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Jeseníky (Eastern Sudetes)

Jeseníky (Eastern Sudetes)

Jeseníky (Eastern Sudetes)

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Czech Republic/Poland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 50.06111°N / 17.23206°E

Object Title: Jeseníky (Eastern Sudetes)

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 4895 ft / 1492 m


Page By: Gorzi

Created/Edited: Apr 16, 2007 / Feb 16, 2013

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Jeseníky/Jesenická oblast/Východní Sudety
Sudety Wschodnie Ostsudeten (DE) Eastern Sudetes

The Jeseníky are a mountain group on the border of the Czech Republic (northern Moravia) and Poland. Their highest summit is Praděd at 1492 m. The Jeseníky can be divided into the following sub-groups (See here for a more sophisticated breakdown):
  • Hrubý (High) Jeseník - Praděd (1492 m)

  • Králický Sněžník - Králický Sněžník (1424 m)

  • Rychlebské hory (including what is called Góry Złote and Góry Bialskie within the Polish bit) - Smrk (1125 m)

  • Nízký Jeseník - Slunečná (798 m)
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online map

Below are listed several of the highest peaks in the Hrubý Jeseník .
  • Praděd (1492 m)
  • Looking to <a href= http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/486878/prad-283-d.html >Praděd</a>, on the way to <a href= http://www.mbpost.com/trail/267590/-er-k.html >Šerák</a>, in the Keprník massif.
  • Keprník (1423 m)
  • Králický Sněžník (1424 m) and Keprník (1423 m)
  • Vysoká Hole (1464 m)
  • Vysoká Hole and Petrovy kameny
  • Petrovy kameny (1438 m)
  • Petrovy kameny
  • Kamzičník (1419 m)
  • On the way to Kamzik
  • Velký Máj (1384 m)
  • Velký Máj (1385 m)
  • Velký Děd (1379 m)
  • Vozka (1377 m)
  • The rocky outcrops on the top Vozka, in the Keprník range
  • Malý Děd (1354 m)
  • Šerák (1350 m)
  • The big rocky outcrops of Obří skály on the north side of <a href= http://www.mbpost.com/trail/267590/-er-k.html >Šerák</a>, in the Keprník massif.
  • Mravenečník (1343 m)
  • Mravenečník (1343 m)
  • Vřesník (1342 m)
The massif of Praděd - Pradědská hornatina has an average height of 953 m and there are located the highest mountains in Moravia and Silesia: Praděd itself (1492 m), Vysoká hole (1464 m), and Petrovy kameny (1438 m). The ridge continues to the south with the summits of Kamzičník (1419 m), Velký Máj (1384 m), Jelení hřbet (1367 m), Břidličná hora (1358 m), Pecný (1344 m), and Pec (1311 m) to the saddle of Skřítek (860 m). To the north goes ridge through the Malý Děd (1355 m) to Červenohorské sedlo Saddle (1013 m).
Another important massifs are : the massif of Mravenečník - Velká Jezerná with a pumping power plant on the top of Dlouhé stráně (1350 m); Keprník - from Červenohorské sedlo to Šerák, which culminates in Keprník (1423 m). From Keprník goes another ridge to Vozka (1377 m). A little bit smaller group is the massif of Medvědská hornatina - with Medvědí vrch (1216 m), and Orlík (1204 m).

Králický Sněžník - second highest mountain group in this area - 1424 m. Part of this group is located in Poland. On the Czech side, there are two ridges: Sušina(1321 m) and Srázná (1074 m), on the west side goes a ridge to Malý Sněžník (1338 m) and ends with Klepý (1143 m). Králický Sněžník is one of the Czech highest mountains, third after Krkonoše and Hrubý Jeseník. There are no chalets in Králický Sněžník and no asphalt roads run through it. The mountain got its name, Sněžník (Snow-covered), from the fact that its peak remains covered in snow on an average of eight months a year. Although the larger part of these jagged highlands is situated in Poland (Masyw Snieżnika), the Czech side has plenty to offer visitors. Five massive peaks protrude from the top of Sněžník ’s rounded cupola (1424 m), featuring the dominant Malý Sněžník (1338 m), Sušiny (1321 m), Podbělky (1307 m) and Klepý (1143 m). On its southern side you will also find a European watershed – rivers that empty their waters into the Baltic (Kladská Nisa, Nysa Kłodzka), Black (Morava) and North (Tichá Orlice) Seas. Thanks to its height, the region of Králický Sněžník is also situated in the Alpine zone. The Lichtenstein chalet once stood in Králický Sněžník . In its place today you will find a baby-elephant statue that has become a symbol of these mountains over time. The source of the Morava River is situated slightly under the peak, not far from the baby-elephant, at a height of 1390 metres. 

