Places you shouldn't miss while visiting ...
Places you shouldn't miss while visiting ...
The highest mountain in the Czech Republic (1.603 m)
This dominant feature of the Krkonoše Mountains - a stone pyramid modeled by a glacier - is a popular destination for hiking tours, from where there are beautiful views far to the region on the Czech and Polish side. At the top stands the circular chapel of St. Lawrence from 1665, Polish hut from 1976 with a weather station and a new Czech post office built in 2005-2006.
From Špindlerův Mlýn you can reach Sněžka by various paths (along the red trail through Kozí hřbety (10.5 km), along the green through Dlouhý důl and Luční bouda (12 km), along the blue tourist trail through valley of the White Elbe (13 km) or by bus to Špindlerova bouda and then follow a red tourist trail (9.5 km). The cableway from Pec pod Sněžkou (from Špindlerův Mlýn about 45 km by car or bus) also leads to the peak of Sněžka.
One of the largest rivers in Europe (1,094 km, of which 371 km in the Czech Republic) springs on the Elbe Meadow at an altitude of 1,387 m. The actual Elbe spring is located in peat bogs and is inaccessible to the public due to nature protection. There was built a stone circle for tourist purposes, at the crossroads of Bucharova and Česká cesta. It represents the beginning of the Elbe River. In 1968 there was built a stone wall with color markings of 26 important cities through which the Elbe flows on its way to the sea. The place is one of the most sought-after hiking destinations on the Czech side of the Giant Mountains. A kilometer away is located Labská bouda, which provides snacks and accommodation.
From Špindlerův Mlýn you can get to the source of the Elbe, for example by following the red and yellow tourist trail through Horní Mísečky and around Vrbatova bouda (9 km; this route can be easier if you take the cable car to Medvědín). Alternatively, you can take the bus to Špindlerovka and follow the red-marked ridge road through the Snow Pits and the Czech Booth to reach the spring (9 km).
Sněžné jámy (German Schneegruben, Polish Śnieżne Kotły) are one of the most photogenic places in the Giant Mountains. From a distance you will be reliably led by the dominant building of the transmitter, also called Wawel, located at an altitude of 1,480 m. In the past it was in operation as a tourist cottage.
The main ridge falls here through the rock walls sharply to the Polish side into the deep pits - these kettles were made by glaciers - on the bottom of this holoes are small glacial lakes. As in other glacier rivers, they are home to the botanical jewels of the Krkonoše Mountains.
From the city center, if you cross the Girl's Footbridge, the Bear and Martin's Hut are about 9 km away. It is 6.5 km from Špindlerův Mlýn. You can return to Špindlerův Mlýn along the yellow-marked Horse Road to Labská bouda and from there follow a blue tourist trail to Labský Důl (11 km).
Pančava Waterfall is the highest waterfall in the Czech Republic. The height of the waterfall is 148 m (falls from 1.298 to 1.150 m). The waterfall on the Pančava Creek, which falls into the upper part of the Labský důl (Elbe Mine), is divided into four distinct stages.
Around the upper edge of the waterfall there is a red marked Bucharova cesta, direction from Vrbatova bouda (Vrbatova Hut) to Labská bouda (Elbe Hut). It offers views of the nearby Ambrose Lookout (Ambrožova vyhlídka). From the bottom you can see it from the blue-marked path leading along the bottom of the Labský důl (Elbe Mine).
There is a 35 meter high Elbe Waterfall about a kilometr away, which falls into the Labský důl (Elbe Mine) below Labská bouda (Elbe Hut), approximately 1 km southeast of the Elbe Source.
The nature trail (1.2 km) conceals, in addition to its natural beauties, an exceptionally well-preserved dam work on the Devil's Stroller, more than 100 years old. After a series of devastating floods at the end of the 19th century, extensive dam works were carried out here, as well as throughout the Elbe, Jizera and Úpa basins. For example the Devil's Ditch, whose almost all barriers have been preserved and there are fully functional until today. It illustrates high architectural skilfulness of our ancestors, achieved by very modest equipment. 43 transversal and 194 longitudinal stone barriers were built here. With regard to the round shapes of the stones in the channels of the Krkonoše streams and the disproportionate difficulty of their stonecutting, approximately half of the stone was obtained from a quarry, set up for this purpose above the river-mouth of the Červený stream.
The Devil's Mine educational trail starts 200 m above White Elbe's Hut and leads upstream of the Devil's Ditch. You will follow it to the place where the remains of the former Blacksmith's shop. You can go back the same way or you can follow Hoffman Way, about 150 m below the Blacksmith's shop, this trail connects after 1.3 km to the yellow hiking trail and leads to Spindlerovka (you can of course choose the opposite direction).