The top of Pancíř Mountain (with an elevation of 1214 m) offers one of the most beautiful views of Šumava, on a clear day you can even see the Alps. It is accessible by a chair lift from the Špičák resort with the Hofman interchange station of a length of 2750 m. On the top is an observation tower with a restaurant. The distance from the hotel is 1.5 km.
The most famous ski resort in Šumava (1202 m), with beautiful views of the surrounding area. Špičák is the main European watershed between the Black Sea and North Sea. Summer attractions for cyclists include the unique Bike Park. The cable car to the top is in operation during the summer months. The mountain has the longest railway tunnel in Bohemia (1748 m). The distance from the hotel is about 4 km.
This is the biggest sports and tourist centre in Šumava. The baroque church of Panny Marie Pomocné (the Virgin Mary) complete with dome is considered a local landmark. In the village there is a glass museum, a museum of historic motorcycles, and Šumava National Park Information Centre. The ‘Way of the Cross’ leading to the chapel near the Belvedere Hotel has been newly renovated. The distance from the hotel is 7 km on the Horizont Resort – Špičák – Železná Ruda route.
Environmental center in Železná Ruda presenting nature and landscape protection in Sumava.
This is the highest mountain in Šumava, with an elevation of 1,455.5 metres (4,775 ft.), Although geographically belonging to Šumava (also known as the Bohemian Forest), it is often referred to as “King of the Bavarian Forest” as it crosses the Bavarian side of the border. Velký Javor (Great Arber) is forested, and the very top is composed of four rock formations. It is one of Germany’s most famous skiing resorts besides the Bavarian Alps. At the top is a wooden cross, two circular towers and a chapel of St. Bartholomew from the year 1956. At the top there’s also a cable car terminal and on the slopes of the mountain there’s a large number of ski lifts and ski runs. The distance from the hotel 15 km.
A famous Western Bohemian town, also known as the “Gate of Šumava” has 23,000 inhabitants. The city has a rich history and offers visitors a wealth of sights: catacombs dating back to the 17th century, the Black Tower, city walls, the town hall and the ‘U bílého jednorožce‘ pharmacy (By the White Unicorn), which is a UNESCO world heritage site due to its original Baroque features. The distance from the hotel is 40 km away.
All 8 glacial lakes (5 on the Czech and 3 on the Bavarian side) were formed by the gradual melting of the glaciers that had formed during the late Tertiary period – including the cooling of the climate in Central Europe – on (but not only) the mountainside slopes of Šumava. Melting glaciers pushed huge quantities of stone and gravel from which the slopes were formed to create a massive dam – moraine mounds. These dikes hold up the water – cut off from the glaciers during the last ice age. Of course the lakes currently supply the lower springs and tributaries.
The Black Lake is located on the slopes of the Jezerní (Lakeside) mountains, 1343 m high. Black Lake is the largest lake in Šumava covering an area of 18.4 ha, and with a depth of 40.6 m (maximum depth of the lake is on the Czech side of Šumava) and lies at an altitude of 1008 m above sea level from its “twin” Čertovo jezero (Devil’s Lake) which is separated by a 330 m high wall formed by the Jezerní (Lakeside) mountains. It probably got its name due to apparently ‘black water’ created by the effect of the reflections from the surrounding dense forests. The bottom of the lake is covered with a several feet deep layer of pollen from the neighbouring conifer. The lake dam is reinforced and was the first pumped storage hydro power plant built in Czechoslovakia in the year 1929.
Čertovo jezero (Devil’s Lake) is located at the southern slope of the Jezerní (Lakeside) mountains. Interestingly both lakes (Černé jezero and Čertovo jezero) have the same distance (direct distance of approximately 1.5 km) that runs along the ridge of the Jezerní (Lakeside) mountains as the main European watershed between the North Sea (Black Lake) and the Black Sea (Devil’s Lake). The lake is elevated at a height of 1030 m above sea level, its area is 10.3 hectares and maximum depth is 37 m. Another point of interest is that in 1911 the Black Lake and Devil’s Lake Reserve was established by the owner of the estate of the Prince of Hohenzollern on the initiative of the founder of modern conservation Hugo Connwentze. The area around the protected area of Black Lake and Devil’s Lake is 152 ha.
Prášilské Lake lies at an altitude of 1080 m above sea level; it was formed like the other Šumava lakes from subsidence from the Pleistocene glaciers. The lake is formed by a typical granite and gneiss kar that creates a 9 m high barrier and two older moraines mounds. Height of the kar wall above the lake is 150 m. The area of the lake is 3.7 hectares and the depth is up to 15 m. Under Prášilské Lake are the so-called old basin, swamp valley, and remains of the already overgrown lake.
