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Trips from Kvilda

Kvilda lies at the intersection of roads, with hiking trails diverging from here in all directions. The heart of the village is dominated by Church of St Stephen, shingle-covered to protect against the slashing rain and snow. The past of the settlement and the difficult life of its inhabitants can be discovered in the Museum of Kvilda and Bučina seated at the Village Office. The main car parks are situated in the middle of the village and on its both ends.

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Kvilda lies in the middle of the Šumava Plains; the elevation is about 1,000 m and nothing rises out of it except the rounded peaks of mountains, originally over 4,000 m and today a maximum of 1,315 (the mountain of Černá hora) due to erosion.

The local peat bogs are legendary, as are those who used them for smuggling; as a result, they are perceived as treacherous and dangerous swamps. Actually, the sites generally feature some true gems of Mother Nature.

 


Trip to see the springs of the River Vltava

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Prameny-Vltavy-T-JiřičkaThe Czech ‘national river', the stream rises on the slopes of the mountain of Černá hora at an elevation of 1,190 metres. Initially, it is called Černý potok; it becomes Teplá Vltava from the village of Borová Lada onwards; from its confluence with Studená Vltava as far as the town of Mělník, it is just Vltava - no nicknames. The ground relief is generally moderate on the way to the spring, but you have to climb to reach Bučina where you can see as far as the Alps.

Nothing is left of the former village, but there are still things to explore: the restored chapel, the successful replica of the Iron Curtain next to the Alpská vyhlídka Hotel, and a comprehensive presentation of the region in the visitor centre of Šumava National Park and the neighbouring national park of the Bavarian Forest. Going back to Kvilda is again along an asphalt road - 7 km. (In summer months, you can get on a Green Line bus to return.)

 

Around the fen of Jezerní slať

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Jezerní-slať-V-HošekWith an elevation of 1,065 metres, Kvilda is the highest village in the Czech Republic. The Šumava Plains are a major source area for many Czech streams and rivers. Local specificities also include impermeable bedrock and high levels of precipitation. All of this has contributed to the evolution of the extensive peat bogs.

Three kilometres from Kvilda you reach the heart of the fen of Jezerní slať via a wooden walkway. Features demonstrating the harsh local conditions include the lowest temperature ever measured: -41.6 °C (1987). Picturesque mountain settlements include Horská Kvilda and Filipova Huť (green marks). Follow the yellow marks on your way back to Kvilda.

 

A loop to Staré Hutě and back

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Kvilda-u-Tremlů-D-ZývalováFrom Vilémov, the most picturesque quarter of Kvilda, the trail takes you through the deep-cut valley of the River Olšinka to the Na Starých Hutích crossroads (yellow marks). Continue via the dark spruce forests, which are typical of Šumava; perhaps because spruce is the best at withstanding the cold and humid climate here.

You pass through a unique visitor and interpretation centre with enclosures for red deer (open since 2015). To get to the public road, just head towards U Tremlů (a renewed wayside shrine); Kvilda is now a stone's throw away.

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