CZ, Šumava - Kvilda
Kvilda is a small alpine town with an old history of gold placer mining crossed by the Golden route, a trading route. Today it is a busy and popular tourist center, it is an area of marshlands, mixed forests and neighboring towns that together create an area known as Kvildsko. It is a region at 1000 meters above the sea level with a calm climate and despite this fact you can find here many rare plants.
During the winter months there are ideal conditions for skiers. Local ski slopes are short, though, resorts are modern with all kinds of facilities, simple they are good for families. Unlike ski slopes for skiers there is plenty of cross-country tracks. Summer nature trails are perfect cross-country ski tracks in winter. They are administered by the National Park Šumava Administration that has its headquarters there and an infocenter with a permanent exhibition of the history of region and local vegetation. This topic is further explored in the building of former school, today the Museum of Kvilda .
You will see individual topics of the exhibition (life of our ancestors, pan for gold, trade route, …). Local spiritual sight is the Church of St Stephen located on site of a former wooden church, which burned down in 1889. Its typical bell ring spreads over the land and every bell has its own ringing time. Kvilda is well known for its local meteorological station as well as nearby symbolic place of spring of the River Vltava. You can get there by a 6 kilometer long marked track. Also you can find there a headquarters of border patrol known from the movie Král Šumavy (The King of Šumava). The plot captures fates of people who decided to illegally flee the country across border line placed in Šumava marshlands (February 1948) and also fates of smugglers who knew well tracks across treacherous land
Kvilda has a busy life and people who like walks and bicycle rides are invited to its renovated or expanded tracks. These tracks will safely lead you through Modrava, Filipova Huť, Horská Kvildu and Jezerní marshlands.
Text and photo: Monika Babická
Near Zelezna Ruda town, there are two amazing glacial lakes. The large one, Cerne Lake, is the largest lake in the Czech Republic. It partially came into existance thanks to the work of the men.
Are you not sure where to go in the Sumava? In case car is not a option for you, Mount Spicak and its surroundings are great option. The nature is amazing, vistas great and there are two glacial lakes.
The town was founded embraced by the wide valley of the Otava River under the Svatobor ridge as early as the arrival of the Slavs. The wealth of Sušice brought mostly gold panning in the Otava and the Golden Path. But the most famous dry goods are undoubtedly Solo matches. The factory for their production was built in 1839 in the city and operated until 2008.
On the border of the Šumava Nature Park and the Kochánov Nature Park you can find a village called Javorná next to the main road from Klatovy to Železná Ruda. Stop for a moment at the local church of st. Anna with unique shingle towers or Javorna straight as a great base for walking and cycling around.
If you like cross-country skiing, Sumava is the best place for you. The landscape is beautiful and its relief of mild uphill and long downhill terrain makes it great for cross-country skiing. When you are not into fast paced skiing on Sumava's trails, you can enjoy beautiful nature and local specialties. I present several tips to make interesting trips around Prasily, Srni, Modrava and Kvilda.
Handsome decorating peaks of Sumava is the highest standing royal castle in Bohemia. Kasperk Castle seems unconquerable to many tourists even today when it is not necessary to defend against enemy attacks.
People who love history will appreciate the following tip. In fabulous landscape of the Sumava with splendid panoramas and easy terrain there is Klatovy where you can take a nice break from everyday worries.
Its unique defense mechanism allowed it to quickly flood moats around the castle and also turn dirt into mud. The castle drained water from the Uhlava and therefore Svihov became basically impenetrable fortress. Let’s see this unique and greatly designed structure, well at least what has remained of it. Yet it is still awesome.
Thanks to easy access from Pilsen and Klatovy, Nýrsko is an ideal starting point for exploring the western part of Šumava, but the city itself is also interesting.
The Šumava National Park begins with this border town that has a history of lumbering. The surrounding of this town is mostly hills and mountains and Stožec is the highest of them (1065 m n. m.). Once there was a castle that didn’t survive until present. A railroad (since 1910) and the River Studená Vltava cross the town.
Among places we want to visit due to their beauty is also area of Povydri in Sumava. There Zlatatrail used to be. It was an important trade route connecting Podunaji and Czech lands. Turner’s Cottage (Turnerhütte) was one of the places where trade caravans spent nights and refreshed.
A town near Lipno water dam is reachable by ferry, train, car, or along some of bike trails. From the dam it ascends to a forest park Dobra Voda to places where are views of Sumava, Lipno water dam, and in case of good weather also the Alps. Across the town goes a nature trail named in honor of poet A. Stifter born in Sumava.
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