Snezka, Pec pod Snezkou

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Sněžka or Śnieżka is a mountain on the border between the Czech Republic and Poland, the most prominent point of the Silesian Ridge in the Krkonoše mountains. At 1603m, its summit is the highest point in the Czech Republic, in Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in the Krkonoše and in the entire Sudetes.HistorySněžka was one of the first European mountains visited by many tourists. This was mainly due to the relatively minor technical difficulties ascent and the fact that since the sixteenth century, many resort visitors flocked to the nearby Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój and highly visible Sněžka, visually dominant over all Krkonoše was for them an important attraction.The first historical account of an ascent to the peak is in 1456, by an unknown Venetian merchant searching for precious stones. The first settlements on the mountain soon appeared, being primarily mining communities, tapping into its deposits of copper, iron and arsenic. The mining shafts, totalling 1.5km in length, remain to this day.The first recorded German name was Riseberg ("giant mountain", cf. Riesengebirge, "Giant Mountains"), mentioned by Georg Agricola in 1546. Fifteen years later the name Riesenberg appears on Martin Helwig's map of Silesia. The German name later changed to Riesenkoppe ("giant top") and finally to Schneekoppe ("snow top", "snowy head").
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  • August 14, 2017
    Sněžka you can both enter the queue as well as approaches from many pages. Approaches vary greatly in difficulty-from the paved road from Szklarska Poręba to very steep approach from the Obrim Bottom. A route widely attractive-not only forest, mountain pine and nude top but also passage through the marshes in the top, and parade in the cloud:)
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  • August 14, 2017
    Highest mountain in the Krkonoše mountains. Almost end of our 4-day mountain tour. Fantastic views. Steep climb to the top. With the elevator down. But what a fuss! In the row up the mountain with droves of Polish and Czech tourists. You don't come here for the rest.
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  • August 11, 2017
    The cable car was not to high, but the hike was great. When the weather is great, we were not alone however.
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