Hradec Králové

Enjoy Hradec Králové Like We Do

Hradec Králové

Nowhere else in the Czech Republic will you find the streets as full of bicycles as in Hradec. When cycling around this wonderfully planned city at the [soutok] of the Elbe and Orlice rivers, every bend brings a new park, architectural gem or simply joie de vivre. And it's also not far to the Orlické Mountains or Janské Lázně in the Krkonoše Mountains.
Hradec Králové
Janské Lázně © Petr Toman
This picturesque spa town was built around the thermal [prameny] bubbling up at the foot of Černá hora, one of the peaks in the highest mountains of the Czech Republic, the Krkonoše. Most people go to the spa to relax, but there are so many things to do in Janské Lázně that there's something for everyone, seniors, families with children, rambunctious teenagers or dedicated athletes.
Spa life nestled in the Krkonoše Mountains
The richly decorated Art Nouveau colonnade in Janské Lázně is the centre of local life. When everything is blanketed in [sníh], cultural and social events are held inside the magnificent hall. But during the summer, events are held in the open air in front of the colonnade. But despite all the [zábava] we mustn't forget about the therapeutic procedures. Our thermal baths or bitter medicinal springwater from the Prameník Spring will get you ready for a trip to Sněžka.
Hradec Králové
Černá hora © Jan Horský
Hradec Králové
Pec pod Sněžkou © Zdzislaw Lesniak
Right from Janské Lázně you can take the [lanovka] to Černá hora, which is a nice place to have some coffee or [vývar], but more importantly is the ideal starting point for day trips in the Krkonoše. In the summer, we walk along a wooden boardwalk and are rewarded with a view of an ancient bog, and then of Mt. Sněžka. Then we usually head towards Pec pod Sněžkou, a popular mountain resort with an enchanting atmosphere at any time of year.
 
Hradec Králové
© Petr Mareš
Hradec Králové
© Petr Mareš
Wooden boardwalks through the treetops have been quite the rage here in recent years and since the scenery around Janské Lázně is stunning, we built one here too. The treetop trail among big trees over 150 years old up to the lookout tower, which affords a fantastic view of the surrounding [krajina]. And if you're too tired to walk back down, you can take the slide.
Every Czech knows that our highest mountain is 1,603 meters tall and is called Sněžka. But few can boast that they've hiked it, since you can take the chairlift up and then walk back down [pěšky]. And if you want to write somebody about your trip, you can send a letter from the highest [pošta] in the country – Poštovna.
Hradec Králové
Malá Úpa © Shutterstock
Hradec Králové
Malá Úpa © Shutterstock
The entire Krkonoše range is dotted with rustic cottages and chalets, where guests are always treated well regardless of whether arriving on foot, by bicycle or [běžky]. You can also explore Malá Úpa, a little village on the border reputed to once be home to smugglers. Perhaps for their benefit, a lovely little wooden Baroque church was built here where you can always ease your mind. They also brew excellent [pivo] here.
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