Photogallery: CZ, Jilemnice – The Town of Saint Lawrence
CZ, Jilemnice – The Town of Saint Lawrence
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Another popular city in the foothills of the Giant Mountains is Jilemnice. Compared to Vrchlabí, its size and population are half the size of the city. In the local chateau you will find the Jilemnice Museum in the Giant Mountains, the revitalized chateau park is open to the public. Saint Lawrence is the patron saint of this city. It is also one of the saints from the sculpture on Masaryk Square, right next to the stone fountain. The Baroque church is also dedicated to Saint Lawrence - an unmistakable building on the way to the Curious Alley, where perhaps every tourist is heading. A mountain elm, a crest tree of the town of Jilemnice, grows at the lower entrance to the Krkonoše-style timbered buildings.
Text and photos: Monika Babická
You ride down the hill to the valley. Surrounding you are green hills. White buildings of local automobile factory brighten you. These are the halls of Skoda car company. Since 2012, gearboxes have been produced there. However, we go further into the center. The main landmark in Vrchlabi is St Vavrinec church. Its belfry hardly fits within the lens cope of a camera.
If you are heading for a trip to our highest mountains, Spindleruv Mlyn is one of the best bases at any time of a year. It lies at the very end of the road, which leads from Vrchlabi through the valley upstream of the Elbe river to the foot of the Krkonose Mountains (Giant Mountains).
Under Certova Mountain in the Giant Mountains, the mountain town of Harrachov is situated on the Mumlava River. The owner of the local estate - Count Jan Harrach - brought the first skis to Bohemia in the 19th century and the first winter sports took place here soon.
Janske Lazne is a paradise for skiers, cross-country skiers and hikers during the winter. Snow is mostly here around November and is held until March. There is a large complex of slopes, ski lifts and cable cars. And if you are not really a fan of winter sports, there are so many activities for you, so there is no boredom!
On the western edge of Janske Laze, in the direction of Cerny Dul, another tree trail was opened one year ago. It is the third wooden lookout tower going up into the clouds in the Czech Republic. Similar buildings are enjoying popularity in Germany.
If you are thinking about making a romantic walk through wild nature and Semily is not too far for you, then Rieger's trail is the right choice. It runs along the Jizera River along the red marked trail. The walkway overlooks the river, the magnificent view over the Jizera and the hydroelectric power station, you go through the tunnel and you can drink from the well with splendid refreshing water.
Should you want to climb up some via ferrata and lack finances to travel abroad you should explore possibilities of local via ferratas. One of them is in Semily, north Bohemia. It is a small training ferrata located in beautiful environment on the top of the rock on the Jizera. On the opposite side, there is a tourist trail (red) that runs across hanging bridges on the side of the rock.
Do you wonder where to spend an Advent weekend? Should you be near the Krkonose mountains or somewhere around, visit the quiant village of Ponikla. There are two amazing places close to each other. You will feel the amazing historic atmosphere of the life of our ancestors who lived a harsh life in the mountains. You will learn what they did, what worries and joys they experienced. You will learn that te life was often complicated but locals knew how to enjoy it.
For the second time we will stop in the highest Czech mountains – Krkonoše – to climb up the highest mountain. You will learn where to start, how to prepare and what to expect from a long climb and a ridge trek during which you will pass some of the highest Czech peaks.
A climb on the highest Czech mountain should do every patriot at least once in lifetime. Sněžka is a point of interest mostly in summer but in winter this small Czech Everest is even more enchanting, isn’t it…?
A barrier-free access road from the car park to the summit and an all-year operation makes this o...
The famous town of the Krkonose mountain is situated at 477 m under the highest mountain of the ...
The Giant Mountains are spreaded in North-East Bohemia at the border with Poland. This mountain r...
Skiing in Spindl (Spindleruv Mlyn). It is sort of a Czech cult classic. But the place has its gre...
It was here where the winter sports history began, in the 19th century here Count Jan Harrach bro...