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Trips from Strážný

Near Strážný is the narrowest point of the national park. It measures only two kilometres, and most people just pass through along the main road towards Germany. Yet this is an excellent starting point for exploring the natural world of Šumava National Park. If you park here and embark on the marked trails, you will be stunned by the virgin countryside and wonderful peace just beyond the last house!

Strážný-situace

 

Strážný lies in the broad valley of the River Vltava and its tributaries. To the northwest, the ground gradually rises to the Šumava Plains. Knížecí Pláně can be easily reached by ascending along the River Častá.

Excess water is the cause of numerous wetlands and peat bogs - examples include the peat bog of Splavské rašeliniště bypassed by the River Řasnice, dubbed ‘grassy Vltava River'. Full of carpets of underwater plants, it can be explored near Dolní Cazov. A diverse landscape is good for everyone, whether it is Mother Nature and those dwelling here or today's tourists.


 

Kunžvart Castle

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In Šumava there are not many medieval sights, because historically the protection from invaders was secured by the deep border forest rather than by human constructions.

Kunžvart Castle was built to defend the Gold Trail, along which salt used to flow into Bohemia from the Salzkammergut. Just set off to the ruins, passing the Chapel of Our Lady (blue marks). Although the 16th century watchtower has become dilapidated, the castle is destined for ‘eternity' because of its stone construction.

From the ruins on the rock you continue to Orlovka (yellow marks), which offers an intriguing view dedicated to Václav Hrubý, the legendary conservationist of the natural world of Šumava. The former village of Polka is worth a visit; then you can make a loop or take the shortest way passing a ski slope to get back to Strážný.

 

 

 

Via Světlé Hory and Knížecí Pláně

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vrch-Homole-H-CimburkovaA remote and little-known corner of Šumava is the strip along the Bavarian border, where cottages of Horní Světlé Hory and Dolní Světlé Hory used to stand scattered over many kilometres. Red marks take you there. From fragrant mountain meadows to rocks piled perfectly to form boundary walls between the former fields, all of this belongs to this piece of Šumava.

Former settlements are explained through the historic photo albums installed in the open field. You can go on foot and turn to the peak of Homole, where two massive rock menhirs stand, nicknamed pagan stones. With enough time and effort, you can go as far as Knížecí Pláně or reach the site by bike, passing the lake of Žďárské jezírko. Going back, you have to follow green marks.

 

The peat bog of Soumarské rašeliniště

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A pixie called Rašeliníček [peat troll] takes you through this revitalised peat bog found near Soumarský Most. Because of the strength of the ground, the nature trail leads along a boardwalk or even directly over the peat.

When the trail ends, you can look over the entire bog from a ten-metre viewing tower. Returning along the River Vltava (green marks), you pass several pre-war bunkers.

The route is sure to enchant every visitor with the vitality of Mother Nature. Few people are able to tell that peat was industrially mined here until 1998!

 

 

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