Kralický Sněžník: The Unusual Crossroad
Kralický Sněžník (1.424 m) is a mountain on borders of Moravia, Silesia and Poland. It is not part of any mountain range. It is just a high plateau with great natural diversity and streams that continue in three different directions: the Black Sea, Baltic Sea, and the North Sea. This small part of Czechia is worth your visit.
Thy Sky Walk
I would recommend starting your hiking trip in a town called Dolní Morava. Here you can visit the Sky Walk and admire surrounding nature like a bird. Here you have great views of the Kralický Sněžník itself, but you can also admire Orlické hory, Jeseníky or Krkonoše (the Giant Mountains). On the spiral way up, you can take advantage of the educational trail with interesting information about this region.
I found particularly interesting information about the neighboring region Kladsko that used to be part of Bohemia in middle age. There were several attempts to incorporate this region into Czechoslovakia after World War I as well as World War II. Today, the historical center of Kłodzko is sometimes still referred to as “Little Prague.”
At the Sky Walk, you climb 55 meters by a comfortable trail suitable for baby carriages or wheelchairs. If you are brave enough, you can take an alternative route back, the slide that is 101 meters long. So, you might try to enjoy these fantastic views even on the sled!
The peak of Kralický Sněžník is divided between the Czech Republic and Poland, almost like in the case of Sněžka, the highest peak of Krkonoše (the Giant Mountains). In the past, there used to be a stone view tower until 1973. Today, the peak has no dominant, but the new view-tower is under construction. The main dominant is nearby the highest peak, and it is a statue of a baby elephant that was put in a place of a former chalet already in 1932.
The easiest way on the top is from town Dolní Morava by a yellow touristic trail. However, for experienced tourists who enjoy amazing views, I would recommend a trail along the ridge by a red trail that copies the boundaries with Poland. On the way back is the best blue trail going to the Sky Walk and back to Dolní Morava.
How to Get to Kralický Sněžník
This peak is reachable from town Dolní Morava that is about 3 hours drive from Prague. By train, it’s about 4 hours with some changes, so I recommend taking a car with you. Kralický Sněžník is a high plateau between Orlické hory and Jeseníky. So, it would be great to spend several days in this area and discover surrounding nature.