Our favourite things to do nearby

The Krkonoše mountains are located in the north of the country, on the border with Poland. The mountain area is more than 40 km long and more than 20 km wide. It is the largest and highest mountain area in the Czech Republic. A large part of the mountains is a national park. Both on the Czech side (south side of the mountains) and on the Polish side, many tourists come every year to enjoy the unprecedented hiking, cycling and outdoor sports opportunities and the fantastic view!

Most of the mountain area lies between 800 and 1500 meters altitude. The “Giant Mountains”, Krkonoše in Czech, are named after the giant who would live in the mountains. Although the area is much lower than, for example, the Alps, it is still a real mountain area and you can easily imagine a giant.

There are many hiking trails in the area – varying in length and difficulty – which are well marked. There are also numerous mountain bike trails, downhill clinics are given (on the mtb or step down the mountain!), you can go climbing or abseiling with a guide and there are trips where you cross the mountains with a quad or dirt bike. Afterwards, a splash in one of the many fresh mountain streams and quickly to the terrace, where a large, cold pivo (beer) is already waiting for you.

Hiking

Marked hiking trails have been set out throughout the mountains, which are clearly visible on the maps of the area. Also very useful is www.mapy.cz, where you can see all the detailed information. This way you can map out a nice tour for yourself, adapted to the level and needs of the hikers. What are the most beautiful places for hiking in the Giant Mountains? Some tours that should not be missed:

1. The ascent of the highest peak at 1602 meters

The top of this highest mountain in the Giant Mountains, the Sněžka, is easily reached by cable car from Pec pod Snezkou, but walking up yourself is more rewarding and beautiful! At the top you can walk a bit on the Czech-Polish friendship route: a hiking trail on the ridge, right on the border. From the bare top of the Sněžka (the Snow Head) you can oversee the entire area and look down like an eagle on the surrounding mountains and hills.

2. A trip on the ‘tree trunk paths north of Špindlerův Mlýn 

Log paths and decking take you over the peaty stretches on top of the mountain north of Špindlerův Mlýn. A special landscape that looks swampy, while the view confirms that you are really more than 1000 meters above sea level. When you come back on harder ground, mountain paths lead you over countless small streams, through forests and along beautiful mountain meadows. 

3. Harrachov waterfall

In the westernmost part of the nature park is Harrachov waterfall; the largest and the most famous in the area. In the summer it is busy with families who enjoy the water fun.

The hiking trails around the village are still busy, but a little further on you can enjoy nature in peace.

Good starting points for hiking in the Giant Mountains are Špindlerův Mlýn, Pec pod Sněžkou and Harrachov. There is sufficient parking space in these touristic mountain villages.


Cycling 

Cycling is extremely popular and the facilities are excellent. Special buses take cyclists to starting points by bicycle, you can rent bicycles in various places and there are more than 400km of marked routes in the mountains. You can also cycle relaxed in the valley on more than 230km of cycle paths.

Wintersport

The ski resort Černa Hora – Pec is the largest winter sports area in the Czech Republic. 50 kilometers of slopes are spread over 6 ski areas. With one ski pass you can use the different areas, which are well connected.

The Giant Mountains have 3 large ski areas, one of which is the largest in the Czech Republic, namely Špindlerův Mlýn. This area is about 55 minutes from the lodge. The other ski areas are Janské Lázně (approx. 20 min) and Pec pod Sněžkou (approx. 20 min).

Sights in the National Parks

Černá hora

One of the famous mountains in the Giant Mountains. A popular ski resort in winter, a mecca for hikers and cyclists in summer. Here you can also reach the top of the mountain with a cable car. Sports enthusiasts can choose to scooter the way down; you can rent a scooter at the starting point of the cable car.

In addition to walking, cycling and other outdoor sports, there is also plenty of cultural-historical entertainment in and around the Giant Mountains. There used to be mining, glass was blown and a large underground defense was built. Now there are several museums in which these activities are highlighted.

Sněžka

The Sněžka is the highest mountain on the Czech side (1,603 meters high). The base is a bit in the middle of the nature reserve. A cable car takes you to the top. Another fun activity to do here is bobsledding at Bobsleigh Relax Park.

One of the famous mountains in the Giant Mountains. A popular ski resort in winter, a mecca for hikers and cyclists in summer. Here you can also reach the top of the mountain with a cable car. Sports enthusiasts can choose to scooter the way down; you can rent a scooter at the starting point of the cable car.

Janské Lázně is a Czech spa and good starting point to explore the Czech part of the mountains. After a day of activity in the Giant Mountains, it is wonderful to relax in the spa, which is located in the center of the town. There were already mentions of these hot springs in the 15th century.

Castles

Just like in the rest of the Czech Republic – the country with the highest density of castles in the world – there are countless hills with beautiful castles and palaces.

Caves of Semily

In the area at the foot of Krkonoše, the Dolomite caves of Bozkov, caves of Semily are also highly recommended!

A little further out of Country Hill, but well worth it

The immediate vicinity of the Giant Mountains also has a lot to offer. Adršpašsko-Teplické National Nature Reserve

The rock town of Adršpach and Teplice are a well-known attraction to the east of the Krkonoše national park, the rock forest is one of the most visited sights in the Czech Republic. Huge rock pillars and formations protrude into the air here between the forests. Hike through the labyrinth of rock towers, along the massive walls of Chrámové and through narrow gorges in the Anenské valley. Read more about the nature around Broumov.

More to the southwest, Český Raj is a similar and breathtaking area. Crawl through slinky roads between giant rock pillars, scramble up to admire the area from above, and descend along narrow paths between rocks and greenery. 

Podkrkonoší

The promontory is a varied hilly area where you can enjoy cycling (both racing and mountain biking), hiking and horseback riding. The villages almost all have a square central market square, surrounded by colored houses with beautiful arches that form a covered market around the square.

Both in the villages and in the restaurants along the side of the road you will always feel welcome as a tourist. A word of English and German will get you by just fine. The food is tasty, cheap and plenty, the drinks (mainly beer with a low alcohol percentage) flow freely.

Some More Top Tips:

  • Central Europe’s largest zoo in Dvůr Králové
  • Glassblowing, crystal museum with shop in Harrachov (Glassblowing is only in the morning)
  • Giant Gingerbread Museum in Jilemnice
  • Beautiful waterfall views in Harrachov
  • Visit rocky mountains in Adršpach
  • Sightseeing flight over the Giant Mountains (starting point in Vrchlabí)
  • Tobogganing in Špindlerův Mlýn
  • Shopping in Trutnov and Vrchlabí
  • Visit the Janské Lázně spa
  • Day to Prague
  • Atmospheric winter tip: Take a dog sled trip through the traditional winter sports village of Pec pod Sněžkou
  • Bobsleigh track Pec Pod Sněžkou
  • Ski areál, bobsleigh track and kids outdoor summer pret park Mladé Buky
  • Golf resort Mladé Buky
  • Trail in the tree tops -Stezka v korunách stromů Jánské Lázně