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Trips from Srní

Srní sits at the edge of the Šumava Plains, where they begin their steep drop into the deep valley of the River Vydra and the canyon of the River Křemelná. From the valley of the River Otava you have a few zigzag bends to climb, but after that you can range much more easily in any direction. The gem at the heart of the village is the Church of the Holy Trinity, which is, according to Šumava habits, covered with shingles as protection against weathering. Srní is a crossroad and the central municipality with a variety of services.

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The surroundings of Srní are often called Klostermann land since it is here that Karel Klostermann, probably Šumava's most famous writer, had his roots; he also drew inspiration from the surrounding region, setting his novels and short stories here, including V ráji šumavském [In the Šumava Paradise].

Sites and highlights named after this prominent artist include a trail leading from Rokyta to Srní through scenic woods, a breath-taking viewing point found high above the valley of the River Otava, and a tourist chalet. In the near future, there may even be a museum.


 

Hauswald Chapel

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A chapel was built in 1820 in the woods above a log flume; found not far from Srní (2.5 km along the blue-marked trail), the grounds for this structure involved both miraculous apparitions and the local spring of healing water. In the era of totalitarianism, the chapel was taken down and the tradition of pilgrimages stopped. It was not until 2006 that the entire site was again treated with reverence, enabling everyone to visit once more and access the ‘miraculous' water, said to work especially on eye problems, or to set out on a famous pilgrimage held locally each August at the restored ‘Lourdes of Šumava' as the chapel is nicknamed. Hikers can take a walk any time of year along a nature trail around the hill of Kostelní vrch (5 km). Return is possible to Srní or the Mechov car park.

 

 

The flume of Vchynicko-tetovský plavební kanál

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Vchynicko-T-kanál-S.ŠůnaBuilt about 200 years ago to transport timber from the extensive and then-pristine forests uphill of Modrava, the flume was designed to bypass an unnavigable stretch of the River Vydra. (Happily, the proposed alternative, blasting the boulders in the riverbed, was never implemented due to the high cost!) The structure started with a sluice gate (called rechle in Czech) on the river; the gate initially caught the wood to release it down the flume.

Today, a nature trail takes you along the flume to discover the history and the countryside around Srní. In addition to eight small romantic stone bridges, the canal offers many interesting places to stop and see, including Rokyta, a geology exhibit & visitor centre; Hauswald Chapel, see above; and a moated chateau.

 

The region along the River Vydra

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Klostermannova-lávka-DKarel Klostermann wrote that the valley of the River Vydra was ‘a wild ravine and uninhabited wasteland of remarkable beauty' and the description could not have been more fitting. The area was later made accessible in 1988 by the addition of a pathway on the right riverbank, which today forms the grounds for a fascinating nature trail. Starting by Antýgl (at a car park), it ends at Čeňkova Pila seven kilometres away. Roughly in the middle there is an opportunity to refresh yourself at the historic chalet of Turnerova chata adjacent to a European otter exhibit.

The scenery of the region called Povydří lingers in the memory with its golden-brown water springing in peat bogs and its giant boulders.

 

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