Ing. Jaroslav Tachovský
Chair of the Coordination Committee
341 92 Kašperské Hory
Tel. : +420 602 680 178
Altitude: 750 above sea level
Origins: founded in the 16th C
Number of inhabitants: 1622
Administrative area in hectares: 7979 ha
Settlements falling into the administrative area: Železná Ruda, Špičák, Hojsova Stráž, Alžbětín, Debrník, Pancíř
The first settlement was founded in the first half of the 16th century. At the end of the 19th century the town became more prominent thanks to the railway connection Pilsen - Bavaria featuring the longest tunnel in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Tourists started visiting this area more and more, but WWII put a stop to any further development. Tourism was revived again at the beginning of the 1960’s when a border crossing point was reopened. But the true tourist boom came post 1990 when the borders were opened. Železná Ruda became an important centre for tourism throughout the year.
The main feature of the town is undoubtedly the Church of St Mary the Helper from Hvězda built in the Baroque style by the Count Wolf Jindřich Nothaf of Wernbergu during 1729 –1732. One will notice the unusual hexagram layout of the Church and two cupolas with stars. The interior boasts one of the two copies of the picture of the Madonna with a Child by Lucas Cranach.
Other points of interests: St Anthony Chapel and St Barbara Chapel, Stations of the Cross with the St Anne Chapel, the Špičák railway tunnel (the longest tunnel in the CR being 1747 long), Manor House, Barabů cemetery, Prince Chapel, Memorial to Adolf Kašpar
The Šumava Museum, The Brewery Museum, The Museum of Historical Motorcycles and Puppets, The Fairy Tale Land, joint Czech –Bavarian Information Centre NP and Protected Areas in the Šumava in Alžbětín at the border crossing.
Information Tourist Centre – located in the Museum. The staff will provide you with all relevant information regarding tourism in the Železná Ruda area. Contact: tel./fax: 376 367 033, e-mail: email@example.com, www.sumava.net/itcruda
A new sound information board was installed in the centre of the town.
There are several tourist agencies in the town organising various trips around the CR, the Šumava Mountains and the Bavarian Forest: Šumava Tour, CK Vaca, CIK Retour.
The town also houses several restaurants, pizza places, cafés, bars, exchange offices, shopping centres, hairdressers´, beauticians, sun parlours, Casinos, betting office Fortuna, taxi service, garages, banks: Česká Spořitelna, ČSOB Banka, 2 cash machines, pharmacy, doctor’s, municipal authorities, police.
In terms of sporting facilities, the following is available: Indoor and outdoor swimming pools in the hotel, an open-air swimming baths, sports hall, gym, outdoor playground, climbing wall, tennis courts, fitness centre, squash (ricochet), bowling, go-karts, minigolf, 40m car racing track, sauna, massage parlour, rehabilitation centre, playgrounds, and several ski and bike hire places and skiing schools.
The most popular tourist destinations are as follows:Černé jezero (Black Lake), Čertovo jezero ( Devil´s Lake), Laka jezero (Laka Lake), Bílá Strž waterfalls, European watershed divide, cable cart to Pancíř, ridge walking Pancíř – Můstek – Prenet, Ostrý Peak, Gerlova Huť and Ferdinandovo údolí with border crossings for tourists and linking routes on the German side of the border. These destinations can be enjoyed on foot or on a bike. In summer an eco bus is in operation which will take you from Špičák to various places in the National Park. The bus also transports bikes.
In winter this area becomes a heaven for skiers. The area has 100 km of cross country skiing tracks; most of them are maintained mechanically twice a week. Further, there are 25 km of downhill skiing tracks to suit all abilities, 29 lifts with the capacity of 15 000 persons per hour. The skiing runs are regularly maintained and artificial snow is available if needed. There is a new 4 person chair-lift to the Špičák Peak 2,740 long offering breathtaking views of the Šumava panorama. The chair-lift from the village of Špičák to the Pancíř Peak is equally worth experiencing both for the views and the ski run. To name but a few other skiing complexes: Belvedér, Samoty, Nad Nádražím,…
If you are after a romantic, sporting or relaxing holiday, come to this part of the Šumava and enjoy the local area around Železná Ruda.