» CZ, Janske Lazne – Korunami Stromu Nature Trail in the Krkonose Mountains
CZ, Janske Lazne – Korunami Stromu Nature Trail in the Krkonose Mountains
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.
You will climb as high as 42.7 meters along this Korunami stromu trail in the Krkonose Mountains. A two-meter-long wooden walkway spirals up the lookout tower overlooking the surrounding area. Places in your view are described on labels, also distance is added. And when you focus on the closest surroundings, you will find out what is in the tree tops. You will find yourself above crowns of grown trees in the Krkonose Mountains National Park. The spiral of the tower is gradually expanding, with an average of 23 m in the starting point, the viewing platform has a diameter of 40 meters. And because you're above tree tops, it is quiet windy there.
Like Korunami stromu trails in Lipno and Dolni Morava, here in the Krkonose Mountains there is also a water slide. 80 meters long. You get to the bottom very fast. Unlike other climbing trails, this one goes also underground. Inside a 150 m² cave there is an underground learning center where you can learn how long does it take for soil to be formed, where nutrients come from, or that most of the life is situated under the surface. There are also roots of trees there. Their tangled root arrangement is visible at the ceiling of the cave.
All the way from the car park to the top is wheelchair accessible. The lookout tower is located near the main road, which is connected by a large parking lot. From here you go past the exit building with a restaurant back to the cash desks. The wooden walkway takes you to the tower of the tower. First you descend to the underground and then continues to the top to 826 m above sea level. Besides its well-equipped facilities and large-format photodocumentation of the building there is also a souvenir store. However, we were quite in shock from local prices.
The center of Janske Lazne will take you through the middle ridge. It runs from the parking lot behind the exit tower and around the hospital to the colonnade. Except December 24, the tower is open every day. Dogs are not allowed but you can leave it in the cubicle.
GPS: 50°37'55.6"N 15°45'24.9"E
Text and photos: Monika Babická
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).
Liberec lies in the north of Bohemia and is a statutory town with approximately 104,000 inhabitants. The town is abundantly frequented during the winter season. For the rest of the year, people are mainly driving to the aquapark or to the IQLANDIA Liberec planetarium.
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!
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.
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Should you like skiing, snowboarding, or cross-country skiing, consider a stay at Prichovice, a mountain village which belongs to Korenov town. The former is situated on the borderline of the Jizerske and Krkonose mountain. It is close to Harrachov, and Rokytnice nad Jizerou. The E65 road runs there. You can find accommodation at some of local timbered cabins.
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This regional city is an honor to its region. It is really a gem among the cities. Or, at least, it seems to be.
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