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A low-rise range strung across the Czech Republic’s remote northeast corner, its highest point Mount Praděd reaching a shade under 4,920 feet (1,500 m), the Jeseníky Mountains have emerged in recent decades as one of the country’s top winter sports centers. This has no doubt been helped by the fact that the area possesses the highest ski resort in the country (Praděd-Ovčárna), where natural snow is guaranteed at some point during the winter. In addition, there are at least thirty other ski centers active across the region, the biggest of which are Červenohorské sedlo and the Malá Morávka-Karlov resort. Away from the downhill action on the ...

A low-rise range strung across the Czech Republic’s remote northeast corner, its highest point Mount Praděd reaching a shade under 4,920 feet (1,500 m), the Jeseníky Mountains have emerged in recent decades as one of the country’s top winter sports centers. This has no doubt been helped by the fact that the area possesses the highest ski resort in the country (Praděd-Ovčárna), where natural snow is guaranteed at some point during the winter. In addition, there are at least thirty other ski centers active across the region, the biggest of which are Červenohorské sedlo and the Malá Morávka-Karlov resort. Away from the downhill action on the pistes, the Jeseníky are one of the Czechs’ favorite cross-country skiing destinations with a superb long-distance marked trail, the almost 37-mile (60 km) Jesenická magistrála, traversing the entire range and taking in some magnificent mountainscapes, awe-inspiring ridge views and deep evergreen forest along the way. Although snow fun is the main draw in these parts, come the cold months some attractions such as the impressive Dlouhé Stráně hydroelectric power station, the innovative Priessnitz Spa in the town of Jeseník and the hand-made paper factory in Velké Losiny remain open if slithering over the white stuff loses its appeal.

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Marc Di Duca has written and updated more than 40 guides, mainly for Lonely Planet but also for AA, Thomas Cook, Berlitz and Bradt. Having spent the last 20 years exploring the former communist world, his main field of expertise is Eastern Europe and Siberia.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: a mountain range of Eastern Sudetes in northern Moravia and Czech Silesia. It is the second highest mountain range in the Czech Republic.
  • Language: Czech and Slovak
  • Currency: Czech Koruna
  • Research: Czech Republic

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Late November to early April