Activities (Hiking and skiing)

HIKING

Short outings
Rambling
Cycling trips
Excursion trips

SKIING

Downhill skiing
Cross-country skiing


HIKING

Špindlerův Mlýn is the best-known mountain recreation and sports centre in Bohemia with numerous active leisure-time pursuits.

In summer the area around Špindlerův Mlýn offers over 180 km of hiking paths. On each of them you can find refreshments in the pleasant environment of trailside restaurants and buffets.

For the more demanding there are ridgeway walks that you can comfortably get to the start of on the Pláně (1182 m) and Medvědin (1235 m) chair lifts.

Latest detailed information on chair lift timetables and prices can be found at the website of town Špindlerův mlýn.


Rambling – short outings:

Round the Elbe

In Špindlerův Mlýn itself there are some fine outings, e.g. the enchanting promenade along the Elbe, leading along the chair lift route to Medvědín, where there is a fine view of the Giant Mountains including Sněžka, the highest peak in the Czech Republic.


Under Svatý Petr

A panoramic round trip in the picturesque valley of Svatý Petr. which you will complete at a gentle pace in around two hours.


Easy ridgeway walk

A less demanding outing – by bus from the centre of Špindlerův Mlýn to Špindlerova bouda at an altitude of 1400 m. On foot past the old Petrova bouda and Moravská bouda you will get back to Špindlerova Mlýn in two to three hours. We recommend the pleasant restaurant at Moravská bouda.


Bread and dripping at Rovinka

Up the waterfall trail, which starts just a short distance from our guest house, to Horní Mísečky, where you head out for Rovinka. After quick refreshments in the sporty Na Rovince forest chalet you walk back to Špindlerův Mlýn via Krausovy boudy.


Pláně

Take the chair lift to Pláně. Walk along the mountain ridges towards Strážná, past the Na pláni cottages and then take Věřina cesta down the slope back into town.


White Elbe

A fine walk along dřevařská cesta (woodcutter’s path) to bouda U Bílého Labe (about four kilometres). Here you can get refreshments and decide if you have the strength to carry on up to Luční bouda or you can comfortably get back to Špindlerův Mlýn along the road. This route is even suitable for the handicapped, leading from Divčí lávky for four kilometres with a slight upward gradient along an asphalt roadway to bouda U Bílého Labe.


Rambling – for more demanding and hardened walkers

Challenging day-long mountain hikes from Špindlerův Mlýn usually lead to Sněžka, the highest peak in the Czech Republic (1602 m).


Sněžka

The least demanding path is the one that goes past Špindlerova bouda, which you can get to by bus from the bus station in the centre of Špindlerův Mlýn every half hour during the tourist season. You get to Sněžka From Špindlerův Mlýn via Polední kameny and you get back via Luční bouda and Výrovka, where you can fortify yourself for the final descent down the Stoh slope into Svatý Petr.

Another way to get up Sněžka is from Svatý Petr – with a fine ascent up the Dlouhý důl valley to Výrovka and then on to Luční bouda.


Kozí hřbety

A path with a beautiful view leads from Svatý Petr to Kozí hřbety and Luční bouda. Here you can decide either to carry on to Sněžka or to go back via Výrovka and the Na Rozcestí buffet down the Stoh slope to Špindlerův Mlýn. On the way from Výrovka to Na Rozcestí don’t miss the unusual summertime natural phenomenon – the map of the republic made out of snow, in which leftover snow on Studiční hora forms the shape of the Czech Republic well into the summer months.


Source of the Elbe

The path to the source of the Elbe is one of the most beautiful. Take the chair lift up to Medvědín and carry on from there via Vrbatova bouda and Zlaté návrší past the Hanč and Vrbata cairn to the very source of the Elbe. The return trip leads to Labská bouda and then by a more demanding descent through the Elbe valley, where you can see the Pančavský vodopád waterfall, the highest in the Czech Republic (148 m). It is also possible to head from the source of the Elbe towards the Polish chalet Wawel and then to get back down via Sněžné jámy, Vysoké kolo, the old Petrova bouda, Moravská bouda and Davidovy boudy.


Cycling trips

Špindlerův Mlýn takes part in the “Cyclists Welcome” programme. Cycling tracks connect Krkonoše, Podkrkonoši, Jizerské hory and the Polish side of Krkonoše. These regions remain connected from spring to autumn thanks to cyclobuses. Bicycles are transported for free on the chair lifts. Bike parks can be found at Svatý Petr and Hromovka, and bicycle hire and specialist servicing centres in the town.

We recommend the Sportservis Horal bicycle hire centre. (votava.vladimir@atlas.cz, phone: +420 603 119 272). They will deliver your bikes and protective helmet right to the door of the guest house.


Excursion tips

Vrchlabí

About 15 km from Špindlerův Mlýn, you can shop for Krkonoše pottery, lace and other handicraft products in the picturesque square. On the way from Špindlerův Mlýn to Vrchlabí you can visit a private brewery. Vrchlabí offers numerous hiking and cycling opportunities, as well as several interesting heritage sites. The 16th century Renaissance chateau, the arcaded burgher gable houses and the early eighteenth century Augustinian monastery are certainly noteworthy. Housed in the monastery and three historical buildings on Náměstí Miru, the Krkonoše Museum exhibitions present a number of historical and scientific collections. The Beer Festivals held on Náměstí T. G.Masaryka on the first Saturday of August are now visited by a large number of regulars. Vrchlabí is also an ideal place for supermarket shopping (at Lidl, Billa and Penny Market) before you go back to Špindlerův Mlýn.


