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Trips from Horská Kvilda

The village at the highest elevation in this country (along with Kvilda), Horská Kvilda lies in the heart of the Šumava Plains at 1,062 metres. Tailings, the heaps of materials left by gold panning near the stream of Hamerský potok, are a testament to human activity centuries ago. The Gold Trail passed through this site back in the Middle Ages. Despite everything, you can still encounter the natural world, as yet unspoiled, especially at fen sites which were always inaccessible and mysterious, often referred to as the residences of mermaids and monsters.



The most famous inhabitant of Horská Kvilda was Rankl Sepp, the ‘Šumava giant'. His real name was Joseph Klostermann, which may indicate that he was a relative of the famous writer Karel Klostermann. A life-size (213 cm) wooden statue can be seen on a private piece of land just in front of the former school, now the Centre for Environmental Education run by the Šumava National Park Administration.

More recent well-known persons include Eduard Hones, a member of an old Šumava family, whose descendants still live here.



To the Povydří region and back


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Vydra-V-KuncWalking along the churning stream of Hamerský potok, you arrive at its junction with the River Vydra near Antýgl. The bed of the river boasts huge boulders and unique ‘giant pots' and has become one of the symbols of Šumava.

The murmur of the water and the silence of the forest accompany you on your way to the chalet of Turnerova chata. Note the turns toward Hrádky and Srní via the Klostermann Bridge as you go down the river. Moments of refreshment in the chalet can be made more interesting with an exploration of the European otter enclosure.

Your steps then continue steeply upward along the stream of Zhůřský potok as far as Zhůří - a height difference of 350 m! The plain on Zhůří is beautifully carpeted in flowers. Walking through the forest hollow following the former Gold Trail (green marks) takes you back to Horská Kvilda.


For spectacular views from Churáňov


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Malý-Polec-T-JiřičkaFirst, follow the pathway called Danielova cesta (blue marks) toward Zlatá Studna. While now you can enjoy a wonderful silence, broken only by the murmur of the vast forests of Šumava, note that previously there was a glass factory producing hollow glass and prayer beads; a good portion of noise and clamour!

Continue past the peat bog of Malý Polec as far as Churáňov where a viewing tower placed on a former ski jump offers a look around the Czech inland. Going back takes you over the mountain top of Přilba - follow the green and then blue marks; alternatively, you can return via Zlatá Studna again if you would like to walk about 5 km less. If you have enough time, you can explore the visitor and interpretation centre in Kvilda adjoining a red deer enclosure or visit the peat bog of Jezerní slať.


A walk over the Šumava Plains


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Roklan-V-HošekHorská Kvilda is a typical example of a village with houses scattered along mountain meadows and slopes. Overlooked by the mountain of Antýgl, you go through the woods to reach Filipova Huť (green marks). The panorama with the saddle of the Rachel Mountain on the horizon is deeply memorable. Follow the yellow marks to make your way to Kvilda which is the main crossing for both paths and roads in the Šumava Plains.

The impermeable bedrock and increased amount of both precipitation and springs gave rise to the extensive peat bogs. A good insight into this unique world can be obtained when visiting the fen of Jezerní slať on your way back to Horská Kvilda.


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