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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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  • We were there in the spring. We took the south route from Pec pod Snezkou. We encountered strong winds when the forrest ended at the sheep farm. Then route went back to the forrest again. At the open ...  more »
  • The pistes are short, but good and offer some challenge for not very experienced skiers. Lots of hotels are situated at the slopes. The personel is unkind and doesn't know what the word service or hos...  more »
  • Queued for over an hour. Views are good but nowhere near as spectacular as the Alps. Nothing at the top but a very basic snack bar. So, yes, I've seen it, is it memorable. No, not really.  more »