Nestled at the base of the Czech Republic’s highest mountain, Pec pod Sněžkou is a peaceful town near the country’s border with Poland. It was founded in the 16th century when the surrounding forests were being logged and is a popular hub for outdoor pursuits throughout the year.
Things to do in Pec pod Sněžkou
Stretch your legs on one of the hiking trails that lead to the summit of Sněžka, a 1,603-metre-high peak that marks the highest point in the Czech Republic. A cable car also links from Pec pod Sněžkou to the top, from where there are sweeping views across the Krkonoše mountains and neighbouring Poland.
Sněžka lies within the borders of Krkonoše National Park, a rugged landscape of alpine meadows, flat ridges and high mountains that have been designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Soak up the magnificent views across the Obří důl Valley from one of the park’s hiking trails and marvel at the Pančavský Waterfall as it plunges 250 metres in the Labský důl Valley.
In the winter months, Pec pod Sněžkou comes alive with skiers and snowboarders as home to one of the most-visited mountain resorts in the country. In addition to its downhill ski slopes, the Ski Resort Černá Hora-Pec features a 900-metre-long bobsleigh track, a snow tubing ice channel and a freestyle park. The ski resort comprises five different ski areas, ensuring there are runs and facilities for all ages and experience levels.
Getting around Pec pod Sněžkou
Pec pod Sněžkou is just over two hours’ drive from Prague and 2.5 hours from Václav Havel Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe and the Middle East. Buses travel to Pec pod Sněžkou while having your own vehicle gives you greater freedom to explore the region.