Prague

About 150 km from Špindlerův Mlýn, some 100 km of which is on the motorway or expressway, Prague, the crossroads of European culture is a world famous heritage conservation site protected by UNESCO.
All the famous sights such as Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square can be seen in about four hours before you return to the mountains.


ZOO Dvůr Králové

The Dvůr Králové Zoo is about 30 km from Špindlerův Mlýn. It is the largest breeder of African animals in Europe and one of the most beautiful zoos in the world. It is the only one in the Czech Republic to offer daily and evening African safaris from May till the end of September, with visitors riding through in specially modified safari buses or in their own cars among the free-roaming animals.


Prachovské skály

This is a sandstone rock town in the protected landscape area of Český Ráj (the Bohemian Paradise). Prachovské skály are located just a few kilometres north-west of Jičín and about 50 km from Špindlerův Mlýn. You can walk around Prachovské skály taking either the short route which is 1.5 km long (about 45 minutes at a gentle pace) or the long route which is 5 km long (about 2 hours at a gentle pace).


Kost

One of the best preserved castles with a rhomboid tower, built in the 14th century. The Renaissance kitchens, historical weapons, romantic Plakánek Valley and the 300-year-old Semtínská linden tree are all to be seen.


Kuks State Chateau

This former spa complex from the early 18th century, established by Count F. A. Špork, is located about 55 km from Špindlerův Mlýn. The hospital and original pharmacy (the second oldest in Europe) have been preserved, along with the church containing the Špork family tomb. Two rows of Baroque statues by Matyáš Braun, allegorical Virtue and Vice statues, are quite unique. Since 2009 the Kuks complex has been undergoing extensive renovation.


Poniklá

A picturesque mountain village (25 km away), famous not only for its old herbwoman ponikelská bába kořenářka from Krkonoše fairy tales, but also for the charming Christmas decorations hand-made from glazed pearls.
http://www.rautis.cz/


Janské Lázně

A spa (30 km away), with mineral and thermal springs, a spa colonnade and a cabin car to Černá hora (1299 mm).


Bozkovské caves

The only Dolomite caves in Bohemia, a visit to which is made even more wonderful by the underground lakes of clear blue-green water.


Kozákov

(30 km away) a lookout tower and a site for precious stones.


Trutnov

An industrial and historical town some 50 km from Špindlerův Mlýn. The most prominent landmarks include Krakonoš Square with its neo-Gothic town hall, the Krakonoš drinking fountain, the arcaded burgher houses and the Holy Trinity column, while the chief landmark in the town is the Baroque Church of the Nativity of our Lady.

SKIING

You really won’t find a better place for downhill skiing in Bohemia. Špindlerův Mlýn is the only place in the Czech Republic where the snow is on the ground until April.


Downhill skiing

Špindlerův Mlýn Ski Resort operates five chair-lifts and 11 ski-lifts in Špindlerův Mlýn and Horní Mísečky, and a total of 26 km of downhill skiing trails, of which 85% are equipped with snow blowers in case of adverse weather conditions. The Horní Mísečky ski resort is very suitable for beginners and families with children, offering four ski lifts, ski slopes that are always perfectly groomed and a snowpark for snowboarders.

Snowboarding and downhill skiing – the Medvědín and Svatý Petr Ski Resort are near to our guest house. Both centres offer high-standard, snow-blown and daily groomed skiing trails both for demanding skiiers and beginners. Local skiing trails are of the highest standard in the Czech Republic with regard to their camber length and their grooming.

Information on the operation of ski lifts and on the state of downhill pistes and cross-country trails, snow parks, ticket prices and other useful advice for winter visitors can be found at www.skiareal.cz.

Immediately beneath our guest house there is a fine children’s ski lift and snowtubing, where you can try a wild ride on an inflatable tyre down an ice chute. The nicely named NANOOK Skiing School has been operating here for several years. Here likable instructors will willingly attend to your children.
A refreshments stall sells honest-to-goodness mulled wine at the ski lift…

http://www.snowtubingpark.cz/cs/lyzarska-skola


Cross-country skis

Winter provides suitable conditions for cross-country skiing at Špindlerův Mlýn. Over a hundred kilometres of groomed marked cross-country tracks await you. The main Krkonoše cross-country skiing route passes just about 1.5 km from Minerva. Starting points include Horní Mísečky, Hotel Lesana, the confluence of the Elbe and the White Elbe, the Svatý Petr Ski Centre and the Na Pláni buffet.


Other useful information

Snowboarding:

Snowboarders can make use of any of the snowboarding parks in Špindlerův Mlýn that are part of the Ski Resort:

  • Burton Snowpark Svatý Petr
  • Burton Easy Park Hromovka
  • Snowpark Horní Mísečky

Sledge slide:

Snow & fun
Four-kilometre sledge slide
www.sankarska-draha.cz
Phone: +420 601 222 111


Lyžařské školy:

SKOL MAX Ski School
Phone: +420 499 433 291
www.skolmax.cz


Yellow Point

Phone: +420 499 433 505
Mobile: +420 731 160 152
www.ypoint.cz


Půjčovna lyžařského vybavení:

Nearest rentals at Pension Kraus
Phone:+420 602 406 071

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