This is the highest and also the smallest lake in the Šumava having an area of 2.78 hectares and is located at an altitude of 1096 m below the mountain Plesná. This shallow lake is fed by two streams which has been gradually overgrown with vegetation and are now floating peat islands. In the 19th century the lake surface was increased by 2 artificial dikes from the original marsh with several lakes. The lake brook flows into Křemelná, and part of the water was drained through a narrow channel to glass making machines for the former Hůrka(‘Heights’).
Plešné lies at an altitude of 1090 m with clamped rocky shores in the middle of forest. Its area is 7.5 hectares, and in the past Schwarzenberg navigational canal was fed from this lake. The lake basin was formed by the Pleistocene glacier, and the left frontal moraine dam consists of a build-up of stone. The end of the dam reaches a height of 30-40 m and a width of 1 km makes it the widest lake in Šumava. There was a tourist lodge, from the times of early tourism (1911) which was later demolished.
OREA RESORT HORIZONT – YOUR FAMILY HOLIDAY IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Your children won’t get bored with us. There is plenty of entertainment for them. We have prepared a lot of creative games and tasks for them in our Children’s Club or they can play in a new children’s corner. What you choose only depends on your children.
In winter (25. 12. 2020 – 31. 3. 2021) and summer (1. 7. – 1. 9. 2021) the Children’s Club is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
During spring and autumn it is open on certain Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and then between 3 and 6 p.m. The evening programme starting at 7 p.m. features Disco Games with Eliška the fox.
The up-to-date programme can be found at hotel reception.
We are looking forward to seeing you.
Yours, Czech Animation Team and the OREA Resort Horizont Team.
The choice is huge, so let us for ease of reference give you a brief overview.
The billiard table is located in the lobby of the restaurant. Cues and balls are free to borrow at the reception. Billiards is free for hotel guests 24/7.
Table tennis is located in the Pool & Fitness Centre. Rackets and balls are free to borrow at the Pool & Fitness Centre reception. Table tennis is open daily from 8:00 to 12:00 and 1:00pm to 9:00pm.
In front the hotel there is a mini-golf course. In summer, mini-golf open continuously for hotel guests and is available free of charge. For other players, the fee is CZK 50 per club per hour + CZK 100 refundable deposit.
Cycling trips are ideal due to the fact that close to the hotel there are many tempting cycle paths. Bikes can be rented from a half day to a full day. Bicycles are available at the nearby Špičák Ski resort.
Children’s bikes are available as well.
Sporty hiking – commonly known as Nordic Walking – can be enjoyed on marked trails found in the vicinity of the hotel. We are happy to lend out trekking poles to our guests and are available at the reception of the Pool & Fitness centre for CZK 50 per couple per day and other non-hotel guests rental is CZK 50 per hour + CZK 100 refundable deposit.
Ski rental is available at the Špičák ski resort, snowboards a children’s skis are of course also available.
For fans of golf other options are available close to our resort.
The Oberzwieselau Golfpark is 26 km away and is an 18-hole, 72-par course with a length of 6 km.
Deggendorfer Golf-Club is 38 km away, and is an 18-hole 72-par course
For beginners the Šumava Golf-Club is 25 km away, and is a 6-hole course.
In a beautiful Šumava setting only 30 km from the hotel is the popular Western Ranč Podolí (Podolí Western Ranch), which offers trips into the countryside to break in horses or leading horses around the ranch. Tips regarding trips around the area are happily provided directly at the ranch.
‘Otava’ is not only a term for boating enthusiasts, but also a beautiful river that cuts through the Šumava mountain range. Sail up the Otava River in a kayak, canoe or raft. You can find boats and equipment at Sušice.
This is a winter resort that has two slopes with a length of 650 and 300 meters, widely used by skiers. In summer you can enjoy, for example, a completely new and unique sporting attraction – non-motorized slalom carts. The area has a climbing centre, which stretches over an area of 440 m2 and offers 22 obstacles at heights of 7.9 meters to 1.5 meters. Outdoor activities complement the three bouncy trampolines, 2 of which are designed for our younger visitors, who also of course have a children’s playground available to them.
If you like adrenalin-fuelled adventure, then this could be perfect for you. This attraction can be enjoyed at the biggest and newly built professional course in the Kašper Mountains, which attracts its visitors with plenty of hiding places, obstacles, trenches and bunkers.
