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Trips from Železná Ruda

Železná Ruda became a well-known centre of tourism more than a hundred years ago; a little bit later, it started to serve winter sport enthusiasts as well. The site can be accessed by car or by train. It is possible to continue to Germany and the neighbouring Bavarian Forest National Park by road or railroad, or on the trail for cyclists and hikers. The main border crossing is located in Alžbětín, a nearby site which hosts a major visitor centre presenting the natural world of Šumava.



The territory found north-west of Železná Ruda is called the Royal Forest. It features some true gems of Mother Nature. These can be accessed using marked hiking trails. Given the difficult topography, there are only a limited number of routes for cyclists.

In winter, there are well-maintained trails for cross-country skiers in the surrounding area, including trails for ski touring. These offer a unique countryside and expansive views. On the other hand, slopes in the ski resorts offer adrenaline.



The lakes of Černé jezero and Čertovo jezero



Černé-jezero---P.HubenýThe most famous glacial lakes in Šumava can be visited during a single trip involving an eight-kilometre loop starting from the Špičácké sedlo car park. Since 2014, it has been possible to walk an additional 1.5 km to reach the look-out tower on the top of Mt Špičák (1,202 m). Since the lakes are in a national nature reserve, walking off the marked trails is not permitted. (Simply, wildlife should be left alone in their ancient homeland!)

Interestingly, the main European watershed runs between the lakes, so the water from the lake of Černé Jezero flows into the North Sea, while that from the lake of Čertovo jezero runs into the Black Sea via the River Danube.


Bílá strž & Ostrý

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Ostrý---P.HubenýBílá strž is the highest waterfall in Šumava. The cascades on the stream of Bílý potok are 14 m overall. The site can be accessed from Špičácké sedlo; you also pass by the lake of Černé jezero. Hikers with endurance can continue to Stateček (formerly a restaurant, now a wooden seating area with a shelter) and climb as high as the mountain-top of Ostrý (1,293 metres). On the rocky peak there is a viewing platform and a Bavarian-style tourist chalet of 1897.

After descending into a small mountain saddle, you can ascend to the peak of Malý Ostrý (1,266 m). With its profile this bidentate mountain is sometimes called: The Breasts of the Mother of God. Places to descend include Hojsova Stráž, from which you can take a train ride back. Actually, trains are definitely useful in planning trips from Železná Ruda!


Pancíř - Můstek - Prenet


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Pancíř---V.KuncTo the north of Železná Ruda you can visit as many as three majestic peaks of Šumava. The footpath (marked in blue) starts right in the town. There is also the option of taking the chairlift from the settlement of Špičák, which leads as far as the Pancíř peak.

Once there, the local mountain chalet with a look-out tower built in 1923 offers a panoramic view. Southwards, the horizon is filled with the cone of Great Arber (1,456 m) - the highest peak of the mountain range.

To continue, routes run over the ridges of Můstek, Velký Prenet, and Malý Prenet, offering sweeping views. Now the route goes down, including to Hojsova Stráž (return by train).







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