The “Riesengebirge” is the kingdom of Rübezahl and forms a natural border with Poland. Characteristic of the Krkonose National Park are distinctive high plateaus and long ridges above the tree line.
We first drive to the Spindler Mill (Spindleruv Mlyn), one of the most famous ski resorts in the Bohemian Riesengebirge. The central location also allows wonderful mountain tours in summer. Nevertheless, the place seems a bit like Cortina in summer …
In about 5 hours you can walk to the source of the river Elbe. From here it flows in a large arc first to the south and west and then north to Saxony.
Pec pod Snezkou (Petzer) is the tourist center in the eastern part of these mountains. The place is rather quiet but at the gondola it is very busy. All visitors want to go up to the highest mountain, the 1604m high Schneekoppe (snezka). Of course we want that as well!
The weather is gorgeous and we have a magnificent panoramic view – far into Poland and the Czech Republic.
The St. Laurentius Chapel on the summit dates back to 1655.
The love locks have made it up to here!