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Trips from Modrava

Modrava could be called the ‘gateway to the wilderness'. The large local fens have preserved its wild natural face to a large extent. While significant areas of mature forest have withered due to the feeding of the bark beetle, now new generations of woods can be clearly seen sprouting beneath the dead trees; at some sites, they have even started to stick above the dead trunk line. Areas with no human influence are becoming home for rare species, such as capercaillie and lynx.



With the scattered build-up areas, Modrava and Filipova Huť are typical of Šumava villages.

Modrava visitor facilities include: Dřevák - a timber industry interpretation centre with an interactive exhibit entitled ‘All about Wood', countless wooden products, and an opportunity to paint a wooden bird - an original product of Šumava; Klostermann Chalet - a cultural monument; Lyer Brewery; and, last but not least, a metal seating area installation resembling a living room and placed at the river junction.


To Březník


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Březník-T-JiřičkaHikers can set out for this trip from Modrava by following the green marks via the fen of Cikánské slatě. Cyclists can use the blue marks guiding them along the asphalt road that truly follows the stream of Modravský potok. Along the way, there are open views across the ‘green sea' of Šumava forests, all topped off by perhaps the most photogenic panorama of the region that is available while standing on Březník: the mountain of Lusen that is actually the Bavarian side of the region.

As a natural site, Březník offers very harsh living conditions; nevertheless - or perhaps for this very reason - there are many rare species of plants, including gentians, monkshoods, and felworts. The spruce trees in the valley of Luzenské údolí remember well over a hundred years, but because of frosts in spring, and even in the summer, they never grow very much. The gamekeeper's lodge, called Březník, dominates the valley. It was made famous by writer Karel Klostermann, who set his novel Ze světa lesních samot [From the World of Forest Solitude] there. Today it hosts a visitor centre and an exhibit dedicated to the writer. The way back to Modrava leads along the stream of Modravský potok.


Around the fen of Tříjezerní slať


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Tříjezerní-slať-K-MalíkThe valley of the stream of Roklanský potok looks as though it were modelled by a glacier, which creates the sensation of being in Canada. Surrounded by wild woods, the broad valley is framed by mountains on the horizon. From Rybárna, you can experience what the local sense of humour calls quickways - after you covered some six kilometres extra, stay cold and continue to Javoří Pila.

The nearby sign makes note of the presence of humans as early as the Stone Age, as revealed by archaeological surveys. Following the zone of the former Iron Curtain, you reach the fen of Tříjezerní slať. Using the boardwalk, you approach a fine example of a mountain raised bog boasting three lakes.


The fen of Tříjezerní slať


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Tříjezerní-slať-Š-RosenkranzModrava lies at the confluence of three streams (Roklanský potok, Modravský potok, and Filipohuťský potok). From here onwards, the stream is called the River Vydra. The total length of this famous waterway is 11 km - it ends at Čeňkova Pila where it joins the River Křemelná.

From Modrava, you first make your way over the wonderful area called Vchynicko-tetovské terasy (red marks) to choose whether you will go down the hill to the River Vydra (a sluice gate) or as far as Rokyta. The nature trail called Povydří starts by Antýgl to guide you along the wildest and most picturesque part of the River Vydra.


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