Borówkowa Góra / Borůvková Hora

Borówkowa Góra / Borůvková Hora

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 50.39035°N / 16.90264°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 2953 ft / 900 m
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The tower on top of Borůvková HoraSummer
Borówkowa Góra outlook towerWinter

Czarna Góra and Śnieżnik from Borůvková HoraSummer
Czarna Góra and Śnieżnik from Borówkowa GóraWinter

Former outlook tower on  Heidelkoppe Old tower
Former hut  Schutzhaus - Heidelkoppe Old hut

"Blueberries mountain", as we could translate it, is the tallest of the small range that we call Rychlebské Hory in Czech and Góry Złote in Polish, on a border that curiously places the northern country on the southern hillside and vice-versa, inside one of the most remote corners of Czech republic.
Bílá Voda, located at the far end of this "peninsula" and owning the only religious convent in the country perfectly illustrates these strange geographic borders, like the village of Horní Hoštice/Gościce, cut in two...

Geographical considerations apart, Borówkowa Góra / Borůvková Hora (formerly "Heidelkoppe" bf WW2) is a fantastic viewpoint, on the fore-range of the Sudetes, that allows breathtaking views all around. One can see the main ridge of the Bardo and Owl mountains, stretching NW, as well as the eastern giants of the Jeseníky region in the south.

The summit reaches exactly 900m and despite a small meadow, is entirely covered by trees. But the 25m high outlook tower overcome this drawback and makes it a fine goal for all sorts of excursions, on foot, on a mountain bike, or by skis or snowshoes in winter. The tower replaces a former mountain hut called "Schutzhaus Heidelkoppe" that appeared in 1929 and lasted till the war. Prior to that existed other huts, and not less than three former outlook towers that all collapsed in 1882, 1900, and 1922 ! This historical touristic background inspired nowaday's brand new tower, built in 2006.
North panorama from Borůvková HoraPanorama

Outlook towers aren't the only historical background. Borówkowa Góra / Borůvková Hora rather evokes the strong Czech/Polish friendship, born during the communist era. Both Solidarity parties of each oppressed country started to hold secret meetings in this remote place from the middle of the eighties, following the establishing of the martial law in Poland. Vaclav Havel, recently deceased, used to be one of the most eminent members of these conspiracy meetings. Lech Wałęsa, despite hot having been physically present at this place, was a member of the polish organization. The neighboring localities of Lądek-Zdrój, Javornik, and their surrounding villages on the path to the mountain, were the theater of epic clandestine mail carrying expeditions across the forbidden border in mountains. Several informative signs on the top relate anecdotes from this period.

From the top of Borówkowa Góra outlook tower, looking WestWinter view

Getting There

Skiers from the top of Borówkowa Góra outlook towerOn skis
Borůvková Hora can be conquered not only on foot :)By bike
Trail sign on the polish side of Borůvková Hora (Borowkowa Gora)Polish marks
Trail sign to Borůvková HoraCzech marks
On top of the tower of Borůvková Hora
From the top of Borówkowa Góra outlook tower

Three cities form a triangle of communication axis around which are located all possible trailheads: Złoty Stok and Lądek-Zdrój in Poland, and Javorník. in Czech Republic.

While Złoty Stok is located at the top end of the range of Góry Złote, Lądek-Zdrój and Javorník are located on each hillside, but are linked by a road pass, Ladecké sedlo (CZ) / Przełęcz Lądecka (PL). This pass, not taken into consideration by Google Maps, is open since 2008 and the Schengen space.
Similarly, Bílá Voda is linked to Złoty Stok, as well as Horní Hoštice with Gościce, and a crowd of others nowadays open to cars that most maps still do not show. The only one to avoid is between Jasienica Górna and Horní Heřmanice, unless you own a land-rover...

Coming from Wrocław, it is not necessary to drive through Kłodzko. At the south end of Ząbkowice Śląskie (sharp turn at the petrol station), take the direction of Nysa and Złoty Stok, which leads you to a very scenic road that shows all the forehills of the Góry Złote. Scenic also is the adjective for the one that links Złoty Stok to Lądek-Zdrój, via mountain forests and a little pass. If going to Javorník, you cross beautiful green meadows overlooked by the mountains on the right.

The region is much more complicated to reach from central Czech Republic. When coming from Olomouc, take the road to Šumperk, Jesenik and Javorník. Otherwise, from Praha, many Czech people prefer crossing the Polish enclave of the Kłodzko valley via Náchod and reach Złoty Stok this way.

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Płonica church with Góry Złote in bckground (near Złoty Stok)Płonica church with Góry Złote in background


East trail to Borówkowa Góra, along the border
East trail to Borówkowa Góra, along the border
From the top of Borówkowa Góra outlook tower, looking West
From the top of Borówkowa Góra outlook tower, looking north

There are as many possible ways to reach the top than there are forestry tracks inside the network of the dense forests. We are going to describe only few of them, the most usual.

* From Złoty Stok, when heading into the gorge known as Złoty Jar (See album here), we progressively get out the forest and reach the summit by following the main ridge of the range on the green marked trail. A similar start can be done in Bílá Voda following the red trail on the Czech side of the border.

* From Lądek-Zdrój, the educative sign marked with a red and white bicolor square makes a very interesting loop, crossing a various landscape made of forests and meadows. We see on the way the picturesque settlement of Wrzosówka with its chapel, and cross a short but impressive rocky gorge.

* From Javorník and its renaissance castle one cannot miss, an interesting loop via the red trail that visits Vysoký Kámen (high rock) and the green trail for the return.

* But the easiest hike, ideal with young children, is certainly while starting from the pass Ladecké sedlo (CZ) / Przełęcz Lądecka (PL), 668m high, which places the top less than a hour of walk.


East trail to Borówkowa Góra, along the border
Borówkowa Góra outlook tower
Snowy shelter
Here used to meet Czechoslovak and Polish conspirators of the communist regime, including Vaclav Havel and Lech Wałęsa

* There are no mountain huts in this part of the Sudetes. The buildings near the outlook tower aren't for this purpose despite they can look like.

* Wildcamping : there is not evident restriction like that in the whole area, but try to avoid doing it on the meadow near the outlook tower.

* Lots of accomodations, from agrotouristic farms to hotels, in the areas of Złoty Stok, Lądek-Zdrój and Javorník.

Just look into google for a location name followed by one of the words as follows :

- Accomodation = Noclegi (PL), Ubytovanie (CZ)
- Hotel = Hotel/Hotel. "Hostels" often designate Youth hostels or motels.
- Green lodge = Agroturystyka (PL), Agroturistika (CZ)
- Guesthouse = Pokoje gościnne (PL), Penzión (CZ)
- Summer residence = Dom letniskowe (PL), Chalupa (CZ)
- Flat for rent = Kwatery (PL), Privat (CZ)
- Mountain hut = Schronisko (PL), Chata/Horsky Hotel (CZ)
- Tavern = Chata (PL) => not to mix with the Czech homonym
- Restoracja (PL), Restaurace (CZ)

Some examples :
- Green lodge in Lutynia
- Mountain hotel of Złoty Jar
- Guesthouse in Travná.

Złoty JarZłoty Jar hotel



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