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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.
Czantoria- the tower on the top is visible
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):
Czantoria- 995 m
The peak is located in the main ridge of Silesian Beskidy
(Beskid Śląski/ Slezske Beskydy). Built of „gadulskie” sandstones.
Czantoria from Nydek
The main ridge from Czantoria:
south to summits of Soszów, Stożek (978 m) and then to Kubalonka Pass where Czantoria Massif ends and Pasmo Wiślańskie starts
north- west to Mala Czantoria (Small Czantoria- 866 m) and then Ostry (709 m) and Wrózna (571 m)
Czantoria has also two shorter ridges:
north- east where Polana Stoklosica is located
south- east- falls to Nydek
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:
valley of Vistula river (Wisla)
valley of Olse river (Olza)
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 Czantoria
The infrasctructure of Czantoria
is very big:
the hut near the top built in 1904- on the Czech side. Located at 950 m.
Info about the hut
lookout tower at the top built in 2002- on the Czech side. Located at the highest point of Czantoria (995 m) is 29 meters high. The highest accesible terace (fifth floor) is 21 meters above the ground (1016 meters above the sea level). To the top leads 118 steps.
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
TV transmitter on Polana Stokłosica- below the summit (Polish)
summer sledge track- on Polana Stokłosica. Built in 1997, 710 meters long.
Info (in Polish)
chair lift- upper station on Polana Stokłosica (more info below).
Czantoria 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).
easy: blue, number 2: 2600 meters long
medium: red, number 1, 1900 meters long.
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)
Czantoria is climbable from all sides.
Marked routes which leads to the top of Czantoria:
From Polish side:
from Goleszów via Tuł (PTTK hut) and Mała Czantoria by black marks: 3 hours 45 minutes up, 3 hours down
from Ustroń Centrum by yellow marks to Mała Czantoria and then follows the route #1: 2 hours up, 1,5 h down
from Ustroń Centrum by blue marks (trail named after Jan Galicz): 2,5 h up, 2 h down
from Ustroń Polana through Polana Stokłosica by red marks: 1 hour 45 minutes up, 1 hour 15 minutes down. This trail is used to reach the top from Polana Stokłosica- 20 minutes
from Stożek (978 m) by red marks- 3,5 hours
From Czech side:
- thanks to Gorzi
for the info
from Vendryne (Vendryne - Vendryne, Vapenka - Pod Malym Ostrym - Nydek, Gora - Chata Cantoryje - Cantoryje) by green marks and then red marks: 3 hours 15 minutes (10,3 km)
from Nydek by red marks- 80 minutes (4 km)
from Navsi (Navsi, yellow marks- Filipka - green marks- Hluchova, Kolibiska - Maly Stozek - blue marks - Velky Sosov - Beskydske sedlo - Velka Cantoryje)- 4,5 h (13,3 km)
Czantoria from Filipka
Getting thereFrom Polish side:
The nearest airport is in Katowice.
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.
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.
There 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 climb
Czantoria 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.
There 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: