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Trips from Stožec

The place might be described as being in the middle of nowhere, as it is reached by just a single public road, but peace and quiet make this corner of Šumava a popular destination. It can also be reached by train when travelling from Český Krumlov or Prachatice, etc. In addition, all kinds of marked trails lead to the site - hiking trails, bridleways, and even a white track for skiers in winter! The 16-km cyclist trail, called Vltavská cesta, is known as the most beautiful in-line track in this country.


The valley of the River Vltava (called locally Studená Vltava) is one of the few places where the river meanders as designed by Mother Nature. This is another reason why local waters are among the cleanest in the Czech Republic, which can be best perceived as you boat down from Soumarský Most on your canoe.

In this region that overlooks the borders of three countries you can find some real gems, be it the highest peak of Šumava, Plechý (1,378 m) with its deep primeval forest, or the vast abandoned cultured landscape with the remains of former villages. There is a camp available for water enthusiasts and for others for whom Soumarský Most can be the starting point to explore the national park.


The chapel in Stožec



Stožecká kaple

The forest chapel under the rock of Stožecká skála is very well known to those visiting the southern part of Šumava. Legends certainly contributed to the fame. Near the chapel is a healing spring, which miraculously restored the sight of the blind blacksmith Jakub Klauser from Volary as early as the 17th century.

The first brick Chapel of Virgin Mary was built in 1804. The Madonna with a rose pictured in the shrine became its symbol. The damaged and worn chapel was restored in 1988 and consecrated in 1990. The traditional local pilgrimage is held here in August. From the chapel, you can climb as high as the rock towering above, but be aware of the prohibited entry during the breeding season of the peregrine falcons.

Going back to Stožec is possible by following blue marks, taking a quickway by crossing a footbridge over the River Studená Vltava and going along the trail of Vltavská cesta.


The trail of Medvědí stezka (Bear Trail)




The marks for the oldest nature trail of Šumava were set up in 1965. This is not a loop, but an option exists to take a train from Stožec and get off at the stop called Ovesná (near Nová Pec). From there, you can walk back.

The latter part of the route lets you pass by a monument called Medvědí kámen (Bear Stone) - a reminder of the last bear in Šumava, which was shot here in 1856. The key section of the trail passes through a unique system of granite formations on the slopes of the Perník mountain. Uneven weathering of the rock caused a number of bizarre shapes to evolve; hikers have given them picturesque names translating as ‘gorge of footpads', ‘rocking stone', ‘dragon head', ‘boletus mushroom', and so on. You also pass a lake of Jelení jezírko and a tunnel on a log flume.


Trip to the mountain saddle of Trojmezí




Crossing the border ridge is one of the most challenging and most beautiful routes in Šumava. You can head for it from the train station in Nové Údolí (red marks); if you plan a day-long hike, be sure to include train service from Nová Pec for the way back!

The most challenging climb leads along the border to the legendary peak of Třístoličník, where rulers allegedly debated over the fate of their countries. Wandering along the ridge is not that difficult - only moderate ascent and descents.

You can personally experience the difference between how Mother Nature (Šumava National Park) and the laws of economy (Austria) rule over the forest. With the immense power of the former, the spontaneous recovery after devastating windstorms and bark beetle infestations becomes more and more evident. The victory of the natural elements can also be seen when going down from the Plechý mountain to the lake of Plešné jezero as you pass by the Stifter Monument.


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