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Trips from Borová Lada

The Czech word lada used to be a term for a barren area with scarce vegetation and, with over-waterlogged ground, very rough conditions for life. A number of such zones can be found throughout this area of Šumava. Of these, Borová Lada is the largest and the best known site; today, it offers its numerous visitors diverse options including ever-improving facilities. Here on the edge of the Šumava Plains, you can choose from a wide variety of destinations from the workshop of Mother Nature.
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In addition to attractive natural objects, the place entices visitors with many cultural sites. Directly across the road from Borová Lada is an original chapel that was restored in 2006; named after St Anne, it is across the road to the hill with the local Stations of the Cross.

The nearest church stood in the nearby village of Nový Svět; however, it was taken down after World War II. Today the place has received reverent treatment, as has the original cemetery; its genius loci is sure to be felt even by nonbelievers.


 

Around the fen of Chalupská slať

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Chalupská-slať-H-CimburkováIn this fen, you encounter the largest peaty lake in Bohemia: 1.2 hectares! It offers one of the most beautiful views of the Šumava fens. After leaving from the car park in Svinná Lada, you join a wooden walkway that leads you into the heart of the fen: 310 metres, no barriers!

There is no point in trying to see to the bottom, as the thickness of the peat here is up to seven metres. Fortunately, the peat extraction stopped in front of the lake in the 19th century, which is better not only for the rare marsh plants like bog rosemary and sundew, but also for every visitor.

The visitor centre tells you everything about the life of peatlands; the interactive display is designed for visually impaired visitors as well. You can take a tour around the entire fen (green marks) and return to Borová Lada via Šindlov and Nový Svět.

 

To Knížecí Pláně

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Knížecí-Pláně-Š-RosenkranzThe nearby border with the former ‘Western' Germany intervened in the fate of many a Šumava village. Follow the yellow marks to go to Knížecí Pláně, once a place with a stunning location on a plateau, swept from the face of the Earth after World War II. The Šumava residents of that time are recalled only through the cemetery and the overgrown pile of rubble that was once the Church of St John the Baptist.

The forestless plain is crossed with numerous dry stone walls; formerly the boundary between pieces of land, now home to wildlife and a base for trees and shrubs to spread. If you get tired of the sweeping views and the literally palpable atmosphere of the place, you can continue to see other places or go back to Borová Lada on the road.

 

Nature Trail ‘Les' (Forest)

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A walk through the world of a forest rich with life. Diverse creatures find homes here beneath the trees, in the trees, and on the trees, like people living in skyscrapers.

The information boards inside the woods provide more information about them. Now you will never risk ‘losing sight of the forest for the trees...'.

The trail begins to the left of a forest path between Borová Lada and Svinná Lada. The visitor is guided by a black woodpecker, a creature typical of the natural forest.

 

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