en.infoglobe.cz » CZ, Krkonoše: Sněžka – A Climb on the Highest Czech Mountain from Pec II

CZ, Krkonoše: Sněžka – A Climb on the Highest Czech Mountain from Pec II

Published: 10.2.2013
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…?

We have ended our last journey beneath Luční, i.e. Studniční mountain, at the largest hostel in theKrkonoše Mountains, i.e. Luční bouda. Golden fluid from local brewery hopefully hadn’t affected our way we perceived beauties of local landscape. Even if it did frosty mountain air and sharp sun would heal anyone from any hangover. After a breakfast, i.e. huge blueberry cake, half a liter of tea we were again on our way to our goal closing with every ridge we crossed. There are little wooden bridges over marshland during summer, which are covered under snow in winter. A nature trail leading around the spring of the river Úpa is named "The heritage of an ice age " and particularly in winter there is no wonder about that. After a while we got on the Czech borders with Poland in Obří sedlo (Giant Sadle) where we refreshed in a yellow cottage - schroniska Dom Ślaski name of which gives a hint that we are partially in Poland. Unfortunately, the prices here are not favorable there and an exchange ratio of Czech crown to Zloty is not favorable either…

What you can do… we have final ascend ahead. From a Polish cottage (1400 meters above the sea level) there are de facto two tracks. The one from north, which is longer, circles the peak and connects to the eastern Czech track. The second, the steep one, leads to the peak through the southwestern ridge from where you can have a beautiful look at for example the Obří důl (Giant Mine), Studniční jámy (Studniční Holes), the ridges of our highest mountains or the whole plateau with Luční bouda.

It didn’t take too long and we found ourselves on relatively vast peak of Sněžka. The peak is, as many other peaks on the borderline, split between the Czech Republic and Poland. What is the highest mountain for Czech, for Polish it is only the highest peak of shared Krkonoše Mountains. Our northern neighbor take their share from every of the highest Czech and Slovak mountains. The highest mountain of Poland are actually Slovakian Rysy, 2499 meters above the sea level.

The peak of Sněžka used to be, despite its present dense housing development, a small village according to historic engravings. The oldest construction is the chapel of St Lawrence built in the 17th century. Perhaps the most visible building is Polská bouda built in the 1980s, the well-known UFO saucers that resembles an alien spaceship with its interior, smell and furniture. However people got familiar with it, but still some Czech lack courage to buy some refreshments there. In 1900, on the peak was built a meteostation. A building 18 meters high used to be the only working meteorological station during the Second World War in Europe. On the place where today is a very interesting construction of theCzech Post, which has also a girly name Anežka, stood there since 1868 until 2004. In that year Česká bouda replaced decaying old building of the post. The original old post stood only few meters away was dismantled in 2009 and moved on Javorská skála in Vlašimská pahorkatina.







The new building of the post by architects Martina Rajniš and Patrika Hoffman had a long and complicated history. Environmentalists didn’t like its modern and unusual look for the Krkonoše Mountains. It looked like a container on supporting pillars. There were nine alternative drafts however, the original eventually won, after few modifications. Mostly wooden eko construction consists over 20 thousand! components and it can be changed thanks to special window shutters from summery glassy building to an isolated wooden shack with a small terrace. In 2007 it was sanctified by well-known Czech archbishop Karel Otčenášek and ceremonially opened by President Václav Klaus. The price for this unique work of architecture is estimated to 20 million crowns.

An interesting thing would be also a cable way that is under a complete renovation these days. We will write a special article on it in the future.

Well, that’s all from our ascend to the highest Czech mountain. It is up to you, which way you choose to go back. If on Pomezky, Pec, or little harder descend to Špindlerův mlýn.                  

Text: Jan Chaloupka

Photo: archiv autora 

Discussion at the article (0)

Related Articles

CZ, Krkonoše: Sněžka – A Climb on the Highest Czech Mountain from Pec
Published: 3.2.2013
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.

CZ, Giant Mountains – Exceptional Mountain Hotel
Published: 11.3.2020
Today we set out to one of the most visited tourist areas in the Czech Republic, the majestic and highest mountains of the country - the Giant Mountains. Our goal will be the largest and oldest mountain cabin of Luční bouda (1410 m above sea level).

CZ, Janske Lazne – Ideal Place not Only for Ski Enthusiasts
Published: 7.2.2019
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!

CZ – From Liberec up to Snow-Capped Jested
Published: 31.1.2019
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.

CZ, Janske Lazne – Korunami Stromu Nature Trail in the Krkonose Mountains
Published: 7.6.2018
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.

CZ, Ponikla – Hand-made Christmas Decoration and the Museum of the Craft of the Kronose
Published: 7.12.2017
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.

CZ, Prichovice – A Village Ideal for Ski Vacation
Published: 20.2.2023
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.

CZ, Krkonose: Vrchlabi
Published: 8.9.2016
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.

Related Photogallery

CZ, Harrachov – Unique Museums
The mountain town of Harrachov, which is surrounded by the beautiful Giant Mountains, offers many...

CZ, Jilemnice – The Town of Saint Lawrence
Another popular city in the foothills of the Giant Mountains is Jilemnice. Compared to Vrchlabí, ...

CZ, Krkonose Mountains – Korunami Stromu Trail
A barrier-free access road from the car park to the summit and an all-year operation makes this o...

The Giant Mountains
The Giant Mountains are spreaded in North-East Bohemia at the border with Poland. This mountain r...


Czech republic


We were awarded the certificate even thanks to you!

Dôveryhodná firma 2017



Important Information:

Information and warnings on travelling abroad is to be found HERE.

Mobile application:

aplikácia Infoglobe

stiahnuť zadarmo pre Androidstiahnuť zadarmo pre iPhone



Today:tuesday 6. 6. 2023
tuesday 6.6.
14 °C
wednesday 7.6.
14 °C

TIP: INFOGLOBE app is available for your device, download HERE.


TIP: INFOGLOBE app is available for your device, download HERE.