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Surroundings of Malá Úpa and tips for trips

Mala Upa, highest located village in the Czech republic, offers wide variety of activity options for experienced sports enthusiasts, active "holiday-seekers", families with children, and also those just looking for tranquil relaxation in nature and exploring new magical surroundings of Czech republic. Regardless of season you will opt to visit us, be it in winter or summer, there is always plenty activities to do.

In winter, there are two ski resorts with many ski slopes - the longest one is 1,200 meters long. The whole area of Mala Upa is full of ski cross-country trails, headed by most popular one the Gaint mountains' The Highway with a total length of about 24 km. All trails are regularly maintained by machine.

During summer you can explore the trails on the bike or doing tracking. The easiest is the Fairy Tale trailwith tales from Marie Kubátova. It is primarily designed for families with children. For those more experienced, there is a mountian trail from chateau leading all the way to highest peak of Czech Republic - Snezka.

Cultural and social life in Mala Upa is growing rapidly each season and the village itself is very supportive to organize a huge amount of various events during the year: concerts, exhibitions, festivals, competitions (very popular are the races on historic sledges and skis or masquerade balls, etc.) Those who have not experienced will not believe it how fun this is. Just visit official websites of Mala Upa.

Malá Úpa

  • Skibus stop: 100 m
  • Bus stop: 100 m
  • Czech-Polish border crossing 2.2 km
  • maintained cross-country skiing trails: 50 m
  • Ski Resort Pomezní boudy: 2 km
  • Ski Resort U Kostela: 2.5 km

Eastern Giant Mountains

  • Bobsleigh track (Pec pod Sněžkou): 13 km
  • Cableway to Snežku: 14 km
  • Cableway to Cernou horu: 26 km
  • Adrspach Castle: 48 km
  • Ratibořice: 49 km
  • Golf (Mladé Buky): 20 km

Family friendly

  • Fairytale trail
  • Aquapark Jánské Lázně: 19 km
  • Aquapark (Kowary - PL) 16 km
  • Summer swimming pool Trutnov: 29 km
  • Horseback Riding (Svoboda nad Upou): 16 km
  • Safari Dvur Kralove: 48 km

What to look forward to in Mala Upa

Church of St. Peter and Paul in Mala Upa

The dominant and symbol of Mala Upa is the Church of St. Peter and Paul. The church was built at the end of the 18th century by the Emperor Joseph II, accompanied by the famous General Laudon. In its time the church was the highest church in Bohemia (975 m.a.s.l.). In winter, the church is closed to the public, but during the summer it holds regular masses.

Hire a scooters or electric bikes

Scooters and electric mountain bikes have become a hit of recent seasons. Especially in summer on electric bikes you can explore the incredibly large radius of Giant Mountains' beautiful nature.

Brewery Trautenberk

When you are in Mala Upa, you should not forget to visit one of the youngest microbreweries in the Giant Mountains Trautenberk, founded in 2015. You can taste a wide range of different types of beers.

Ski resorts

Mala Upa has two main ski resorts Pomezky and U Kostela and several other independent ski lifts on smaller slopes. Visitors can use 12 ski slopes, the longest one is 1200 meters long and their elevation is over 200 meters.

For families with children

Fairytale trail

This unique project, established 2008, guides tourists of all age across Malá Upa by the footsteps of Marie Kubátová's work. The Czech famous writer and playwright who collected and wrote fairy tales of Giant Mountains.

Fairytale trail measures 17 km in total and includes 10 themed stops with a short fairytale. Each stop also contains a secret symbol and after collecting all the symbols you will be rewarded a unique badge at the end. All trails are interpreted in several languages Czech, English, German and Polish. More information at Mala Upa Information Center.

ZOO Safari Dvůr Králove

Safari in Dvur Kralove is recognized as one of the most significant Safaris in EU and at the same time it is the home for highest variety of animal specimen across all ZOOs in Czech republic. Ideal destination for a family day trip just 45 minutes by car from the cottage Carmen (about 48 km).

Aquaparks Janske Lazne (CZ) a Karpacz (PL)

Just 20 minutes (19 km) by car from cottage you can find a beautiful aquapark Janske Lazne with a range of healing treatments for perfect relaxation and regeneration. Opposite direction approx. 28 minutes from the cottage, in Poland, is another aquapark and SPA Karpacz surrounded by the Giant Mountains nature.

Discover the Giant Mountains

Snezka (1603 m. n. m.)

Snezka is the highest mountain in the Czech Republic. The summit can be reached by cable car from Pec pod Snezkou or or by walk. For braver turists there is a path dicetly from the cottage Carmen - a beautiful two-hour walk is long 5.5 km + way back ... :).

Bob-sleigh track in Pec pod Snezkou

One of the most popular attractions is the 900-meter long bob-sleigh track in Pec pod Sněžkou. Riders of the two-seats wheels sleigh can reach speed of up to 40km/h. Children 8 years old and older are allowed to ride unaccompanied by parents and children under 3 years of age can ride with parents free of charge.

Cerna hora peat bog

Cerna hora peat bog is a nature reserve, which is almost untouched by human. On the wooden walkways you can walk a nature trail and see a lots of rare plants and animals. The total area of this unique ecosystem approx. 65 ha and the maximum depth point is 2.5 m.

Elbe spring and Pancava waterfall

Visiting one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Giant Mountains, the source of largest river of Czech republic - the river Elbe. Just under 30 minutes by walk from the Elbe spring you can see the magical Pančava Waterfall.

Adršpašsko-Teplicke rocks

A unique group of sandstone rocks consisting of 1700 rock towers, is spread on area over of 20 km 2 and at an altitude of 500 meters above sea level. You can see here also a numbers of rock lakes and waterfalls or you can even order boating on the largers lake in the middle of the rocks.