Hundreds of kilometres of marked cycling routes and a dense network or wood roads are the cyclists’ dream land. The cycling public including less ambitious sportsmen and families with children may choose from numerous scenic routes found in the Železná Ruda district, while the sturdy mountain-bikers may test their fitness negotiating the tracks leading to the top of Pancíř, Poledník, Falkenstein or event the highest peak in the Šumava and Bayerischer Wald, Grosser Arber.
For the real or would-be champions there is the demanding event of the Šumava marathon. And those who get tired of pedalling to get around, may use the numerous bus and train lines or the cableways to the tops of Pancíř or Špičák. The pedestrian tourists may either visit the popular destinations or follow any of the marked paths criss-crossing the wooded ranges of the forest land. No one will stop you if you prefer riding across the countryside to reach places rarely visited or tendered by man.
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Altogether 16 km. A nice trip also suitable for families with children.
Start in Špičák under the chairlift. It will take you up to the top of Pancíř, where you can refresh yourselves before another hike or, according to the weather, use a lookout tower.
The red signage will lead you to the Tomandl Cross and then through the ridge to the top of Můstek. It, with its height above sea level 1234 m, creates the highest peak of the Pancíř Ridge. One of the oldest Czech trade roads to Bavaria used to lead this way and there also used to stand a tourist cottage, today unfortunately destroeyd by fire.
From Můstek keep yourselves leading along the red signage, to just a few kilometres far Prenet, where there is a possibility to sit in the Prenet boarding house and have a rest before a 4 kilometres‘ long way along the green signage. It will lead you through a bit steeper descent to the railway station in Zelená Lhota.
The nature trail; Length: 36 km. The way searching after the remnants of glass making operations and step by step disappering footprints of glass making in the area of Železnorudsko.
Height difference: 850 m.
Difficulty: the whole route middle hard, the individual legs from easy ones to middle hard ones.
How to go through the route: the whole one by bike/on foot, individual legs by bike, on foot, Leg number 1 is also suitable for families with small children (even for prams) and the wheel-chair users.
The trail could be also gone through in legs:
1. Železná Ruda – the Alžbětín customs house: 7 stopovers, the Debrník Circle of the natural trail The Secret Defence of the Iron Curtain is also situated on the same trail; length: 6 km.
2. Alžbětín – Svarožná – Špičák: 5 stopovers, Length: 13 km (it is possible to come back behind the stopover number 11 along the River Svarožná and back to Alžbětín, ca. 6 km).
3. Špičák – Gerlova Huť: 2 stopovers; Length: 10.5 km.
4. Gerlova Huť – Železná Ruda: 3 stopovers; Length: 6.5 km.
The trail signage : the trail is marked with a glassmaker in a yellow square along its entire length, it also uses the marked tourist tracks, except for the 3 legs (ca. 9 km). The crossways are especially marked through, the marks are situated after longer distances on the roads.!!!Be careful with the crossroads when going down the hill.
From the starting place in the centre of Železná Ruda the trail descends in Sklářská Street along the yellow and green tourist signages to the River Řezná (S2). It turns left behind the railway, it goes up along the green signage along the cemetery (S3) toward Debrník (S4) and from here to Ferdinand’s Valley (S5) and back to Debrník. It continues to the left along the red signage toward Alžbětín, after 200 m S6 and from here further under the viaduct, it crosses the River Řezná and turns along the yellow signage onto the bike track.
In the middle of the track it crosses the road,the yellow signage leads to the railway station, but the track goes on along the bike track with its own signage to the former customs house in Alžbětín (S7). The Glass Making Nature Trail crosses the customs house and goes on up stream the River Svarožná (S8), where only the alleys of grown trees remind us of the former settlement. In the Valley of the River Svarožná there are stopovers S8 –S11.
In front of S10 and S11 the way is passable more badly(in the length of ca. 500 m), in this part of the way we recommend the bikers to sit off their bikes and walk.
Behind S11 it crosses the bridge aross the River Svarožná, from here it goes to the right along the road in front of the former company and turns left up to the former Rendl’s Yard and from here it keeps leading along forest roads onto the red signage, where it turns left to Devil’s Lake. It passes the A. Kašpar headstone, near the former Bridgeway it turns steeply down among the trees to the lake (!!! sit off the bike and walk here). By Devil’s Lake it leaves the marking again and leads along a little road down to Špičák (S12) past the Devil’s Mill Farm and Boarding House to the main road.
