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Zelezna Ruda

Železná Ruda is a town in the Pilsen Region of the Czech Republic. It is located in the Šumava Mountains, close to the border with Bavaria and the German town Bayerisch Eisenstein. It is one of the important sports and tourism centres of the Šumava Mountains. The German name of the town comes from The Middle Ages, when it was a market town.Places of interestNaturalThe town is surrounded by forests and green mountains. There are many popular tourist sites, such as the lakes Černé jezero and Čertovo jezero and Špičák peak (1,202 m).HistoricalHistorical sites include the Church of Panna Maria Pomocná z Hvězdy (with an Eastern-style cupola), the Chapel of St. Barbora (saint of mineworkers) and the Way of the Cross. The local museum and information centre are located in a house, which was the home to a well-known family of glassmakers in the past. There is an exhibition of traditional glass, documents and photographs concerning history available all year round.Geography and ClimateŽelezná Ruda, lying in a wild mountain terrain between 710 metres and 1214 metres is surrounded with thick coniferous woods. Its climate is cool and wet humid continental hemiboreal with moderately cold, long winters and cool summers. Average July temperature is 15.1°C and average January temperature is -4.2°C. All year average is 5.7°C and there falls some 967 mm of precipitations.
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