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Karkonosze mountains / Great Mountains in Poland

The Karkonosze Mountains, also known as the Giant Mountains, are a mountain range located in southwestern Poland and northeastern Czech Republic. They are the highest range of the Sudetes mountain system, with the highest peak being Śnieżka at 1,603 meters (5,259 ft) above sea level.

The Karkonosze Mountains are a popular destination for hikers, skiers, and nature enthusiasts and ornitologists. The mountains are covered with dense forests, alpine meadows, and unique rock formations, providing a spectacular backdrop for outdoor activities. The range is also home to several species of rare plants and animals, including the endemic Karkonosze violet and black stork (an inspiration for Black Stork Hut name).

One of the most popular hiking trails in the Karkonosze Mountains is the Karkonosze Loop, a 36-kilometer (22-mile) trail that circles around the entire range. The trail takes hikers through some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the mountains, including the impressive Sněžka peak, the deep and mysterious Kocioł Łomniczki valley, and the picturesque Wodospad Podgórnej waterfall and Water Cascades called Kaskady Myi.

During the winter season, the Karkonosze Mountains transform into a winter wonderland, with over 100 kilometers (62 miles) of ski slopes, cross-country skiing trails, and snowshoeing routes. Also in Podgórzyn you can find routes which are highly reccomended for exploring.

In addition to its natural beauty and outdoor activities, the Karkonosze Mountains are also steeped in history and culture. The region has a rich folklore tradition, with stories of dwarves, witches, and other mythical creatures that are said to inhabit the mountains. The mountain range was also an important center of the mining industry, with silver and other minerals being extracted from the mountains for centuries. The Karkonosze Mountains are easily accessible from major cities in Poland and the Czech Republic. The nearest airport is in Wrocław, Poland, which is approximately 150 kilometers (93 miles) away. There are also regular train and bus connections to the towns of Karpacz and Szklarska Poręba.

In conclusion both, the Karkonosze Mountains and Podgórzyn (a small city where Black Stork Hut is located), are a breathtakingly beautiful destination that offers a range of outdoor activities, rich culture and history, and stunning natural scenery. Whether you're a hiker, skier, or just a nature enthusiast, the Karkonosze Mountains are a must-visit destination for anyone visiting Poland or the Czech Republic.

See you in Black Stork Hut!


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