From here it keeps leading with its own marking, it rises steeply uphill (back views) and step by step across a romantic meadow with a little cottage and a view of Gr. Arber, it rises to the Belveder way. On it to the left along the blue signage to the crossroads Hofmanky, from here to the right along the green signage via Zadní hájovna and Nový Brunst (S13) with a building, a former glass-making village with about 20 houses used to be here some time ago (a photo on the back side). In Gerlova Hutˇit crosses the main road, there is S14 in a new parking lot. From the parking lot along the green signage again toward Železná Ruda.
It comes to S15, about 200 m behind it turns right (to S16 sit off the bike and walk) and it descends an old road with its own parking again to the petrol station in Pamferova Huť (S16). !!!The trail crosses frequently used roads in Alžbětín, in Špičák and in Gerlova Huť. You have to go for about 500 m along the main road from the petrol station in Pamferova Huť to the turning to Engadin.
The leg along the road is not marked and it is possible to leave it alone behind the stopover 16 and from the stopover 15 along the green tourist signage to Železná Ruda or along the green to the Gradl Hotel and from here to the road to Klatovy. Cross the road in an aslant way to go along the signage over again to Engadin and across the slopes to Železná Ruda.
Length: 21 km, a middle hard trail
Špičák Saddle – Black Lake – White Gorge Waterfall – Stateček – Hamry – the Hamry Mountain Cottage – Špičák Saddle .
Note: from the Hamry Mountain Cottage possible 1km to the railway station Hojsova Stráž and back to Špičák by train.
Length: 33 km, a middle hard trail
We start the journey in Špičák – if we like challenges , we will climb up Špičák Saddle and further along the tarmac road to the peak of Pancíř. It is about 7 km of quite a steep rise. If we do not want to weak ourselves at the very beginning of our journey, we will let us take out to the peak of Pancíř by chairlift, with our bikes as well.
From Pancíř we go on along quite a comfortable road along the ridges via Můstek to Prenet. From the Šumava Mountain ridges we will descent into the Valley of the River Úhlava – via Zelená Lhota (Be careful on the crossroads with the 1st class road.) to the nearly vanisked village of Hamry. Whereas we admired a view of the ridges to the valley in the first part of our journey, now we admire an opossite view – from the valley to the ridges.
In Hamry we recommend to climb up the St. Mary’s Painful and to the ruins of the cemetery with the monument Common Way. The ruins of a demolished paper mill are worth our attention in Hamry (do not trespass on this estate, danger of injury). After passing the last little houses of Hamry, we climb up almost toward Špičák Saddle. We will connect to the road Klatovy – Železná Ruda and climb up to Špičák Saddle and go down to Špičák.
Note: from the Hamry Mountain Cottage it is possible to climb up 1 km to the railway station Hamry – Hojsova Stráž and come back to Špičák by train.
Along the green signage from Železná Ruda past the cemetery to Debrník, through Ferdinand’s Valley to the tourist border crossing (altogether 2.7 km). Cross the bridge and the border here and go on 2 more km to the fork. From here less than 2 km of a very nice walk along the navigation channel.
Altogether 30 km, a middle hard trail
Železná Ruda – Debrník – a water canal – former Hůrka – Laka Lake – former Hůrka – Ascherlack – Gerlova Huť – Nad Pošťákem – Železná Ruda
Length: 15 km, an easy difficulty
Ride out of Železná Ruda toward Špičák. Let yourselves take out there by chairlift that will pick your bike up, too, to the peak of Pancíř. From this place follow the red signage to the Tomandl Cross, where you can turn right along the yellow one onto the paved path towards Šmauzy. Go down here via Stará Hájenka to Nový Brunst and Gerlova Huť.
Continue shortly in the direction to Prášily and turn onto a bike track right away – along the so-called motorway you descend toward Debrník and from it then to Železná Ruda.
A dominant feature of the region is the mountain Velký Javor (Great Arber – the highest mountain in Šumava, with an elevation of 1,455.5 metres (4,775 ft.). Thanks to its height excellent downhill skiing is guaranteed. Two six-seater chairlifts or a six-seater cable car takes you on the 4 minute ride to the top. From diverging slopes of varying lengths and difficulty levels with spectacular views of Bavorský les (The Bavarian Forest) and Šumava. Trails located on the north side of the peak are 100% covered with snow and guarantee quality skiing until late spring.
The new FIS world cup racing downhill slope allows you skiing and carving. At the Bretterschachten and Scheibe centres 90 km of groomed cross country trails await you. The modern ski resort now offers everything skiers are likely to expect. You can feel like you are in the Alps less than 15 minutes from the hotel.
Ski rental is available at the Špičák ski resort, snowboards a children’s skis are of course also available.