Giant Mountains - the highest mountain in the Czech Republic

Giant Mountains - the highest mountain in the Czech Republic

The Giant Mountains are the highest and most visited mountain range in the whole of the Czech Republic and the only range of highland terrain and such diverse nature. Steep glacial corries and large mountain meadows, rocky ridges and picturesque valleys with timbered houses – all of this can be seen here. The roar of waterfalls and the mysterious silence of the fens and mountain pools will enchant you.

The mountain range is situated on the border with Poland and joins the Jizera Mountains to the West. The highest peak of the Giant Mountains and indeed the whole Czech Republic is called Sněžka. The Giant Mountains are attractive not only for its natural wealth and picturesque folk architecture but they also offer many possibilities to spend one’s free time in an active and attractive way the whole year round.

Krkonose Mountains has many firsts in Czech Republic, for example:
- Krkonose Mountains are our highest mountain range. Their harsh beauty and diverse landscape will amaze every visitor.
- The nature in the Krkonose is unique. The mountains were declared a national park in 1963 and a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1992.
- Krkonose Mountains are not only attractive due to their unique nature. Their picturesque character is accompanied by a peculiar rural architecture found even in the smallest villages in the submontane areas and scattered houses on the ridges.
- Krkonose Mountains are the most popular winter holiday destination in the Czech Republic. Winter sports lovers can look forward to many groomed slopes of various grades, a dense network of cross-country tracks and newly-built entertainment parks in the mountain resorts.

Krkonose mountains – in the winter months

The Giant Mountains have a long history of skiing and nowadays there are many modern ski resorts – Špindlerův Mlýn, Pec pod Sněžkou, Rokytnice nad Jizerou, Harrachov, Benecko, Jilemnice, Vítkovice, Paseky nad Jizerou, Vysoké nad Jizerou, Vrchlabí, Janské Lázně, Malá Úpa, Černý Důl, Žacléř, Svoboda nad Úpou, Mladé Buky and others. For fans of cross-country skiing, there are many kilometres of well prepared tracks, so it is possible to crisscross the whole area. There are ski-buses which bring skiers to individual resorts and ski tracks.

Krkonošská lyžařská magistrála (Giant Mountains Ski Expressway)
The Giant Mountains have a range of well-maintained cross-country skiing routes, offering skiers more than 500 km of cross-country fun. The sightseeing and leisure circuits around all the mountain resorts are generally not too difficult and are also suitable for less skilled skiers. For the more experienced we recommend the ridge routes, which are joined by the 90-km-long “Giant Mountains Ski Route”, which runs all through the Giant Mountains from Rýchory as far as the Jizera Mountains. The alpine nature of the Giant Mountains, which is even more evident in winter, requires that skiers be adequately experienced, well equipped, and able to abide closely by the instructions of the Mountain Rescue Service.

Krkonose mountains – In the summer months

In the summer months, there are ideal conditions for hiking in the Giant Mountains. Fit and competent cyclists can tour the region on bike and make good use of the efficient cycle-buses. A good network of hiking trails brings visitors to the most beautiful and interesting places of the mountains, for example to the waterfall Mumlavský vodopád near Harrachov, the Labská reservoir near Špindlerův Mlýn, the source of the river Elbe and the view towers Štěpánka, Žalý and Černá Hora.

Krkonose mountains – Other sports activities

In addition to skiing or hiking, the Giant Mountains offer a number of other activities. Adrenaline junkies can head to the bobsleigh runs or rope climbing centres in Harrachov, Špindlerův Mlýn and Pec pod Sněžkou. You can also try paragliding, husky safaris, snowmobiling, snowtubing, motocross or quad-biking. As the national park is a protected area, you are only allowed to enjoy these activities at specially designated zones. You can also go bowling, play golf or tennis or do other conventional and non-conventional sports.

Krkonose mountains - accommodation and other services for turists

The Giant Mountains offer a wide range of accommodation in all price categories - here you can find hotels, guesthouses and mountain huts. Suitable accommodation according to taste can be found in the tourist resorts or in places further away which offer you plenty of privacy and peace. Tourist information centres, for example in Vrchlabí, Harrachov, Jilemnice or Rokytnice nad Jizerou, will help you with accommodation and all other enquiries.

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