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Krkonoše (giant mountains)

Even a small child knows that the Krkonoše ridges and valleys are the kingdom of the mighty ruler named Krakonoš. This tall man protects and rewards the good, while he punishes the evil and disobedient.

"Krkonoše´s gem, Giant mine, guarded by the majesty of Sněžka and around Pec pod Sněžkou is a magical place, made for the stone cradle of the mythical giant Krakonoš ..."

The Krkonoše Mountains are the highest, most famous and most visited Czech mountain range. It is located in northeastern Bohemia near the border with Poland, which is divided into two parts of unequal shape and size. The Czech part with an area of ​​454 square kilometers is much larger, more rugged and milder than the Polish one (177 square kilometers). The Krkonoše Mountains are the highest of the Central European Highlands - it is part of a geological complex called the Bohemian Massif. In the west they start with the New World Saddle, which separates them from the neighboring Jizera Mountains, whose further border is the Jizera River, then Vysoké nad Jizerou, Jilemnice, and other settlements. The northern border of the Czech part of the Giant Mountains is the state border with Poland.

The Krkonoše Mountains are characterized by harsh climatic conditions. Although located in a temperate climate zone, due to their high altitude, their ridges have long been exposed to the humid ocean air and the prevailing western winds. This significantly affects the stay of mountain visitors. The warmest month of the year is July with temperatures around + 15 ° C and the coldest month is January with temperatures around -5 ° C to -8 ° C. The Giant Mountains are very rich in precipitation. Their amount increases with altitude. The precipitation in solid form, snow, is exceptional for this area. The continuous snow cover is maintained for 70 to 180 days a year. The peaks are covered with snow from November to early May. However, snow showers often occur in the middle of summer and may unpleasantly surprise unprepared tourists.


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