From Třístolicník to Plechý and back again
Whether it is summer or winter, you have time off and you have no program, so you will definitely not go crazy if you go to Šumava. Specifically on the ridge between Třístoličník and the highest peak of the Czech part of Šumava – Plechý. In the article you can see a comparison between winter and summer. If the weather comes out, everyone will find something here at any time of the year.
If you only have one day, it is advantageous to go by car directly under the cottage on Třístoličník, where there is a large parking lot. From it, an undemanding ridge leads directly to Plechý. In winter, the route is suitable for snowshoes or ski alps.
In summer, the road leads from the parking lot to the cottage on asphalt road and Plechý is reached by an easy walk along the path.
Views of the Alps
If you are lucky and hit good weather, you can see the distant Alps through the stumps of dead, snow-covered trees.
Along the way you will pass Trojmezí. A place where the borders of the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany meet. In summer you will walk around the monument, in winter you will walk almost after it.
Tri-border in January
The same place in winter under a rich, meter and a half high snow.
Austria vs. Czechia
The tourist red trail leads directly along the state border. We can very well notice the differences between forest management. While in the Czech Republic the forest can be naturally restored, in Austria the trees are harvested and taken away.
Snowy peak Plechy
From Třístolicník to Plechý it is a pleasant 4.5 km. In summer you cross this path relatively quickly, while in winter on snowshoes you can relatively sweat at this distance.
Plechý peak in June
While in winter you can make a short stop here and drink something warm from a thermos, in summer the situation is usually more favorable and you could enjoy the views of both the Czech Republic and Austria for long hours.
If you go a few meters north from Plechý, you will get over Plešné Lake.
If you do not have more time, it is ideal to turn to Plechý and head back towards Třístoličník. In the summer it is definitely offered to go down to Plešné Lake and return again, but in the winter this part would be relatively difficult. Of course, the choice is up to everyone.
Beyond the Triangle
On the way back you can look forward to a German cottage on Třístolicník. Warm soup in winter and cold beer in summer. It will actually please even in winter. The advantage is that they also take Czech crowns. The disadvantage is that in the course of 1E: 30 CZK.
The summer visit took place in June on weekdays and we practically did not meet any people here. In contrast, the winter photos from January Saturday were the exact opposite. The whole ridge was full of people, but it was still a beautiful afternoon. There are a lot of people, but considering how beautiful this place is, and given that it is located in the Czech Republic, it was nothing that could not be endured.
After a day spent in a beautiful part of Šumava, it is still worth staying for a beautiful sunset.
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