Areas without forests with typical wooden timbered cottages create an unmistakable character of Krkonoše. Krkonoše's mountain chalets were built in the course of major colonization of Krkonoše in the 16th and the 17th century, when manor owners founded the chalets and then rented them to people called “budař”. These were breeding cows, goats, sheep, horses and manufactured cheese.
The best way, how to relish wandering to Krkonoše's chalets, is to take sturdy shoes on and start the tour for example at Vosecká bouda and follow the path with beautiful views to Martinova bouda, Špindlerova bouda and don't miss the best known – Luční bouda.
Rumour has it, that first skis were brought to Bohemia by count Jan Harrach in 1892 as an equipment for his wood workers, so they were able to move better in the snowy mountains. Skiing took a root and quickly spread itself. As a „cradle of Czech skiing“ is considered a town Jilemnice. The exhibiton “Beginnings of Czech Skiing in Jilemnice” sums up the development of our skiing till 1914. Ski Muzeum Harrachov offers a view at the development of skiing in Harrachov and local ski club. Take a look at skis (called „ski“ that time, nowadays in Czech „lyže“) more than a century old, but also equipment for ski jumping since the 50th.
Come and watch a unique skiing competition in the old way, or rides on traditional sledge called Rohačky to Zvědavá street in Jilemnice. Special competitions for lovers of traditions, in period costumes and on period skis are held in Vrchlabí, Vysoké nad Jizerou, Malá Úpa and Špindlerův Mlýn. Enjoy the tradition full of adrenaline rush and the best performances, whether they are contemporary or old.