Králický Sněžník from the surroundings of Javornik Sněžník from NE
Králický Sněžník  
Bohemia-Moravia Border Sušina-Podbĕlka Ridge

The third part of Jeseníky area is the Rychlebské hory, with highest point Smrk (1125 m). They join with Králický Sněžník in the Kladské sedlo Saddle (817 m), and with Hrubý Jeseník in Ramzovské sedlo Saddle (759 m).
Rychlebské hory  
Looking into the direction of the Hruby Jesenik Hrubý Jeseník as seen from Rychlebské hory

The eastern neighbour of Hrubý Jeseník is Nízký Jeseník , but this is different kind of mountains already.
Nízký Jeseník

Two rivers head here, the Tichá Orlice River that flows into Labe, and the longest Moravian river - Morava River.

Climate conditions in Jeseníky Mountains can be characterized as mild cold. The climate conditions and the mineral springs caused the creation of renowned health resort towns like the Jeseník with the Priessnitz Health Resort), Lipová-lázně, Karlova Studánka, and Velké Losiny.

Interesting Sights

Praděd (Great-grandfather, Altvater) is the highest mountain of Hrubý Jeseník and Moravia and the 4th highest in the Czech Republic. On the top of Praděd, there is a TV tower, 162 m high, and a top of this tower is the highest (although non-natural) point in the Czech Republic. This mountain is located on the historical Silesian-Moravian border.
First outlook-tower on the top, in a form of a gothic castle, was built in 1903-1912, and was 32.5 m high. This tower collapsed 2nd May 1959. Construction of present tower started in 1968. It was finished in 1983.
Massif of mountain Praděd is a nature preserve with characteristic plants. On its north-western slopes there are situated Tabulové skály Rocks.

TV tower on the top of Praděd  
Mr. Praded  
Old outlook tower  

Dlouhé stráně
The dam was built in 1996. The upper reservoir (1350 m; capacity 2.7 millions cubic meters) is connected with the power plant by two feeders (1547 and 1499 m long). The power plant is connected with the lower reservoir by two tubes with diameter 5.2 m (354 and 390 m long). The lower reservoir is located on the Divoká Desná River (capacity of 3.4 millions cubic meters) The power station is situated in the heart of the mountain. It has the biggest reverse water turbine in the Europe (325 MW), it is a power plant with the biggest gradient in the Czech Republic (510.7 m) and it is most powerfull in the Czech Republic (2 x 325 MW).
Dlouhé Stráně

Petrovy kameny (Peter´s Stones)
The bizarre rocks Petrovy kameny host within their unique subalpine plant communities neoendemic species.Three massive eroded gneiss rocks, 7 meters high, dominate the ridge from Praděd to the saddleback Skřítek. They were named Peter's Stones as a remembrance of a stormy night, when the rocks provided shelter to blacksmith Peter and his love, pursued by guards of her mean father - the keeper of the land. This is the place of legendary witches´ sabbaths.
Petrovy kameny

Red Tape - CHKO Jeseníky

Area of Jeseníky was in 1969 declared as Protection Landscape Area, which consists of Hrubý Jeseník, Hanušovická vrchovina and Zlatohorská vrchovina.
Area: 750 km2
Altitude: 339 - 1492 m
- 4 National Nature Reserves
- 18 Nature Reserves
- 6 Nature Monuments
+ National Nature Reserves Králický Sněžník, and National Nature Monuments Na Špičáku, Ptačí hora, Rešovské vodopády Waterfalls, Velký Roudný, Venušiny misky, Na Pomezí Cave, and Borový.

Hiking is allowed only along the marked routes.

