highest peak in Sudety

The highest peak in Sudety Mountains

There must be very few mountain peaks in Poland, which had future American Presidents writing poems about them. The stark beauty of Śnieżka must have made quite an impression on John Qunicy Adams, when he climbed it in 1800, as it does on the thousands of tourists, who reach the summit of the queen of Karkonosze Mountains after him.

A particularly impressive view of Karkonosze Mountains can be enjoyed from the terrace of the “flying saucers”, i.e. the peculiarly-shaped meteo observatory built there in 1970s, which became something of a symbol of Śnieżka. It also where you can stop for refreshments, as it houses a restaurant. The summit also has a chapel, which was erected in 1681 in honour of St Lawrence, the patron saint of mountain guides. A mass is celebrated there every year on the 10 August. As Śnieżka lies on the border, you can use this opportunity to visits Poland’s Southern neighbours. The Czech side of the summit has a chairlift which goes down to a town called Pec pod Sněžkou and, as a curiosity, the highest located post office in the Czech Republic.

As a symbol of Karkonosze Mountains and one of the most characteristic peaks in Poland, Śnieżka will be the highlight and a must-see for any trip around Silesia

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