Karkonosze

Karkonosze (Kar-ko-no-sha, Czech Krkonoše, Polish Karkonosze, German Riesengebirge) or Giant Mountains are part of the Sudeten Mountains in central Europe. They stretch from north-west to south-east and form the border between Poland and the Czech Republic. The highest mountain is Snezka (1602 metres above sea level - Sněžka in Czech, Śnieżka in Polish) situated on the Czech-Polish border. Huge areas of Krkonose Mountains are preserved as a national park. Krkonose are famous for its skiing resorts and are growing in importance as a local alternative to the Alps for tourism.

Important towns in Karkonosze are:

  • Karpacz in Poland
  • Szklarska Poręba in Poland
  • Špindlerův Mlın in the Czech Republic
  • Harrachov in the Czech Republic

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