Správa CHKO Jeseníky
Šumperská 93
790 01 Jeseník

Tel.: +420 584 458 659
Fax: +420 584 458 646
E-mail: jeseniky@nature.cz

National Nature Reserves

  • Praděd, 820-1492 m, 2031,40 ha; one of the biggest reserves in the Czech Republic arise from integration of six other National Nature Reserves: Petrovy kameny, Velká kotlina, Malá kotlina, summit of Praděd, Divoký důl, and Bílá Opava

  • Rašeliniště Skřítek, 800-890 m; 166.65 ha

  • Rejvíz, 734-794 m; 329.1395 ha; the largest Moravian peat bog. A nature trail leads through it, taking the tourist all the way to the large moss lake. The trail begins at the Rejvíz Pension.

  • Šerák-Keprník, 860-1423 m; 1174.44 ha; the oldest reserve on Moravia, declared in 1903

Rejvíz, at the peat bog lake

Nature reserves

  • Borek

  • Bučina pod Františkovou myslivnou

  • Filipovické louky

  • Františkov

  • Franz-Franz

  • Jelení bučina

  • Morgenland

  • Niva-Branné

  • Pasák

  • Pod Jelení studánkou

  • Pod Slunečnou strání

  • Pstruží potok

  • Rabštejn

  • Růžová

  • Skalní potok

  • Smrčina

  • Sněžná kotlina

  • Suchý vrch

  • Štola pod Jelení cestou

  • řumárník

  • U Slatinného potoka

  • Vysoký vodopád

  • Zadní Hutisko

Nature monuments

  • Chebzí

Getting there

Main cities in this area are:

  • Jeseník

  • Vrbno pod Pradědem

  • Karlova Studánka

  • Bruntál

  • Rýmařov

  • Šumperk

The closest airpoirt is in Mošnov.

Links for buses, and trains timetables:
In Czech
In English
In German

External Links

Beautiful pictures of Jeseníky

Info centres
Jeseník - Městské informační centrum
Masarykovo nám. 1/167, 790 27 Jeseník
tel.: 584 498 155
fax: 584 498 156
e-mail: mic@mujes.cz
Town website

Javorník - Informační středisko
Kulturní středisko, Nádraží 160, 790 70 Javorník
tel.: 584 440 276
e-mail: mksjavornik@jes.cz

Zlaté Hory - Inf. středisko Hornické muzeum
nám. Svobody č. 94, 793 76 Zlaté Hory
tel.: 584 425 329

Domašov - Informační středisko
Horský hotel ČHS, Červenohorské sedlo
790 85 Domašov
tel.: 583 295 101
fax: 583 295 106
e-mail: jurecek@post.cz

Žulová - informační středisko
Knihovna, Kostelní 1, 790 65 Žulová
tel.: 584 437 151

Mikulovice - informační středisko a místní knihovna
Hlavní 214, 790 84 Mikulovice
tel.: 584 429 381 e-mail: knihovna@mikulovice.cz

Ostružná - informační středisko
Obecní úřad Ostružná 788 25
tel.: 583 230 072
fax: 583 230 050

Lipová - informační středisko
Lipová-Lázně, prodejna galanterie Jas
tel.: 584 421 337

Vrbno pod Pradědem - Informační centrum
Jesenická, 793 25 Vrbno pod Pradědem
tel.: 554 751 585
e-mail: info@jeseniky-praded.cz

Karlova Studánka - Informační centrum
793 24 Karlova Studánka
tel.: 554 772 004
e-mail: info@jeseniky-praded.cz

Mountain Rescue Team
Horská služba
Dům HS, Červenohorské sedlo
Domašov 73
790 85 Domašov

tel./fax: 583 295 108
e-mail: hsjeseniky@horskasluzba.cz
Chief: Michal Klimeš
mobile: 606 722 352

Camping, huts

Mountain huts in Jeseníky

Main Routes

From Hvězda - there is a parking place (100 Kč per day), where you can park your car, or you can pay 360 Kč, and go by car directly to Ovčárna (1320 m); or you can go by bus (14 Kč, 6 km). From Ovčárna you follow red marked route to Pod Pradědem (1420 m), 35 min from Ovčárna. From the crossroad below the summit follow the blue marked route to the summit (1492 m), 65 min.

