like relaxed skiing on sunny slopes. There is a very good black and red downhill track, which is mainly intended for sports skiing. For beginners and family vacations with children, we recommend the Horní Mísečky area, which offers four ski lifts, always well-groomed slopes and a snow park with its own lift intended for snowboarders. The cross-country trails on Horní Mísečky are a frequent destination for cross-country skiing enthusiasts, who find well-maintained cross-country trails here every day, which are the starting point for ridge hikes.

 Labská

The newest Labská area was built on the route of the original Labská ski lift. The route of the new cable car is extended by 300 m compared to the original, so it leads to the cross-country track at Horní Mísečky. The downhill track was also extended and widened. Complete technical snowmaking was completed on Labská

A total elevation gain of 348 meters and a total descent of 821 meters await you on this cross-country circuit. The route is a very nice, moderately demanding route and leads through the beautiful Krkonoše landscape. The start and at the same time the destination of this route is Špindlerův Mlýn. The route measures less than 30 km.

For an easier start to the cross-country trip, it is a good idea to take the cable car to Medvědín and from there set off towards Horní Mísečky. For those who choose a more sporty option, the path leads from Špindlerův Mlýn to Horní Mísečky, which is about 1.5 km and an additional 325 meters in height. From Horní Míseček, the route roughly follows the contour of the Mechovinec mountain slope at a height of 1074.4 m.a.s.l. to the first peak of the path called Žalské rozsochy and around Kozlí hřbet. From there, the path will gently descend and climb along the western slope of Černá skála (1,038.6 m.a.s.l.) all the way to Janova hora (975.5 m.a.s.l.). From Janova hora, the road descends to the Hucul horse farm. Before the next ascent along Buchar’s path to Janský vrch (924.7 m.a.s.l.), there is an opportunity to refresh and gain strength at the Na rovince junction.

After the ascent to Jánský vrch, there will be a descent again along the Bucharova path, with the fact that after about a kilometer there is a turn to the left onto the Velbloudí path, which leads around Přední and Zadní Žalé for a length of 8 km. According to the local designation, it is called the Path of Lovers. After it, the route continues via a traverse across the Žalský kozí hřbet to above Dumlichův důl. Before the road crosses the ski resort in Herlíkovice, you have to turn sharply to the left, go down over Andělská hora and return towards Žalské kozí hrbet, where you will again alternate descent and ascent until you reach the intersection Na rovince. From there, the route continues along the eastern slope of Šeřína (1026 m.a.s.l.) above the budding enclave of Freshská Voda, through Třídomí (at the fork you need to keep to the right) to the stream Honzova stroha. The path continues through the enclave of Labská – Krausovy Boudy (you need to be careful here, the downhill track leads between the cottages) through the forest to Bedřichov.

It is possible to shorten the route by skipping the circuit from the intersection Na rovince via Janský vrch and back by almost 9 km.

Route points

Špindlerův Mlýn – Horní Mísečky – Mechovinec mountainside – Kozlí hřbet – Janova hora – Hucul farm – crossroad Na rovince – Janský vrch – Přední and Zadní Žalý – Dumlichův důl – Andělská hora – Na rovince – Šeřína hillside – Fresh water – Tridomí – Honz’s trough – Bedrichov