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Czantoria Wielka (pol)/ Velká Cantoryje (cz) is a mountain located on the borderline between Poland and Czech Republic- the borderline was established in 1920. It is the highest, the most prominient and the most characteristic mountain in Czantoria Massif.
The peak is one of the most popular among Polish and Czech hikers because of the chair lift from Polish side and the hut near the top in Czech Republic. Sometimes it is called „Beskidian Kasprowy” according to popularity of Kasprowy Wierch. The most important fact for tourists is wide panorama spreading from the Polana Stokłosica and from tower on the top. While the meadow offers only view at the Polish part of Beskidy, the tower serves 360 degrees panorama (from North clockwards):
- Silesian Upland
- Rownica Massif (884 m)
- Klimczok Massif (1119 m) with Magura (1095 m) and Trzy Kopce (1084 m)
- Skrzyczne (1257 m) Massif
- Barania Góra (1220 m) Massif and Babia Góra (1725 m) in the background
- Lipowska (1324 m), Romanka (1366 m) and Pilsko (1557 m)- the second highest peak in Beskidy Range
- whole ridge of Tatras
- Velky Choc (1611 m)
- Nizke Tatry
- Mala Fatra
- Moravian- Silesian Beskidy with Lysa Hora (1324 m)
Czantoria- 995 mThe peak is located in the main ridge of Silesian Beskidy (Beskid Śląski/ Slezske Beskydy). Built of „gadulskie” sandstones.
The main ridge from Czantoria:
Czantoria has also two shorter ridges:
Slopes of Czantoria are very steep for Beskidian standards, especially the eastern and western. The eastern slope rises over 630 meters above Ustroñ city.
Czantoria rises above two big valleys:
It means that all the rivers and streams which comes from eastern and northern slopes runs into Vistula river while all from the western side flows into Oder river (Odra)- the two biggest rivers in Poland: 1047 km and 854 km long respectively.
Slopes of Czantoria are covered with beech, spruce, fir and larch trees. On both sides (Polish and Czech) are Natural Reserves (Czantoria and Cantoria).
Ethymology of the name CzantoriaThis section was written by Gorzi
According the legends, during the Tatar invasion in the XIII century, on the top of this mountain, a hedquarter of Chingis Chan was located. A son of Chingis - Chan, who was besieging the Cieszyn castle, died in the swamp of Bobrówka. As a revenge, Chingis - Chan has slaughtered all habitants in the village located on the foothill and burned their bodies. Writers wrote down a name of this village as Ustrino, and name of this mountain as Czan-torium (Chan-torium).
According Lucjan Malinowski, in the Wrzecionowa Dolina Valley, here is a cave with sleeping knights. Those knights are awakening every year on St. John Day, and they are ready to fight for freedom, if it will be necessary. If it isn´t, they are getting asleep to the next St. John Day.
According Aleksander Bruckner a name of Czantoria is derived from Czartoryja, which means a mountain trenched by moles (czart=kret). A word czart means a flower Petasites hybridus, growing on Czantoria´s meadows, too. This plant has a magic power, and was used by shepherds.
Interpretitive trail Rytirska stezka (Trail of the knights). Newly opened interpretitive trail named after the Czantoria´s sleeping knights. This trail starts in Nydek village, it is 10 km long on the Czech side, and another 10 km on the Polish side. It has seven stops. The Polish part of this trail ends in the city of Ustroń.
Objects on CzantoriaThe infrasctructure of Czantoria is very big:
Info about the hut
The tower is opened whole week during the summer season. In spring and autumn it is closed on Mondays. In winter it’s opened only on weekends and clear days.
TAWO CZ s.r.o.
739 96 Nýdek 580
phone.: +420 / 558 335 313
fax: +420 / 558 335 313
Info (in Polish)
SkiingCzantoria offers great possibilities for skiers. It’s the biggest ski center in Ustroń.
The chair lift was biult in 1965-1967. Rebuilt in 2006.
The lower station is located in Ustroń Polana at 389 m, the upper on Polana Stokłosica at 851 m. Altitude difference: 462 m. Duration of the ride- 6 minutes.
Other ski lifts:
Faturka: 670 meters long.
Stokłosica: 198 meters long.
Solisko: 340 meters long (lights: possibility of night skiing).
Map of the ski trails
KOLEJ LINOWA "CZANTORIA" sp.z o.o.
ul. 3 Maja 130
Phone: +48 33 854 35 50,854 22 50
General info (in English
General info (in German)
More info about the chair lift (in Polish)
More info about the ski slopes (in Polish)
Routes overviewCzantoria is climbable from all sides.
Marked routes which leads to the top of Czantoria:
From Polish side:
From Czech side:- thanks to Gorzi for the info
Getting thereFrom Polish side:
The nearest airport is in Katowice.
Ustroñ is the nearest city- from there starts the majority od marked trails. Ustroñ is located about 80 km south from Katowice (road 941). Accesible by car, train and bus.
To get to Goleszów: while driving from Katowice in Ustroñ Gaje turn right (west) and after few kilometers reach Goleszów.
Buses in Ustroñ
From Czech Republic:
The nearest airport is in Ostrava- Mosnov.
Trinec is the biggest city located near Cantoryje. Accesible by car (road E75), train and bus.
To get to Nydek from Tinec south by road E75 or by train in direction of Jablunkov to Bystrice. From Bystrice turn left (north- east) to Nydek.
Trains and buses
Trains and buses (English)
Trains and buses (German)
Many places to sleep in Ustroñ. Hotels, rooms, camping.
Official site of Ustroń
Rooms are also avialable in the lower station of chair lift.
Phone: 0 507 106 665
In Czech Republic:
Trinec offers many hotels and other possibilities for night rest.
Official site of Trinec
Rooms are also available in Nydek.
You may also spent a night in Chata na Cantoryji- see Objects on Czantoria section.
Red tapeThere are no red tape
Exception: Natural reserves under the top.
Górskie Ochotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe- GOPR
Stacje Ratunkowe - Ustroń
In the upper station of the chair lift.
Emergency number in the mountains:
+48 601 100 300
GOPR (Beskidy) official site
GOPR (main) official site
In Czech Republic:
Ul. Ondřejnická 896
739 11 Frýdlant nad Ostravicí
Phone/fax: 558 677 393
597 431 700
597 431 701
Emergency number: 606 769 010
Horska Sluzba(Beskydy) official site
Horska Sluzba (main) official site
When to climbCzantoria is climbable all year round.
Weather forecast, webcam
Best time for hiking is summer season: June-September. In summer no special equipment is needed.
In winter conditions: casual equipment for hiking in winter. Expect a lot of snow.
MapsThere are many maps available in book-shops.
Map of Czech Republic (with zoom)
Map of Beskidy
LinksMore info about Czantoria:
Czantoria official site
Some links providing info about whole area: