Car trips

Vrchlabí 
(400 m a.s.l.)
 - 15 km


 

On the ridges of the Krkonoše, in Labská louka, rises the source of the mighty European Elbe. The town of Vrchlabí is the first large town along the Elbe. The Elbe that flows through Vrchlabí here is still just a mountain stream. The town offers several historical monuments, museums and ideas for walks or bike rides in the surrounding area. More information about the town’s history and other interesting features is available in the regional tourist information centre, which is in the Town Hall on the square.  

 

 

Places of interest:

 

Vrchlabí Chateau – construction work was started by Kryštof Gendorf of Gendorf in 1546. Built in the Renaissance style, it is one of the first buildings of its kind in Bohemia. The unknown builder based the design on the Italian castello (a small fortress or keep). The chateau was later completed by a different builder. Visitors only have free access to the entrance hall, where there are pictures of the last Krkonoše bears to be hunted displayed on the walls. The chateau now houses the Municipal Office.
 
Chateau Park – built at the same time as the chateau, this was originally an ornamental garden which blended into the open countryside. The gardener Fuchs transformed the garden into a natural park, got rid of the moat around the chateau and replaced it with a little lake. The park is listed as a cultural monument and has been managed by the KRNAP administration since 1964.
 
Augustinian Monastery – established in 1705 by Maximilian von Morzin. Baroque architecture with elements of Classicism, completed in 1725. Seven portal altars from 1725 – 1735, valuable organ from 1895 (built by Rieger of Krnov); the main altar features an image of St. Augustine, to whom the monastery is consecrated. The church is now used as a concert hall and the residential part of the monastery houses the natural science and historical exhibitions of the Krkonoše Museum.
 
Church of Saint Lawrence – this church stands on the site of a single-nave Gothic church, which was demolished and replaced by a Neo-Gothic church consecrated to St. Lawrence. The tower on the western side is 60 m high, the three-nave hall is 30 m long and 18 m wide. The most notable features of the church are the beautiful colourfully decorated windows and the historical artifacts and pictures brought here from the old church – the most valuable item is the copper baptismal font inscribed with the year 1566.
 
Museum “U čtyř domků”
- these four gabled houses are some of the oldest examples of folk architecture in the Krkonoše Mountains and are the precious remains of the original town buildings. There were originally five little wooden buildings here, four of which have been reconstructed, during the course of which a pine board was discovered bearing the date 1623. Nowadays it serves as a museum of the KRNAP administration.
 
No. 222 - seasonal exhibition
 
No. 223 – KRNAP info
 
Nos. 224 and 225 - ethnographic exhibitions entitled “Z tvorby krkonošského lidu” (“Work of the Krkonoše People”) and “Z dějin města Vrchlabí” (“History of the Town of Vrchlabí”) 

 

Pec pod Sněžkou 
(750 m a.s.l.)
 - 45 km

 

The town of Pec pod Sněžkou is situated in the eastern part of the Krkonoše, in a valley of the river Úpa and the streams of Zelený and Luční potok. It nestles amidst the surrounding peaks of Černá hora (1 299 m a.s.l.), Jelení vrch (1 024 m a.s.l.), Liščí hora (1 363 m a.s.l.), Studniční hora (1 554 m a.s.l.) and the highest mountain in the Czech Republic, Sněžka (1 602 m a.s.l.). The town’s name is derived from a furnace set up to smelt the iron, arsenic and copper ore that was mined in Obří důl from the 16th to 19th century. After World War 2 the original mining settlements became a tourist centre. The construction of the cable car to Růžová hora and Sněžka in 1948–50 was of crucial importance to the town, as was the building of the ski tows and ski slopes.

 

Places of interest:

 

Cable car Pec p. Sněžkou (750 m a.s.l.) – Růžová hora (1 390 m a.s.l.) – Sněžka (1602 m a.s.l.) – the first section to Růžová hora was opened on 15th January 1949 and the first passengers travelled up to Sněžka on 10th November in the same year. In 1999 the cable car celebrated its 50th anniversary. The cars in the first section have seats and a roof, while on the second section passengers have to put up with just seats.  
 
Educational trail around Pec (5 km) - centre of Pec p. Sněžkou - Malá Pláňe – cottages - Velká Pláňe - centre of Pec p. Sněžkou. The route is indicated by wooden signposts and there are information panels describing something of the history of this little mountain town. These short texts tell you about the establishment of the local mining and woodcutters’ settlements in four languages.
 
Educational trail through the valley of Zelený potok (8 km) - centre of Pec p. Sněžkou - Velká Pláňe – cottages - Zelený potok - centre of Pec p. Sněžkou. The route is indicated by wooden signposts and information panels. This is a lovely walk through the meadows, which in summer are a glory of beautiful flowers, and through the forest, where you will cross several crystal-clear bubbling streams.
 
Kovárna historical mine (5 km) – The Kovárna mine in Obří důl is only open in the summer months. You’ll be amazed how much space those miners carved out using simple tools in their search for iron, arsenic and copper. Professional speleologists have cleared the main mining area and have created an access gallery.
For more information visit the Pec pod Sněžkou Tourist Information Centre or the Veselý Výlet Information Centre, which will provide you with all the information you need about other places of interest in Pec pod Sněžkou. 

 

Harrachov (600 m a.s.l.)
 - 50 km
    

 

The town of Harrachov is situated in the western part of the Krkonoše. Harrachov was founded in the 17th century near Seifenbach, now Ryzí potok stream. The settlement was originally named Dörfl, and was renamed in the early 18th century to Harrachov after its owners. After the Second World War it was extended to include the villages of Nový svět, Rýžovistě and Mýtiny. Before Harrachov became known as a tourism and sports centre of the Krkonoše, it was famous far and wide for its glass-making, as a town with a tradition of high-class handmade blown and cut glass as well as engraved, painted and other forms of decorated glassware. Harrachov also has links to mining, and the village of Rýžovistě is one of the oldest villages in the Krkonoše from pre-Hussite times, when mining first began in the Krkonoše Mountains.  

 

Places of interest:

 

Glassworks, Glass Museum and mini-brewery – from as early as 1712 the glassworks specialised in handcrafted luxury beverage glasses and decorative and cut glass and chandeliers. You can see the traditional glassworking techniques in action during a tour around the site. The pride of the glassworks is its 100-year-old glass-cutting room, which is powered by a transmission system and a water turbine. The Glass Museum contains some unique glass collections.  
 
Chapel of St. Alžběta - famous for its unique glass bell. It is open to the public, and contains an altar made from Venetian mirrors and lavishly decorated stained-glass windows.
 
Municipal Ski Museum – This museum shows how people used to live in the mountains and what tools and equipment were used in those harsh mountain conditions. Showcases the accomplishments of Harrachov skiers.
 
Mining Museum – the Mining Museum and sightseeing gallery were opened in March 2003 on the level of the former main gallery floor. The museum contains examples of minerals from fluorite beds, mining tools and equipment, and maps and photographs documenting the work in this mine.
 
Šindelka forestry and gamekeeping exhibition – KRNAP administration – this forestry and gamekeeping exhibition is housed in a building which until 1934 made traditional wooden roofing - shingles. As well as the period tools and implements used to make the shingles, the museum also has displays of other items, such as the sledges used in the western Krkonoše.
 
Cog railway - one of Harrachov’s attractions is definitely the cog railway between Tanvald and Harrachov, which has been declared a national engineering monument. In the past this railway was an important link between the Czech Republic and Poland and during the Second World War was also a vital route to Berlin. Due to the general decline in rail transport, the route is now mostly used by tourists and for passengers travelling to Harrachov.

 

Dvůr Králové nad Labem - 50 km


 

Dvůr Králové nad Labem is situated in a picturesque valley of the river Elbe, surrounded by beautiful countryside. The first record of the town dates back to 1200. From the 14th century until 1918 it was a dowry town of the Bohemian queens. The rich history of Dvůr Králové is evident in the historical, cultural and artistic monuments in the town itself and in the local area. The Municipal Information Centre on the square will provide you with a map of the town so you can take a tour around the sights.

 

Places of interest:

 

Náměstí T.G. Masaryka – the square itself is a historical monument, dominated by the Virgin Mary group of sculptures, with many historical buildings, the oldest of which is the old town hall from 1572.
 
St. John the Baptist Church – the church is in the Gothic style, dominated by a slender white tower 64 m high. The tower is open to the public and the walkway provides a wonderful view of the surrounding area. In the lower half of the tower you can find the manuscript dungeon, where in 1817 Václav Hanka discovered the Manuscript of Dvůr Králové.
 
Kohoutův Dvůr – work began on this Baroque complex in 1738. The farmhouse consists of two buildings, and now houses the Municipal Museum. The main building contains an exhibition on the history of the town. The newly refurbished Špýchar building contains an exhibition of sculptures from the National Gallery and pictures of the “Stations of the Cross" by the artist J. Bergl.
 
Šindelářská věž tower - in the Middle Ages the tower was one of four towers making up the town fortifications. Only one has been preserved to this day. The Šindelářská věž tower is 20 m high and the walls are 2m thick. Unfortunately, it is not open to the public.
 
Zoo and safari – relive your childhood memories, when you used to dream of adventures with wild animals and those dreams used to come at least partly true when your parents took you to the zoo at the weekend. Dvůr Králové Zoo presents the mysteries of Africa, without you having to cross nine mountains and nine rivers.

 

Stachelberg Fortress  - 
47 km


Špindlerův Mlýn – Vrchlabí – towards Trutnov

 

Stachelberg artillery fortress is situated between the towns of Trutnov and Žacléř, on the top of the ridge overlooking the village of Babí. Stachelberg was part of the border fortifications set up to defend against Hitler’s Germany. It was deployed in October 1937 as the largest artillery fortress in Czechoslovakia and one of the largest fortresses of its kind in the world. The construction of the fortress was interrupted by the Munich Agreement and the ceding of the border to Germany in October 1938. It was to have 12 bunkers connected by an extensive system of underground passages. Less than a year of construction saw the excavation of the underground rooms and one bunker concreted on the surface. The tour of the fortress includes an exhibition on military history, the underground parts of the fortress, and the armed light fortifications. An extensive system of field fortifications was built at Stachelberg. Nowadays part of this system has been modified and opened to the public. There is also an educational trail, "Fortified Trutnov Region", which takes you on a 7.5-km walk through the picturesque valley of the Ličná river. Along the educational trail there are information boards which always tell you something interesting. 

 

Adršpach rock town
 - 68 km


Špindlerův Mlýn – Vrchlabí – Trutnov – Adršpach

 

Adršpach Rocks is one of the most visited places in the Czech Republic. The remarkable beauty of this rock town has attracted nature lovers for centuries. There is a walking circuit leading through the extensive labyrinth of rock towers. You’ll have the chance to wander through narrow passes, where snow often still lies until late spring, walk through deep gorges and climb up to viewpoints which give a bird’s-eye view of the rock town. Children in particular will love a ride on a punt on the lake amidst the rocks. Adršpach Rocks are beautiful at any time of the year, and have their very own special charm during the winter season.  

 

 

Nearby places of interest:

 

Teplice Rocks just as beautiful and interesting as Adršpach Rocks. Both rock towns are connected by Vlčí soutěska (Wolf Pass)
 
Broumov Walls (Broumovské stěny) – Broumov Walls, declared a national nature reserve in 1956, is a distinctive ridge 10 to 12 km long between the towns of Police nad Metují and Broumov. Broumov Walls consist of separate rock towns and rock towers.

 

Karpacz (PL) - 
72 km 

 

Karpacz is a typical mountain town, situated in the Krkonoše Mountains in a valley of the river Lomnice and its tributaries at the foot of Sněžka. Karpacz lies in a fairly narrow and steep valley of the Lomnice at a height of 480 m to 885 m a.s.l.
Due to the excellent climate and terrain, Karpacz is a centre for winter sports and is popular with hikers in summer. The main attraction of the town is the little Wang Church, a jewel of wooden Scandinavian architecture from the 12th century. We recommend visiting the Toy Museum, which boasts a collection of more than 2000 items. You can find out more about the history of sport and tourism in the Krkonoše Mountains on a visit to the Museum of Sport and Tourism. On hot summer days why not cool down by the Wild Waterfall near the bottom station of the cable car to Kop. Another great place to relax is the small reservoir on the river Lomnice, formed by a dam. You can also spend some pleasant time in the little western-style town at “Pod Kozí skálou”, which is situated between Karpacz and Ściegny. You’re sure to enjoy the Wild West atmosphere here and, if you’re lucky, you might see a real sheriff, witness a “bank robbery” or an “Indian attack”. If you’re more into adrenaline sports, try the longest summer sledging slope in Poland or the “Alpine-Coaster" bobsled.