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Železná Ruda

zelezna_ruda_1.jpgIt is with its 26 lifts the most extended skiing area of Šumava. There are decents in all categories. The flanks of the mountains Pancíř, 1214 m., and Špíčák, 1202 m., have about 16 kilometers of downhill routes. Also for cross country skiing the area of Železná Ruda has much to offer.

The town itself, that is called in German Markt Eisenstein, thanks its name to the winning of iron ore. Nowadays no iron ore is mined and its place is taken by the glass industry. In today´s city there are Vietnamese markets and nonstop bars and casinos.
During the communists regime the border crossing with Bayerisch Eisenstein was closed and the town was forgotten for a long time. Since the velvet revolution especially the tourism has grown fast. And that is no wonder, there is a lot to see and do in and around Železná Ruda.
In cultural interest, the town has very little to offer. The 18th century Baroque church is nevertheless worth a visit.

Železná Ruda is a particularly good starting point for daytrips through the Šumava region, as well by car, on foot as on a bicycle.

kaartje_spicak_1.jpgNorth of the town are the impressive glacier lakes Černé Jezero, the Black Lake, and Čertovo Jezero, the Devils Lake. The Černé Jezero is the largest natural lake in the Bohemian Forest. Both lakes are deep, about 35 m., and have an altitude just above 1000 m.

The Černé Jezero thanks its name to its black surface but the lake is also black in a different kind of meaning. It is said that it harbours dark secrets. There have already been surfaced crates of explosives and nazi archive materials.

The lakes can be reached from the ski resort Špíčák, close to the identical named mountain.

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Campgrounds near Železná Ruda

Tourist information:

Informační turistické centrum
Javorská 154 340 04
tel:(+420) 376 397 033

Places of interest

6.1km: Černé Jezero

The biggest natural formed lake in the Czech Republic is Černé Jezero, the Black Lake. This lake got its name from the black looking surface of the water which gives the lake a mysterious appearance. The black surface is the result of dark sediment on the bottom of the lake and the reflection of the dark woods that surround the lake.

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7.8km: Bílá Strž

The natural reserve Bílá Strž is well known for its identical named waterfall. It is part of the National Park, Narodni Park, Šumava and contains 97 Ha. The natural reserve is established in the past to protect the 14 m. waterfall and the beautiful valley in which it lies.

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8.5km: House of wilderness

With a view between "Grosser Falkenstein", Luzný and Roklan , the Wilderness House (Haus zur Wildnis) is located on a small hill in the forest. At the end of the town of Ludwigsthal, toward Bayerisch Eisenstein, there is a new railway stop and a parking lot.

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11.2km: Archeological village Prášily

Archeological village Prášily - What life was like for the Celts. The archeological village in Prášily gives you more information about life of the former inhabitants of the area - the Celts.

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13.5km: Crystal world in Bodenmais

Joska Kristall is a wonderfull world of crystal and glass. Glass factory is situated in small town Bodenmais (approx. 24 km from Bayerish Eisenstein) and offers you to try glass blowing, painting or engraving.

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16.3km: Mountain synagogue

Since 1883, it has been a house of prayer for more than 200 citizens of Jewish faith, later a carpenter’s workshop, and even a warehouse for used truck tires...

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17.2km: Glass museum in Frauenau

Glass Museum in Frauenau leads the visitor on an exciting journey through the history of glass, in the regional-historical world of the people who live and work with glass and ultimately to an important collection of international modern art glass.

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18.4km: Castle Velhartice

Velhartice Castle was built in the 13th century. It majestically overlooks romatic valley, sorrounded by Bohemian Forest. The castle is also famous for its owner Bušek of Velhartice, chamberlain to king and emperor Charles IV. Today´s look might visitors surprised by its romantic atmosphere or its unusual defence system.

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19.1km: Nature trail Vydra valley

An educational path along the Vydra river starts at Čenkova pila and brings you to Rokyta (there is a parking lot) or to Antýgl.
The red trail is long aprox. 7 km and offers you several stops with information boards

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