Krakonoš's pulpit

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The high plain is a mountain in Giant Mountains, situated on the Czech-Polish border on the Western Silesian Ridge between Vysoké Kolo and Violík, about 7 km NW from Špindlerův Mlýn. On the Polish side of the peak stands the Transmitter of the Snow Pit, probably the most interesting (and certainly the most noticeable) building on the ridges of the Giant Mountains.

The Czech peak of the High Plains (the highest point in the Czech territory) is located southwest of the transmitter building at 1490 m asl. According to the project criteria of the Thousands of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, this is the so-called secondary peak of Vysoké Kola, because the prominence of the Czech peak (elevation from the saddle with Vysoké Kolo) is less than 1497 m.

The high plain is accessible on the red-marked path of the Czech-Polish friendship or on the yellow-marked path from Labská bouda.

In the year 1837, ie in the early days Krkonošetourism, a booth with refreshments and a shelter for 2 people was built in these places, Krkonošebuilding designed exclusively for tourist purposes. After a year of 1858 built stone house with restaurant for 50 people already allowed overnight for 21 people. In the years 1896 – 97, on the initiative of the Schaffgotsch family, a multi-storey luxury mountain hotel Schneegrubenbaude was built with a lookout tower, with 44 double rooms and several dining rooms. During World War II the hotel became a holiday resort of the German Luftwaffe. After a year of 1945, the building began to be called Wawel, for its resemblance to Krakow's Royal Castle. In 1950, the Polish Tourist Club PTTK opened a buffet and only a few beds in the former hotel, which served until 1960, when a temporary TV transmitter was installed on the ruins of the walls of the former hotel to transmit a signal from the Olympic Games in Rome. The building was reconstructed in the years 1960-1964 and 1974-1978.

Snow pits (German Schneegruben, Polish Śnieżne Kotły) are huge glacial slopes on the northern and eastern slopes of the High Plains. The pit on the northern slope is called Small Snow Pit (Polish Mały Śnieżny Kocioł), 550 m long, 400 m wide and 300 m deep, on the eastern slope there is the Great Snow Pit (Polish Wielky Śnieżny Kocioł), 800 m long and 600 m wide 300 m high, at the bottom of which are glacial lakes Śnieżne Stawki. The snow pits are an excellent example of an alpine landscape, represented by a number of rare plants (eg snow saxifrage, saxifrage, etc.).

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