Ore Mountains - mountains
The Ore Mountains have long been such a Cinderella among the Czech mountains. Tourists neglected them a lot, which was probably due to the developed industry in their vicinity, especially the Most, Sokolovská and Cheb basins, where brown coal was traditionally mined. In the minds of the people, this area is polluted and damaged by industry, and indeed it has partly affected the face of the Ore Mountains. However, they are a beautiful place that is a shame not to know. Come here for at least a few days and explore the rugged but magical corners of the Ore Mountains.
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Interesting facts Ore Mountains - mountains
The Ore Mountains form a continuous about 40 km long mountain range in the length of 130 km, located in the northwest of Bohemia on the border with Germany. Their highest mountain is Klínovec, 1244 m high. On its rather flat top stands a lookout tower with a TV tower and a hotel. In good weather you can see really far, calmly to Petřín, Sněžka and Říp. For easy conquest of the peak, you can use the chairlift that leads here from nearby Jáchymov, or walk or cycle on one of the many hiking trails. One of the most popular is the road from Boží Dar, from where an asphalt road leads all the way to the top.
Boží Dar is the highest town in the Czech Republic. It lies directly at the German border in a saddle between Klínovec and another important mountain in the Ore Mountains, Božídarský Špičák. In summer and winter, tourism is concentrated in Boží Dar. In addition to several ski slopes and more than 70 km of cross-country trails, there are also interesting and attractive places in its vicinity. One of the most magical is the Božídarské rašeliniště national nature reserve. This peat bog covers an area of almost 930 ha and you can set off on a 3.2 km long nature trail, on which there are 12 information boards with interesting information about this place and its plant and animal inhabitants. This nature trail starts at the Boží Dar information center, where you can get tips for other interesting trips. One of them is, for example, Hauenstein Castle, about 10 km southeast, or the Upper Castle. This medieval guard castle and chateau became almost a ruin during the second half of the 20th century, but fortunately in recent years work has been diligently preserved to preserve it, and the castle is gradually becoming a tourist destination and venue for cultural events.
The larger town in the area is the mentioned Jáchymov, where lies one of the most unique spas not only in our country, but in the world. Musculoskeletal disorders are treated here with radon water, which is a unique method. In addition to the spa buildings, you can also recall the history of silver mining in the Ore Mountains and the local coinage in the Museum of the Royal Mint in Jáchymov.
There are several spas in the Podkrušnohorská basin, but Karlovy Vary is undoubtedly the best known in the whole Czech Republic. The fame of this spa town extends for centuries far beyond the borders of our republic. Healing springs, a spa colonnade and the typical architecture of spa houses, cultural events led by the International Film Festival, interesting museums and beautiful nature in the vicinity, all this makes this place an ideal destination for your holiday. Walking through the streets of the spa part of the city, which stretches around the flowing river Teplá, is a pleasant relaxation, although in the summer season there are many tourists.
If you want to see the beauty of this city from a height, take the cable car to the Diana lookout tower, from where you will have it in the palm of your hand. Near Karlovy Vary, there is another Goethe's lookout tower, from which you can beautifully overlook the entire Slavkov Forest and the Ore Mountains. The Plešivec u Abertam lookout tower, about 25 km north of Karlovy Vary, offers an equally beautiful view. And if you still don't have enough bird's eye views, there is also the Pajndl lookout tower, standing on Tisovské vrch near Nejdek. From Karlovy Vary, it is also just a short walk to the Gothic castle Loket, which is definitely worth a visit. On the opposite eastern side of the Ore Mountains, you can visit, for example, the nice castle Klášterec nad Ohří. Its beautiful red facade stands out in the surrounding greenery and the interior attracts, among other things, extensive collections of Czech and porcelain from all over the world.
Do not be prejudiced and visit the Ore Mountains at any time of the year, you will not regret it. Although it is a mountain range with harsh climatic conditions, you will find so much beauty here that you will definitely want to return here.