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Trips from Prášily

Once slated for demolition, the fall of the Iron Curtain and the foundation of Šumava National Park led to the site automatically becoming a centre of tourism in the western portion of Šumava. Only a single road leads to this small village, but the place can be accessed by a number of hiking trails and there is even a cyclist highway passing through (cycle trail 33), halving the entire national park from Železná Ruda as far as Lipno to the south.



In the vicinity of Prášily one finds both wild forests and extensive succession (self-evolving) areas that are home to many species of animals and plants, many of which are strictly protected. Glacial lakes are and remain true gems.

It is possible to go a whole day without encountering another hiker on the trail, particularly in the autumn or spring seasons. The viewing tower of Poledník is the opposite, since it seems everyone wants to go there. When wandering in this forsaken countryside, do not expect to find sites to get refreshments.


From Prášily to the lake of Laka


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The gurgling brook of Prášilský potok (red marks) takes you to Gsenget. Passing through the small mountain saddle of Zlatý stoleček, where smugglers reportedly transferred their contraband to one another, you reach the lake of Laka with its patches of peat floating on the surface. The smallest (2.5 hectares) and the shallowest (3.9 m) amongst the glacial lakes in Šumava, it also features the highest elevation of all (1,090 m). 

Along the stream of Jezerní potok you go downhill to Hůrka with the cemetery chapel of the Abel Family and the conciliation bell, passing the foundations of St Vincent Church re-arranged very recently with respect to the original purpose of the building. Heading for Vysoké Lávky (yellow marks) and Formberg (green marks) you turn back to Prášily via a deep forest.


Please note that the route from Gsenget to Laka is closed between 15 March and 15 July due to the nesting period of the capercaillie.


To the lake of Prášilské jezero and to Poledník


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z-Poledniku-ŠRosenkranzWhether starting directly in Prášily or at the car park of Slunečná, head for the lake of Prášilské jezero (red marks) which was formed by a glacier about 10 thousand years ago. Sturdier hikers can climb up to the mountain-top of Poledník with its 37-metre-high observation tower to be rewarded with a breath-taking panoramic view.

Note the vigour of Mother Nature as demonstrated by the trail called Windbreaks in the Mountain Spruce Forest. You can get back by following the green marks. Please be aware that the Poledník-Gsenget route is open only from 15 July to 15 November.

(Staying overnight on the top of Poledník is legally possible at a designated site.)


To Stodůlky - a trip to see abandoned settlements


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Stodůlky---J.SchafhauserStarting at the car park of Velký Bor, go downhill to the canyon of the River Křemelná (blue marks). Now you are climbing along the foot of the Křemelná mountain. The village of Stodůlky was here, once the largest municipality in Bohemia after Prague, despite having fewer than 2,000 residents! The later military training ground (1952-1991) gave way to the all-liberating natural succession. The trail continues to Zadní Paště (with the restored Chapel of St Martin) and on to Prostřední Paště and, eventually, Přední Paště (Chapel of Virgin Mary).

It is possible to follow an unmarked path up to Velký Babylon, which is more than worth the climb for the great view! After some time, you reach an asphalt surface, turn left (blue marks) and return to the base car park making a loop via Stodůlky.



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