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Trips from Rokyta

The former Schwarzenberg gamekeeper's lodge hosts a national park visitor centre dedicated to floating timber and the living habits of Šumava's population in the past. In addition to what is displayed indoors, you can touch a bit of the Boubín and Třístoličník mountains and other rocks found throughout Šumava in the outdoor geological exhibit. Rokyta hosts the major Šumava National Park events. Its favourable terrain and interesting neighbourhood make it a starting place for discovery tours using an electric scooter.



With the large car park available, Rokyta is an excellent starting place for trips around Šumava. The log flume that passes through can be the centreline for this, making it possible to turn to see the Šumava peaks (e.g. Poledník, 1,315 m) and the heart of the fabulous Šumava peat bogs.

The oldest settlement preserved so far in the wider neighbourhood is called Antýgl. This former magistracy is now a camping site, but as early as 1849, it was reportedly a kind of refreshment site where a farmer offered bread, smoked meat, and beer. Accommodation was available from 1920 onwards.



The region along the River Vydra


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Between Antýgl and Čeňkova Pila (7 km), the river forms a deep valley cut into seemingly eternal rocks of granite and gneiss. The wild stretch was made accessible only in 1988 by the addition of a pathway on the right riverbank. Today it hosts one of the most visited nature trails in Šumava. Rounded boulders of all sizes create scenery that lingers in the memory.

The work of the golden-brown water springing in the peat bogs never ends, creating pits called giant pots by eroding rocks with drifting sand. After some refreshment at the historic chalet of Turnerova chata adjacent to a European otter exhibit, you are welcome to turn to Hrádky via the Klostermann Bridge to make a loop.


The log flume of Vchynicko-tetovský plavební kanál


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Built about 200 years ago upon the order of Prince Schwarzenberg, the flume running near Rokyta 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) which 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 Hauswald Chapel - see below; the viewing point of Klostermannova vyhlídka; a moated chateau and other sights.


The fen of Tříjezerní slať


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From Rokyta (yellow marks), the path takes you to an outstanding demonstration of a Šumava raised bog. First, you walk through waterlogged spruce woodland to continue through a zone of scrub pines and arrive at the highest point, which hides peaty lakes staring at you as if they were eyeballs.

Everything can be accessed safely and drily on foot by using the wooden walkway leading to the heart of the bog. Please do not step off the walkway, because there is a dense population of carnivorous sundew! Going back, it is possible to complete the loop to Rokyta by taking the path of Hakešická cesta.


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