lookout Tower Kozákov
Head to Kozákov hill near Semily! A pleasant walk awaits you and a beautiful view of the Jizera Mountains from the local lookout tower! The iron lookout tower is located on the Kozákov hill at an altitude of 743 meters, approximately 10 km west of Semily.
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Interesting facts lookout Tower Kozákov
The lookout tower with a total height of 48 meters was officially opened to tourists in 1995. Its viewing platform is located at a height of 24 meters above the ground. A total of 124 steps lead to it and it offers a nice view of the Jizera Mountains, the Giant Mountains, the Czech Central Mountains, the Eagle Mountains and the Bohemian Paradise.
If you are coming from the direction of Rovensko pod Troskami, then head towards Lestkov. After the village, turn right to Radostná pod Kozákovem and further up through Komárov to the lookout tower. You can park directly under the lookout tower and you can of course get here from the direction of Semily. For cyclists, it is possible to use cycle routes 4176 and 4006, if you are driving from Rovensko pod Troskami and Semil. If you are leaving Trutnov, you can use the cycle route No. 4006.
Also, if you walk, you will have a choice of several possible routes. A yellow tourist sign leads here from Semily, a blue one from Železný Brod and a green one from Záhoří.
The lookout tower is closed in February and March, but after agreement with the Semily Czech Tourists Club, it is possible to visit it.
During April, October and November, you can get here on weekends between 10:00 and 16:00. In May and September it is open every day except Monday from 10 am to 4 pm, on weekends the opening hours are extended by one hour. From June to August it is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
Mount Kozakov itself provides a beautiful view of the surroundings, almost one third of Bohemia. In 1995, a lookout tower was built here, which further enhances the view.
The idea of building a lookout tower in Kozákov was debated at the beginning of the 20th century. It was not until 1928 that a cottage was built here, serving tourists, and a temporary wooden tower had been built before. During World War II, the cottage served the German army and in 1962 there was a fire in the cottage.
The lookout tower was waiting for itself until the end of the 20th century. The original intention was to build a tower that would serve only military purposes, but eventually it was agreed between the army and the Czech Tourists Club that the metal hexagonal tower would be extended by an observation deck.
Construction of the tower began in the spring of 1994 and ended in November of that year. The observation deck was opened to the public on December 1, 1994 and did not continue until April 22 of the following year.
The nearby Rieger's cottage was renovated in 2004.
Author: Andrea Štyndlová