Dlouhé stráně
To the Pod Pradědem (1420 m) point, is the route the same as in previous description. From the crossroad follow the blue marked route to Divoký důl (1100 m), and finally to the lower reservoir of Dlouhé stráně (870 m). 3 1/4 h.

We start in Dolní Domašov (520 m). From there follow the green marked route along the Keprnický potok Stream, and to the place called Pod Točníkem (700 m). From there follow over Točník (1143 m) to Sedlo pod Vřesovkou Saddle (1210 m). From there follow yellow marked route to the rocks on the summit of Vozka (1350 m), and further along the green marked route to the summit of Vozka (1370 m). From the summit follow yellow marked route to Trojmezí (1316 m) and further along the red marked route to the summit of Keprník (1423 m). 3 h 20 min

The main ridge of Jeseníky
Jeseník (460 m) - yellow marked route - Lipová (480 m) - Javořík (700 m) - Pod Strmým (800 m) - blue marked route - Pod Šerákem (1270 m) - yellow marked route - Šerák (1351 m) - blue marked route - Pod Keprníkem (1280 m) - red marked route - Keprník (1423 m) - Trojmezí (1316 m) - Vozka (1370 m) - yellow marked route - Vozka, rocks (1350 m) - green marked route - Sedlo pod Vřesovkou (1210 m) - red marked route - Vřesová studánka (1250 m) - Bílý sloup (1190 m) - Červenohorské sedlo (1020 m) - Klínovec (1100 m) - Malý Jezerník (1200 m) - Slatě (1299 m) - Švýcárna (1320 m) - Praděd, crossroad (1420 m) - blue marked route - Praděd (1492 m) - Praděd, crossroad (1420 m) - red marked route - Pod Pradědem - Barborka, hut (1320 m) - Ovčárna (1320 m) - Nad Ovčárnou (1380 m) - Vysoká hole (1460 m) - Kamzičník (1419 m) - Nad Malým kotlem (1335 m) - green marked route - Jelení studánka (1311 m) - Pecný (1334 m) - Pod Ztracenými kameny (1100 m) - Nad Skřítkem (890 m) - red marked route - Skřítek (860 m) - blue marked route - Klepačov (705 m) - Svobodín (740 m) - red marked route - Pod Smrčinou (630 m) - Údolí Merty (450 m). Length : 57 km, 19 hours

Králický Sněžník
Staré Město pod Sněžníkem (540 m) - blue marked route - Stříbrnice (637 m) - yellow marked route - Návrší (900 m) - Nad Adéliným pramenem (1050 m) - red marked route - Stříbrnická, Saddle (1210 m) - Pramen Moravy (1390 m) - Králický Sněžník (1424 m), 10 km, 3 hours

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Voted 10/10

Yatsek, I know that the Czech definition (that you contested) of the Jeseniky encapsulates Snieznik, but could you please detach Borowkowa and Zloty Jar ? :)

Posted Feb 7, 2012 9:15 am
yatsekRe: p.s:


Voted 8/10

Thanks for your remark. I've sorted the problem out by adding the Polish/English name and Peter's flags (which has become the normal way now:))
Posted Feb 7, 2012 6:35 pm
visentinRe: p.s:


Voted 10/10

Hmm, controversial geography a bit :)

One day I need to write real area pages instead of each albums I made in the Sudetes, as soon as Gory Zlote become an area I want to see "Jeseniky/Jesioniki" ;)
Posted Feb 8, 2012 3:00 am
GorziRe: p.s:


Hasn't voted

Thank you guys, I really appreciate that you are taking care of this page.
Posted Feb 8, 2012 8:57 am
visentinRe: p.s:


Voted 10/10

Gorzi, beware, perhaps Jatsek will rename one day your page "mountains of the world" ;)
Posted Feb 8, 2012 9:16 am
yatsekRe: p.s:


Voted 8/10

The Jeseniky is just a Czech name for the Eastern Sudetes (the author of this page is Czech). You are welcome to create pages for any of the sub-ranges but please don't marry the Hruby Jesenik to the Nizky Jesenik - that'd be another unhappy marriage :)
Posted Feb 8, 2012 12:39 pm
visentinRe: p.s:


Voted 10/10

OK, far as you don't merge in it the Carpathians :D
Posted Feb 9, 2012 2:46 am

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