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Ergis #ID: 3
The region's highlights
The Krkonose region features the highest mountain of the Czech Republic – Snezka (1602m) and the spring of the mighty Labe/Elbe river. The treasures of this area include an extraordinary flora and fauna and the unique northern tundra on the mountain range (e. g. Upa Peat). Examples of the wide range of traditional architecture can be found in Paseky nad Jizerou and several historically and urbanistically relevant towns in the foot-hills, e.g. Vrchlabí, Trutnov, Jilemnice, Hostinné, Kowary and more.
Natural sights in the Krkonose Mountains
Sights in the Krkonose Mountains
Ergis #ID: 43
Hiking in Krkonose Mts.
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.
In our e-shop you can purchase guide books with hiking pathes and maps.
If you have any guestions about hiking trails or hiking with a guide, we will be happy to assist you:
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel.: +420 604 703 735
Krkonose Mts. - Mountains of enjoyment
Ergis #ID: 4
Summer holiday in Krkonose Mts.
The Krkonose mountains are a popular recreational travel destination for many visitors that take advantage of the nearly unlimited possibilities for sports, leisure time activities and culture. During the summer months, visitors can explore well marked hiking and biking trails, as well as the local flora and fauna. Outdoor swimming pools, mountain chalets and cafés offer refreshment and relaxation.
The hiking and cycling season starts in May and has its peak in July and August. Autunm is our insider tip for hikers and bikers as it offers mostly good weather conditions and beautifully coloured forests. A little further up in the mountains even some snow would be no surprise at this time of the year.
Voltage: 220 V.
Outdoor sports, Cyclotourism, Hiking, Nordic-Walking
Ergis #ID: 31
Ergis #ID: 77
Biking in the Krkonose Mountains
Mountain biking is really big in the Krkonose Mountains. Discover one of Central Europe's most beautiful landscapes on countless paths and trails through mountains and foothills.
You'll find something for every taste and any fitness level, from easy routes in the foothills to technically very demanding tours up in the mountains. Most tours range between 400 and 1200 m above sea level. The highest points accessible by bike are the Vrbatova Bouda and Vyrovka at ca. 1400m. You may either cycle up here or simply take the lift or the shuttle bus and enjoy the long downhill rides.
Although the whole area is extensively signposted, taking a map with you is recommended. Within the national park you are obliged to stay on on the marked tracks.
For more information on mountain biking go to the Bikearena Krkonose Mountains bikearena.ergis.cz
Bikeshops in the region
Bike repair shops
Ergis #ID: 38
The cyclobus line is a regular bus line in the region of the Krkonose Mts. Buses run from May 31 till September 29, 2008:
June - every Saturday and Sunday;
Jule, August - every day;
September - every Saturday and Sunday, Public holidays and Thursday.
All buses on those lines are especially adapted to transfer at least 15 bikes. Cyclobuses will as a matter of course also transfer hikers over Krkonose Mountains.
The rate is hold by the carrier and is posted inside the vehicle. The additional charge for each bike is 10 CZK.
Ergis #ID: 61
Nordic-Walking in Krkonose Mountains
In the Krkonose Mountains you'll find ideal conditions to practice this rapidly growing in popularity sport. Nordic walkers can not only combine the sport with exploring the picturesque places or historical cities in the foothills, but - thanks to even mountain ridges - savour alsobeautiful views even from some parts of the main ridge or pleasantly reach the spring of the Labe river. For more demanding rises you can take advantage of funiculars or buses that in several spots reach the ridge (Harrachov, Špindlerův Mlýn - Špindlerova bouda, Horní Malá Úpa - Pomezní boudy).
In the Krokonose Mountains you will find Nordic walkers holding the international licence who can provide you with training for this sport and lead you to many interesting places. For more information go to zpk.ergis.cz.
Ergis #ID: 48
Downhill skiing in Krkonose Mountains
The Krkonose Mountains have the most visitors during the winter season, when the downhill skiers arrive. Besides the big ski-areas in Harrachov, Spindleruv Mlyn, Janske Lacne and Pec there are also smaller ski-areas to draw guests.
Many special slopes and ski-schools make it easy for beginners to join the fun on skis and snowboards. But the many "red" and "black" pistes will also get advanced skiers their money's worth.
Moderate prices for accomodation, food, drinks and lifts add to the region's overall attractivity.
The winter season starts end of November/beginning of December. Christmas and New Years definitely mark the peak season of the Krkonose Mountains.
As accomodation is scarce during this time of the year, it is highly recommended to book in advance!
The best time for winter sports is from January to the beginning of March.
Ski resorts offer many services to comfortably spend your winter holiday: artificial snow on slopes, night skiing, ski&snowboard rentals, ski schools, accommodation, restaurants, refreshments and other sports facilities ...
Skibuses shuttling skiers free of charge between their hotels/B&B and ski resorts are available in bigger ski centers. Timetables for skibuses are available in information centers, in hotels/B&B and at the bus stops.
Ergis #ID: 49
Cross-country skiing in Krkonose Mountains
Cross-country skiing fans can choose from over 550 km of machine groomed and well signposted cross-country skiing trails in the Krkonose Mts. These trails are denoted by poles or signes. Hiking trails are marked with standard signs on most maps and may be used for cross-country skiing as well. The signs consist of three horizontal stripes: white top and bottom and a colored middle stripe. (red, blue, yellow or green). Some hiking trails, however, may be closed in winter to prevent avalanches.
Many cross-country skiing trails are connected to the Krkonose skiing route that starts in the western part of Krkonose in Harrachov and continues through Spindleruv Mlyn, Pec pod Snezkou and Mala Upa to the east to Zacler. This skiing route is prepared for classical skiing as well as skating for most of its length. You may also visit the Polish side of the Krkonose Mts. using one of the many skier border crossings. Do not forget to bring your ID card or passport.
If the weather turns bad or you decide to continue your trip on the dext day, you can always find a accommodation at one of thechalets even without previous bookings (for groups we still recommend advance booking).
Maps and more information on cross-country skiing trails are available on the ergis.cz website in our E-shop or in any local information center.
Ergis #ID: 63
Winter holiday in Krkonose Mts.
In winter Krkonose Mountains offer the best conditions for skiing in the Czech Republic. Especially famous are skiing centers in Spindleruv Mlyn, Harrachov, Pec pod Snezkou, Karpacz and Sklarska Poreba in Poland.
The winter season starts at the end of November and beginning of December. The main tourist season falls on the Christmas time, New Years Eve and spring school holidays in February. Most of the accommodation is booked far ahead for this period so we recommend to make your bookings early. The best time for winter sports is between January and March.
Cableways, Ski-lifts, Cross-country skiing tracks, Down-hill runs, Sledge runs,...
Ergis #ID: 103
The winterbus line is a regular bus line in the region of the Krkonose Mts. Winterbuses run from December 27, 2008 till March 22, 2009: every Thursday and Saturday.
The rate is hold by the carrier and is posted inside the vehicle.
Rules for a safe trip:
Before departing on a ski expedition, check the weather conditions on the Krkonose Mts.
Take notice of any Mountain Rescue warnings.
Be aware of all Mountain Rescue warning notices and do not damage or destroy any route or warning signs.
Do not leave the marked paths.
On the mountain ridges keep only within the areas designated by poles.
Please inform your hotel reception before leaving for a mountain tour of your intended route and the anticipated return time.
Use a detailed, up-to-date map on your trips.
Take your fully-charged mobile phone and have the Mountain Rescue number prepared.
Ergis #ID: 50
During the winter season you can meet dogsledding teams while cross-country skiing or winter hiking in Krkonose Mts. The Czech Association of dogsledding - Mushers Club Krakonos, has specially selected trails that can be used for dogsledding by members of the club or with an individual permission from the National Park Authorities.
If you are interested in dogsledding tours contact us for more information by phone at +420 499 422 144 or by e-mail at email@example.com. You can also enjoy a long weekend in Krkonose Mts. driving your "own" team of huskies.
Ergis #ID: 62
On 21.06.2006 at 11:00 a.m. we would like to invite you for an opening of a brand new rope center in Špindlerový Mlýn called MonkeyPark. The longest rope park in the Krkonoše Mountains is situated right at the entrance to the bobsleigh track.
MonkeyPark is designed for the wide public including children from the 140 cm height. It is designed and prepared in such a way so that even untrained tourist or child from certain height would manage the shortest from three tracks. In spite of that (or maybe thanks to that) even that visitor will get a great experience.
The attraction of MonkeyPark lies in sequential coping with obstacles suspended on ropes between trees at the 3-7 meters height above the ground. On the trees between individual obstacles there are special “bases” attached, on which a visitor can rest and at the same time go from one obstacle to the next one.
Before beginning to cope with the obstacles every visitor gets the professional instructions needed and also his/her further steps are all the time under the supervision of marked instructors. Every one wears special equipment complete with two security trims which are permanently attached to the security rope. The visitor is all over the time of climbing over the park qualitatively double secured against the fall.
Ergis #ID: 44
Visitors to Krkonose Mts. can experience horse-back riding on many farmsthat have a permission from the Krkonose National Park for round sight-seeing tours. Other services that these farms offer include e.g. rides in the countryside, outdoor lessons, lessons in the riding-hall, children's camps etc. Some of these farms also offer stalls for your own horse and the use of local trails. During the winter season visitors have a chance to enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides on many places in the Krkonose area.
