Czech Republic

Hiking trails: five sections through the Giant Mountains Czech Republic

Getting there: this hiking-area is easy and quick to get to by the highways of the Netherlands and Germany. Or a flight to Prague and by public transport (direct buses, train) to Turnov. 
Maps: You can buy suitable walking maps everywhere in the area. Or: THE MAP 2087 Riesengebirge/Krokonose, Kompass; ISBN 978385026865.
Accommodation: In 1993 finding a place to sleep and eat was no problem at all and thanks to the increasing winter-sports possibilities (Pec, Spindleruv-Mlyn) it only will become better and better: private pensions, “Zimmer frei”, hotel, B&B’s.

Easter 1993: a trail in the borderland of Poland and the Czech Republic, among which the ski-resorts of Pec and Spindleruv-Mlyn (spinning wheel). On foot a great area to discover. Highest place: the Snezka mountain (1602 m.), at Easter complete in the snow and high winds and with difficulties in finding the paths and marks! But: there is a post-office! So, bring a compass and wear suitable clothes and shoes!
In the valleys green spring begins.

Distance between the sections: 15 - 20 km.

Day 1: Mala Skala - Semily
Day 2: Semily - J ablonec
Day 3: Jablonec nad J.- Jesseny - Spindleruv Mlyn
Day 4: Spindleruv Mlyn - Snezka-Pec p.Snezkou
Day 5: Pec p.Snezkou - Svoboda (and by train back to Mala Skala)

On trail: a fantastic run to the mountains through green spring colours in the valleys, rare flora in the natural reserve, flowers and brooks, sometimes a farm, silence, a little village. Ruins and chapels. An open landscape. After the (ecological) disaster due to the unlimited industrial emissions there is - reportedly - worked hard to restore this magnificent area.

Below a short cinematic impression of the mountains: