The altitude of 1,602 m makes Sněžka the highest mountain in the Giant Mountains and at the same time in the whole of the Czech Republic. In addition, Sněžka is also one of the most popular peaks in our country and a great lookout point, offering magical panoramic views.
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Interesting facts Sněžka
In the Krkonoše region, Sněžka lies on their eastern side on the Hraniční ridge, near the Czech - Polish state border, which passes through this peak. The slopes of the peak fall on the Polish side into the Lomnička valley and on the opposite, southern side, then into Obří dol. In the west, the slopes converge to Úpská peat and in the east to the Giant's Ridge.
The total area of the rocky peak is 30 acres and the average temperature here is around 0.2 ° C. The first ascent to Sněžka, which was ever recorded, dates back to 1456. It was undertaken by Georgius Agricola, who named the summit Riesenberg, from whose shape later, in 1871, the plural form developed, the Riesengebirge or Giant Mountains. In the 19th century, the snow-covered peak gave the place Sněžka a good name for this place.
Currently, there are several buildings at the top of Sněžka. The oldest of them is the chapel of St. Vavřince from the 17th century with a total height of 14 m. There is also a Polish hut with a meteorological station, a stone obelisk and the Czech Post Office, which boasts the title of the highest post office in our republic. As an interesting feature, you can send a view from here and have it marked with a stamp with the inscription "Poštovna na Sněžce".
Sněžka is interwoven with a number of cross-country, cycling and tourist marked routes, while the most used starting point is Pec pod Sněžkou, from where a cable car also leads to the top of Sněžka. It is also possible to start a hike to Sněžka, for example, from Špindlerův Mlýn or Luční bouda.
Author: Andrea Štyndlová