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A tour of the Elbe dam

The first dam on the Elbe

Petr Liška
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A tour of the Elbe dam
Updated: 13.06.2022
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Just before the beginning of Špindlerův Mlýn, you will be enchanted by the dam set in a really picturesque landscape. The Elbe Dam is the highest dam on the Elbe, used mainly to catch water from the spring thaw. You can make a short stop here before some nice Krkonoše hike

View from the parking lot

Directly at the dam is a small parking lot (free, for 15–20 cars), from where you can go on a tour of the dam. From the parking lot you have the first views of the dam

View from the parking lot
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Dam

Just connect a few meters next door and you already have a view of the dam. The dam itself is quite impressive, rising more than 40 meters above the bottom of the valley

Dam
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Elbe flowing from the dam

The Elbe emerges from the dam perhaps up to 50 meters. Not far from you are stretched ropes, the so-called bridging of the Elbe, the local adrenaline attractions

Elbe flowing from the dam
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View of the dam

The main reason to stop here and take a walk along the crown of the dam is the view of the lake with Medvědín in the background

View of the dam
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The most beautiful in autumn

It is most beautiful here, of course, in autumn, when a nice sunny day comes out

The most beautiful in autumn
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The most picturesque view

The most picturesque view is including the house No. 92, which is built in a beautiful location directly above the dam

The most picturesque view
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View to the opposite side

On the other side of the dam it is less than 200 meters

View to the opposite side
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Dam information

You can read a lot of technical details about the dam on the board

Dam information
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Walk to the lookout

Along the eastern part of the dam there is a green tourist route connecting Špindlerův Mlýn with Strážný (Via Krásná Pláň). We will follow it a few tens of meters to the next viewpoint. In front of us is the local iconic building and the rock next door

Walk to the lookout
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Water runoff during floods

In case of extreme water level on the dam, there is another water overflow, which drains the water behind the dam dam

Water runoff during floods
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View of the dam from the other side

On the other hand, there is a nice view, although of course it does not have one directly from the dam.

View of the dam from the other side
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