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The most beautiful circuit in the heart of the Giant Mountains

Tourism between the Czech and Silesian ridges

Petr Liška
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The most beautiful circuit in the heart of the Giant Mountains
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Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

The most beautiful circuit in the Giant Mountains is in the vicinity of mountain meadows connecting the Bohemian and Silesian Giant Mountains ridge. Outside the source of the Elbe, you can see the Elbe Mine or the Snow Pits. In a short time, you will see a number of beautiful places. The circuit itself is about 10 km and an elevation gain of 400 meters.

Beginning at Vrbatova bouda

This tour can be taken from a number of places, but I will describe it from Vrbatova bouda, which is the easiest way out. From Vrbatova bouda, or from the region of this tour, there are beautiful views of both Sněžka and Vysoké Kola, where we are headed. The so-called Buchar's path, marked in red, is slowly descending and we pass several bunkers and Hanč's mound

Beginning at Vrbatova bouda
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Views of the Elbe mine

The first super attraction of this circuit awaits you when you descend to the edge of the Elbe mine. The Pančava stream is the highest waterfall in the Czech Republic. The views of the surrounding cliffs are amazing. At the bottom of the cannon he calmly meanders the Elbe

Views of the Elbe mine
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Pančavský waterfall

On this hike you can see the Pančava waterfall only from the top. It is 148 high, but thanks to the fact that Pančava is not very watery, it is not so impressive even from below.

Pančavský waterfall
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View of Labská bouda

The path continues practically along the edge of the Elbe mine and after a while the Elbe hut is in front of you.

View of Labská bouda
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Elbe hut and Elbe waterfall

In the Elbe hut you can refresh yourself and take a short walk to the Elbe waterfall located in the dramatic surroundings of the rocky Elbe gorge. It is an important crossroads, because another beautiful hiking trail leading through the Elbe mine ends here

Elbe hut and Elbe waterfall
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Ascent to the main Krkonoše ridge

Now you have about half an hour's ascent to the main Krkonoše ridge along the yellow-marked, so-called Horse Road. It is probably the least interesting part of the whole tour

Ascent to the main Krkonoše ridge
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At the Stone Well

However, the beautiful place is just before the end of the ascent. A few tens of meters from the hiking trail is the Stone Well. You can replenish your water here and enjoy the beautiful views.

At the Stone Well
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Wawel

In front of you is the highest point of this tour and the so-called Wawel. Here you get to Poland

Wawel
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Snow pits

Snow pits is one of the biggest attractions of the Giant Mountains. Remnant of the ice age. Minor attractions are the stones – Krakonoš pulpit right next to Wawel. From here we set off for a while along the ridge

Snow pits
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Ridge along Violík

We will walk along the ridge only about 1.5 kilometers along a wide comfortable path. We will pass Violík (1,472 m above sea level), which is officially banned from entering due to lichen protection. But a lot of people don't respect that

Ridge along Violík
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View back to Violík and Wawel

About 400 meters from Violík we reach a place called Česká budka, where we leave the ridge and slowly descend to the source of the Elbe. We still have beautiful views of Violík and Wawel

View back to Violík and Wawel
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The source of the Elbe

The source of the Elbe lies just south of the main ridge. There are a lot of people here most of the day, especially in nice weather. If you want to have some peace here, go on this tour later. The spring is rather symbolic, the real one is a few tens of meters away in the meadow.

The source of the Elbe
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Coats of arms of cities at the source of the Elbe

An interesting feature at the source of the Elbe is the wall showing the flow of the river through all major cities. There are also significant tributaries of the river

Coats of arms of cities at the source of the Elbe
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Road from the source of the Elbe

From this point of view, it is beautiful to see what awaits us now – the crossing of the plateau back to the Bohemian Ridge. On the left you can see Vrbat's hill, where we started – in the middle Harrach's stones and on the far right Kotel. It is about 2.5 kilometers easy walk

Road from the source of the Elbe
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Road to Růžena's garden

The road runs fast and you still have beautiful views of both ridges and Sněžka in the distance. Slightly in the middle is the U Čtyř pánů crossroads, where you could take the yellow shortcut back to Vrbatova Hill, but you would lose a few more interesting things, so it's better to continue to the U Růženčiny zahrádky crossroads

Road to Růžena's garden
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View of the Boiler

From the U Růženčiny zahrádky crossroads, the road ascends in the direction of Harrachovy kameny. You will also pass an unmarked footpath towards the bunkers and to the top of the Boiler. Quite often, conservationists move here and catch tourists who go after it

View of the Boiler
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Harrach's stones

Harrachovy kameny (1,421 m above sea level) is a flat peak dotted with granite rocks. There are great views from here, practically the whole Giant Mountains. Vrbat's hill is already in sight, where we end this beautiful round

Harrach's stones
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Road to Vrbatovo hill

From Harrachovy kameny, only a short and comfortable descent to Vrbatovo vrch (1,415 m above sea level) awaits us, from where there is also a pretty view, especially to a large part of the main ridge.

Road to Vrbatovo hill
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