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Trips from Soumarský Most

This place was mentioned as early as a thousand years ago as ‘important' along a salt trade route called Gold Trail. Actually, one should rather say it was ‘dangerous' as it was here that the packtrains had to cross the ‘white water', today's River Vltava. The most recent refurbishment turned the historic bridge into a reinforced concrete road without any link to its history. Now there is no danger or strain for travellers, whether they arrive by train or via marked trails for cyclists, hikers, and even cross-country skiers!

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The site gets the most attention in the summer season as it offers probably the most beautiful stretch of the meandering river for canoeists. One should bear in mind the specific rules that the local unique aquatic communities set, whether it is sufficient water level, limitations on the number of boats, or the requirement of sailing with a guide. (Details are available on the site or by checking www.npsumava.cz).

 

There is a camp available not only for water enthusiasts, but also for others for whom Soumarský Most can be a starting point to explore the national park.

 


The peat bog of Soumarské rašeliniště

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Soumarské-rašeliništěWhen you are on the left bank of the River Vltava in Soumarský Most, you can reach a gateway to a unique nature trail leading through a revitalised peat bog. Just follow the information boards featuring a pixie called Rašeliníček and designed to guide you through the site. The trail is sure to captivate every visitor with the vitality of Šumava's natural systems. Hardly anyone will recognise that until 1998 peat was industrially mined here.

Increasing the groundwater level has enabled a little wonder here: sphagnum moss has returned to the waterlogged sites, cotton grass has grown all over the surface, and the wildlife found only on peat bogs has gradually arrived. All of these wonders can be seen in person whether you walk on the wooden sidewalk or directly on the peat.

The viewing tower at the end of the trail, ten metres high, can provide more insight into the life at the bog. Returning along the River Vltava (green marks), you pass several pre-war bunkers.

The chapel in Stožec

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Stožecká kaple

The forest chapel under the rock of Stožecká skála is very well known to those visiting the southern part of Šumava. It is found near a healing spring, which, according to the legend, miraculously restored sight to Jakub Klauser, a blind blacksmith. The first brick Chapel of the Virgin Mary was built in 1804 - a Madonna with a rose became the symbol. The damaged and worn chapel was restored in 1988 and consecrated in 1990. The traditional pilgrimage takes place here in mid-August.

From the chapel, you can continue to climb and reach the rock towering above. Blue marks can take you back to Stožec.

 

Boubín Virgin Forest

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The best way to explore the famous forest is to arrive from Idina Pila; the local visitor centre is available from May to October. The path initially leads you to the lake of Boubínské jezírko. The fenced core is surrounded by a trail four kilometres long.

Things to see include many phenomena typical of a primeval forest: stilt roots born through a young tree attaching to the fallen trunk of its ancestor, which literally disintegrates over time to disappear completely; giant spruce trees over 50 m high and as many as 500 years old; uprooted trunks and standing dead trees; and, in particular, diverse forms of life - fungi, mosses and higher plants, as well as insects, birds, and others.

 

 

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