Ergis #ID: 41
Within the territory of Krkonose National Park, the rivers Jizera and Labe can be used for running down with vessels without engine (raft, canoe, kayak). River Jizera can be used on all its lenght. River Labe can be used only from the upper part of Labe from the Labská dam. The best season is spring when there is enough water from melting snow. For river Labe a permission from the Information Centre KRNAP in Špindlerův Mlýn shall be obtained. This permission is strictly limited to high water in the river basin. The permission is given for free only on the day of running down with vessels.
The starting and exit places are marked at the river with a table with a pictogram. Embarking and landing at other places are forbidden to protect natural conditions of river bank growth. Running down other water courses in the national park is not permitted.
Water route Jizera
Water route Labe
For more information contact:
Information centre KRNAP Spindleruv Mlyn
(+420) 499 433 228
Information centre KRNAP Harrachov
(+420) 481 529 188
Ergis #ID: 40
Paragliding enthusiasts will find seven locations in Krkonose Mts. where they can enjoy this adrenalin sport (flying with paraglides and hang gliders). All locations are marked with a pictogram: Harrachov - Certova hora; Rokytnice nad Jizerou - hillside of Lysa hora; Horni Misecky - Misecky plain; Spindleruv Mlyn - Medvedin and Plan; Vrchlabi - Zaly; Janske Lazne - Cerna hora.
There are air corridors and landing points with individual operating rules for each area. Operating rules are posted in each location and they are also available in all information centers of the national park. In the national park itself paragliding is prohibited with the exception of the listed places and corridors.
Ergis #ID: 39
Krkonose Mts. is an area of long rounded ridges without suitable terrain for rock-climbing. Isolated tower rocks called tor, typical for the peak altitudes (mostly in I. and II. zone of the national park), are not open for climbing.
Rock-climbing is allowed only at the following locations:
- Hnede skaly near Strazne
- Hranostaji skala near Strazne
- Emin kamen near Labska, Spindleruv Mlyn
- Lubosske skaly near Harrachov
Rock-climbing is prohibited in the rest of the Krkonose National Park. For more information contact:
Information centre KRNAP Spindleruv Mlyn
(+420) 499 433 228
Information centre KRNAP Harrachov
(+420) 481 529 188
Ideal rock-climbing locations are not too far away from Krkonose Mts. at:
Prachovske skaly - 30km from Vrchlabi
Adrspasske skaly - 70km from Vrchlabi
Ergis #ID: 32
Accommodation in Krkonose Mts.
Ergis #ID: 85
Tourist information in the Krkonose Mountains
There are many information centres in the Krkonose Mountains. Most of them are operated privately operated and self-financed by arranging tourist-accommodation and selling souvenirs.
Information centres displaying a white "i" on a green background are certified by CzechTourism. They also offer additional services like transportation schedules, information on hiking routes, bicycle tours, etc.
The Krkonose National Park information centres (KRNAP) supply tips, advice and information on the nature of the Krkonose Mountains and e.g. the condition and clearance of hiking trails.
List of information centres
Ergis #ID: 5
Czech side: Czech crown (Kc, international code CZK), 1 Kc = 100 hellers. 24 crowns equals around 1 Euro. Czech banknotes
Polish side: Polish Zloty (Zl, international code PLN), 1 Zloty = 100 Grozsy. 3.8 Zloty equals around 1 Euro. Polish banknotes
Ergis #ID: 89
In most informational centres, in tourist exchange offices, in banks. Automatic teller machines for credit cards are available in most cities.
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Cell phones have, with few exceptions, signal everywhere in the Krkonose national park. Country code for the Czech Republic is +420, for Poland +48.
Important phone numbers:
Mountain rescue services in Czech: 602 448 338
Mountain rescue services in Poland: 985 or 601 100 300
Police: 112 or 158
Emergency phone numbers
Ergis #ID: 93
Food and drinks
Don't miss out on the delicious Czech homestyle cooking and the international cuisine in the region's many restaurants. Meat dishes start at an equivalent of 5 Euros and include side dishes.
The Restaurants are generally quite good and use fresh ingredients. Drinks are also moderately priced compared to the "old" Europe. Prices vary slightly, depending on the region. Half-board bookings are between 150 and 200 Czech Crowns per day and mostly include 2 or 3 set-meals with soup, main dish and dessert to choose from.
Ergis #ID: 33
Nature conservation in the Krkonose Mts.
Many visitors don’t perceive that the nature in the Giant Mountains is in a state of serious endangerment. Paradoxically, while prestigious international institutions (Dutch foundation FACE, European Union, UNECSO, The World Bank) help to rescue the valuable nature of the Giant Mountains, we ourselves continually destroy it. The worst menaces of today are not only pollutants but also unregulated invasion of tourism.
You can also contribute to this effort to preserve the nature of the Giant Mountains for future generations by following the visitor regulations of the parks, signs and information boards.
MaB, KRNAP, KPN
History of conservation