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Trips from Nová Pec

Nová Pec is located at the end of the lake of Lipno, which is the largest dammed reservoir in the country (almost 50 square kilometres); some call it the South Bohemian Sea. This is where the backwater of the River Vltava is terminated; from here onwards, the river develops a naturally meandering stream with the cleanest water in the country, rife even with freshwater pearl mussels. Nová Pec can be reached by car, by train and, naturally, by walking, cycling, canoeing, skiing, in-line skating, etc.
A great starting point to explore the national park!
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This seemingly endless sea of forest with the ‘valley of the silver snake' - the River Vltava - in the south of Šumava excited Adalbert Stifter (1805-1968), a writer and artist, centuries ago. This is the region he was born in and where he set several of his novels, hence the ‘Stifter land' nickname for the region under the Plechý mountain. Stifter's birthplace stands in Horní Planá to this day.

There is also Stifter's trail, Stifter's park and other highlights. Of these, the 14.5 m obelisk bearing the Stifter name and found on the rock above the lake of Plešné jezero is particularly famous.

 

 


The lake of Plešné jezero

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Plešné-jezeroThe mountain hike can be started immediately from Nová Pec or from Jelení Vrchy - the latter is good for families with baby strollers. The route partly runs along a log flume. Then there is the ascent. After making your way across Kamenné moře (‘stone sea'), the remains of glacial moraines, you arrive at the dam of the lake (green marks). The wild, virgin forests dried up after the attack of spruce bark beetles, but are now quickly being restored. Now the dry trees are often overgrown by a new generation of wood. In 2016, a tree was found there that had seen the time of Emperor Karel IV: - the age of 623 years! Climbing along a steep trail, you reach a place called Stifterova vyhlídka (Stifter's viewing point), from where the lake truly looks like a pearl of Šumava. The peak of Plechý, the highest mountain in the Czech portion of Šumava (1,378 m), can now be reached with almost no slope to climb. Going down you follow the yellow marks and then the green when walking back to Nová Pec.

 

The trail of Medvědí stezka (Bear Trail)

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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.

 

Knížecí stolec

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Knížecí-stolec-rozhlednaA less-known viewing tower stands on Knížecí stolec (1,226 m), the highest peak of the hills of Želnavské vrchy located in the Boletice Military Training Area. The six-metre structure was built in 2012 by the state enterprise managing military forests and estates.

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The marked routes along the boundaries of the military domain have been available to tourists since 2006, but beware - this applies to weekends and holidays only. The rest of the time there are soldiers shooting, flying, and practising the tactics of fighting.
You can get here from Záhvozdí after parking your car near the forestry lodge of Uhlíkovská hájovna. Then just follow the blue marks.

 

 
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