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Even little children know that the Krkonoše Mountain ridges and valleys are the kingdom of the mighty ruler of the mountains, known as "Krakonoš". This strapping man, with his long beard and knotted stick in his hand, protects and rewards the good and honest, whilst at the same time punishing the evil and undutiful cold-hearted. Woe to those who abuse their power and wealth or who dare to plunder the riches of the mountains and destroy the countryside. It is in this form that Krakonoš lives in a number of folk legends and fairytales that have been passed down from generation to generation.

"The jewel in the crown of the Krkonoše Mountains, Obří důl, guarded by the majesty of Sněžka and the area around Pec pod Sněžkou, is a place of magic, almost as if it was made for the stone cradle of the mythical giant Krakonoš …"

The Krkonoše Mountains are the highest, best-known, and most visited mountain range in the Czech Republic. They lie in North Bohemia at the border with Poland, which divides them into 2 unequal parts both in terms of area and shape. The Czech part of the Krkonoše Mountains covers an area of 454 km2 and is considerably larger, more jagged, and gentler than the Polish part (177 km2). The Krkonoše Mountain Range is the highest of the Central European low mountain ranges and is part of the geological unit known as the Bohemian Massif. To the west begins the Novosvětské sedlo (New World Saddle), which divides the Krkonoše Mountains from the neighbouring Jizera Mountains (another border for which is formed by the River Jizera), Vysoké nad Jizerou, Jilemnice, and other villages. The northern boundary of the Czech part of the Krkonoše Mountains is made up by the state border with Poland.

Rugged mountain climactic conditions are typical for the Krkonoše Mountains. In spite of the fact that they lie in a moderate climactic belt, the ridges of the mountains are affected by the moist ocean air and prevailing western winds for long periods as a result of their high altitude above sea level. This obviously has a great influence on the stay of visitors to the mountains. The warmest month in the year is July, with its average temperature of +15°C, whilst the coldest month is January when the temperatures range between -5°C and -8°C. The Krkonoše Mountains also witness a great deal of rainfall, which increases with altitude above sea level. The snowfall here is an extraordinary feature in that a continuous covering of snow is maintained here for between 70 and 180 days a year. For the most part, snow lies on the peaks of the mountains from November to the beginning of May. However, there are often snow showers in the middle of summer, which can obviously be an unpleasant surprise for unprepared tourists.

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