Nature and sightseeing tours

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Trails through nature and time; Nature trails in Bohemia
Between Bohemia and Bavaria, there are two adjoining national parks: Šumava and Bavarian Forest. A special landscape has evolved here, reflecting the entire history of the place. In the past, chiefly the harsh climate determined the rhythm of life. In the 20th century, political events greatly affected the face of the landscape: World War II, the expulsion of the German population, the establishment and the fall of the Iron Curtain, and the foundation of Šumava National Park. The national parks jointly established a network of trails for hikers and cyclists in the territory between Kvilda, Borová Lada, and Finsterau, Bavaria - a total of six tours for hikers and two for cyclists; some are partly available for cross-country skiers in winter. While staying in the natural world, everybody can think about the history of this region and the future of the cross-border region. Is a natural forest in a national park better than one designed for commercial purposes? What would happen if humans never left?

 

Nelesní krajina - Na strakatém koberci (Unforested area on a mottled carpet)
svižníkAn easy walk from Kvilda for those seeking peace and quiet, running mostly on meadows and forest paths. In the past, people snatched up the wood and built their dwellings, and their surroundings had to be enough to feed them. Where there used to be modest fields and meadows, diverse and often rare plant species grow and bloom today. Take off your shoes and walk on this ‘mottled carpet'. When at the edge of woods, in Vilémov, you can also visit a ‘forest playroom' - dwellings of animals, throwing cones, special benches, and a unique view of the woods.
The nature and sightseeing tour is marked by the symbol of a tiger beetle - an insect found outside the forest at sites sufficiently warmed by the sun.


Les - Klubko vztahů v přírodě (The forest - a network of relationships in Mother Nature)
datelA moderately challenging tour there and back in the woods near Borová Lada. The trail begins on the left of a forest road between Borová Lada and Svinná Lada. The ground is initially flat, but then you climb to the foot of Vyhlídka, a mountain from which you eventually descend. You walk through the world of the forest, rich with life. Diverse creatures find homes here, beneath the trees, in the trees, and on the trees, like humans in skyscrapers. The information boards provide a lot of interesting details. Now you will never risk ‘losing sight of the forest for the trees...'. The visitor is guided by a black woodpecker, a creature typical of the natural forest.


Dějiny a příběhy (History and stories)
babočkaThe route starts at a visitor centre shared by the national parks of Šumava and Bavarian Forest and located in Bučina near the national border. The place is also accessible by taking the Zelený autobus (Green Line bus) in the summer. A Bavarian bus line is linked to the service and takes you to a number of attractive destinations in the neighbouring Bavarian Forest National Park. Humans (loggers) arrived only about 200 years ago; today, however, it is all deserted once again. The initial residents of Šumava were ‘children of the forest' - they lived in the woods and shared their lives with the woods. There are not only abandoned villages, but also many traces of former inhabitants. Just go and discover them, including the stories they reveal.


kunaMore trails to Bavaria Bez hranic (Without Borders)
The point to start from is the terminal bus stop in Bučina. The trail makes a loop across the border, encouraging reflection and giving answers on various topics related to national parks, the human impact on nature, and so on. What would the natural world look like if humans had never arrived? Is the decaying wood in the forest for the benefit of the whole habitat? What do we want to leave as a legacy to our children? Trail symbol: the pine marten.

 

ovceVýše, rychleji, dále (Higher, faster, farther)
A walk to a nearby open-air museum in Finsterau, Bavaria; let yourself be guided by the symbol of the sheep. The modern farming method is reflected in the face of the landscape. The shortage of fuel in towns led to harvesting trees in the most remote forests of the country in the 19th century. After 1900, floating was replaced by railway transportation and later by trucks. Small fields have consolidated to form large tracts to support use of machinery. Native farm animals and crops silently disappeared - such as Šumava sheep and winter barley. Learn more on the trail and in the museum.

 

chřástalSvět v proměnách (World in transformation)
There are even two tours to lead you to discover the fate of the villages on the Czech-Bavarian border. The trail signage includes the symbol of the corncrake that ranges in the meadows and its voice can be heard locally. The traces of history left in the countryside tell about people and their destinies. It happened more than once that it snowed so early in the fall that people had to be digging up potatoes from the snow. There are many stories to tell.

 

FinsterautourPevně v sedle / Zapovězená země (Stay firm in the saddle! / Forbidden country)
Two sightseeing tours for cyclists differ in terms of demands and the topics they cover. The bicycle, a laudable invention of modern times, is considered to be one of the greatest engineering inventions of mankind. All you ever wanted to know about the device, its transformations, and its uses is included along the first route. The other route leads from Bučina in the trail of the Iron Curtain.

 

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