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Harrachov is famous for its ski resort and its monumental ski jumps. Yet you can enjoy an unforgettable holiday here whatever the season.
SKI JUMPS IN HARRACHOV
The ski jump complex consists of five jumps on the slopes of Čertova Hora (1023 m a.s.l.) in Harrachov. The mammoth ski flying jump is a real rarity, one of only five jumps of its type in the whole world.
The Mumlava Falls is a waterfall almost 10 metres high, situated in the Harrachov basin on the Mumlava River, some 2 km from Harrachov, in a protected area of the Giant Mountains National Park. From a hydrological perspective, it is one of the most massive waterfalls in the Czech Republic, making it one of the most beautiful and most popular falls in Bohemia.
GLASSWORKS IN HARRACHOV – THE SECOND OLDEST GLASSWORKS IN BOHEMIA
To see a museum of glass, a microbrewery with a restaurant and a hotel with a beer spa all in one place, visit the Novosad glassworks in Harrachov. The glassworks was founded in 1722 and is one of the oldest in the Czech Republic. What makes it unique is its historic glass grinding plant, powered by gears and a water wheel. You can buy hand-blown, cut, engraved, painted and other types of decorated glass at the glassworks.
TANVALD-DESNÁ-KOŘENOV-HARRACHOV RACK RAILWAY
The only rack railway in the Czech Republic. Few railways have as much to boast of as the Jizera-Krkonoše Tanvald – Harrachov – Szklarska Poręba railway line, number 035 in the timetable. The trains on this line once had to struggle up an elevation of several hundred metres and therefore used racks on the steepest section from Tanvald to Kořenov. What makes it so interesting is not only its unique design, but also its rich history. It has become a regular travel destination for admirers of railways and engineering heritage from all over Europe, and in 1992 the Tanvald – Kořenov section was declared a cultural monument by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. Today, 12 kilometres of track are in operation, from Tanvald to Harrachov.
Activities in the vicinity of Harrachov
TO SNĚŽKA FROM HARRACHOV
Sněžka is not exactly the easiest destination for a trip from Harrachov.
Yet those who want to take a look at Sněžka with the least amount of effort can take the chair lift from Karpacze in Poland up to Kopa, from where it is just 1.5 km to the summit of Sněžka. . However, those who want to get their under their own steam have to prepare themselves for a hike of 30 km or so, so most walkers obviously take advantage of the the chance to sleep over in a mountain chalet. The Luční bouda, Výrovka and Martinova bouda chalets are ideal for this. You don’t have to take the same route back to Harrachov; there’s a beautiful trail from Mísečky to Dvoračky, over Kotel mountain. There’s a somewhat easier route from Karpacze in Poland; this is a pleasant trail and takes you past two glacial lakes!
SOURCE OF THE ELBE
The source of our most famous Czech river, the Elbe, rises on the Elbe meadow, very close to the state border with Poland. In 1684, this spring was symbolically consecrated by Jan of Talemberk, the Bishop of Hradec Králové, making the Elbe Meadow a definitive part of Czech territory.
Pančava Falls is the highest waterfall in the Czech Republic, with a total height of 148 metres. This is where the Pančava stream leaves the Pančava Meadow and falls down into the Elbe Valley. The waterfall can be reached by following the red footpath markers between the Labská and Vrbatova bouda chalets.
HANČ AND VRBATA MEMORIAL
This memorial was built on the Vrbatova plateau 1400 metres above sea level near the Vrbatova bouda chalet to commemorate the skiers Bohumil Hanč and Václav Vrbata, who died not far from there on 24 March 1913 during a 50-kilometre skiing championship race. From the memorial there is a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding Giant Mountains.