WHERE TO HIKE, BIKE OR DRIVE FOR YOUR NEW ADVENTURE?
WE RECOMMEND YOU:
Povydří (Vydra River area) (5 km)
Tříjezerní slať (7 km)
Prášily (8 km)
Kašperské Hory (12 km)
Srní (1,5 km)
Although Srní is the fourth smallest village in the Czech Republic, it offers all the benefits of a mountain resort. You can find restaurants, cafes, grocery store, post office, hotel with a swimming pool, sauna and sport club, information center and a gas station here. When in need of groceries, head to the local COOP store, when you want to treat yourself to something sweet go to Slunečná kavárna; or visit the local Pod Smrkem pub for a beer and chat with the local innkeeper Fanda Jiřík. The next day, everyone in the village square will greet you warmly, as if you had lived here for years.
U Zlatého Srnce brewery (a stone’s throw away, but no more than 400 meters)
Local craft brewery u Zlatého Srnce is worth a visit. If you are lucky, you can meet the owner and a brew master there. He will surely be happy to show you around and answer all your beer-related questions.
Vchynice – Tetov Water Canal (0,5 km)
The unique 13.6 km long technical monument is accessible all year round. After being built in 1799–1800, it first served to float plentiful amounts of wood from the upper Bohemian Forest, especially Modrava and Srní. It begins with a unique so-called gate bridge under the former settlement of Vchynice-Tetov and slowly winds through the Bohemian Forest around Rokyta and Staré Srní (Old Srní). After the decline of wood floating in 1934–1938, the canal was modified for the purpose of supplying water to the Vydra power plant in Čeňkova Pila. The route is suitable for strollers and cyclists in summer.
Hauswaldská kaple (3 km)
Hauswald Chapel is an ancient pilgrimage site that inspired the name of our house. Thanks to the allegedly miraculous spring, it is known to the locals as the Šumava Lourdes. Take an unforgettable walk to this site filled with strong positive energy and try the healing water for yourself…
Wolf enclosure and visitor center Srní (3 km)
Don’t forget to stop by the local visitor centre, nature trail and wolf enclosure. This unique enclosure is about 3 square kilometers large. You can find a 300 meters long raised footbridge (3-4 m above the ground) with 3 observation platforms from which you can watch the half-wild wolves.
Vydra River area (5 km)
The rocky segment of the Vydra River between Antýgl and Čeňkova pila offers breathtaking scenery of wild rapids with cascades, huge boulders, and eroded “giant kettles”.
Antýgl (6 km)
Antýgl, known mainly as a traditional camping ground, is indelibly connected with the settlement of this part of Šumava. First mentioned in 1 500 is today a silent witness to bygone times and a jewel of local folk architecture.
Oblík (6 km)
Oblík offers unforgettable view of Srní and the wide surroundings from a bird’s eye view. Head over there in the evening through Zelenohorské chalupy and if you are lucky, you will meet the wood grouse, a rare inhabitant of the surrounding forests.
Tříjezerní slať (7 km)
The Three-Lake moor is a typical Bohemian Forest raised peat bog with an area of 5 square kilometers at an altitude of 1062 m. It is named after three peat lakes, the largest of which is 700 square meters large and over two meters deep. You can learn about rare plants growing there on the 250-metre nature trail on log roads. Look for large colorful dragonflies that can often be seen there.
Poledník (8 km)
Perhaps the most dominant lookout in the area with 37-metre high concrete tower built in 1960s to control the borders. After 1989, the peak of Poledník was opened to the public as and an observation tower. From here you can see the highest Šumava giants, such as the Grosser Arber (1,456), Grosser Rachel (1,453 m) and Lusen (1,373 m) with its rocky sea at the top. On a clear day, Poledník is one of the few places in Šumava from where you can see the distant Alps. You can walk to the meridian on foot or by bike, and in winter on machine-modified cross-country trails.
Prášily (8 km)
Prášily, originally known as Stubenbach, was formerly known for its production of glass products and wall clocks. Today it is a great example of a typical Šumava village. Great starting point to Prášilské Lake, Gsenget, Poledník, Nová Hůrka, Laka Lake, Dobrá voda, Křemelná valley and many other gems of the Šumava wilderness. When there, visit the U Michala inn that has a large summer garden and children’s playground.
Modrava (10 km)
One of the most famous villages in the entire Šumava is a typical mountain resort. It is an ideal starting point for other great destinations, such as the Pürstling, the Roklanský brook valley, the Bird Reservoir and many more. It is also an excellent place for food and beer lovers. Kids shouldn’t miss the local visitor center called Dřevák.
Kašperské Hory and Kašperk Castle (12 km)
Look out from the massive towers of Kašperk Castle into the mysterious forests of Šumava. This sentry castle near the Bavaria border was built by the Czech King and the Roman Emperor Charles IV in order to protect the gold-bearing Kašperské Hory and the newly built trade route connecting the Czech Kingdom with Bavaria. The castle’s massive fortifications are testament to the fact that the ruler was serious about this protection. The side towers were built without any openings whatsoever other than bay windows. During the Build your Own Castle interactive tour you can learn everything there is to know about the trades needed to build a medieval castle. And if you’re up to it, you can also challenge your own skills.
Kvilda (16 km)
Kvilda is currently one of the largest centers in central Šumava. It is a great starting point to the source of the Vltava, Černá hora, Bučina, and Knížecí pláně. Always busy, yet holding its charm.
Železná Ruda (28 km)
In recent years, much of its once-lost beauty has been slowly returning to this largest winter sports center in Šumava. New accommodation options and residential housing bring life to this mountain town again. If you want to spend a day on the ski slopes, it is definitely worth a short drive to the ski resort on Velký Javor, where the quality of the slopes and lifts reaches Alpine standards.
Centrum národního parku Luzný, Bavorsko
In the middle of the Bavarian mixed mountain forest at the Nationalparkzentrum Lusen near Neuschönau, the Treetop Walk offers unique views and experiences. With an overall length of 1,300 meters and a height of 8 to 25 meters, the Treetop Walk meanders through the beech trees, firs and spruces of the mixed mountain forest, past numerous learning and activity stations. The walkway and observation tower are designed to be accessible and family-friendly. A maximum gradient of 6 % allows access with a wheelchair or pushchair. You can get here both by your own car via Železná Ruda and in the summer by local buses through the border crossing in Bučina where you can catch the local Bavarian bus that takes you all the way there.