Suitable for hiking
Suitable for cross-country skiing
Suitable for bicycle
Suitable for wheelchair
Go cycling or cross-country skiing along the water to discover the Šumava landscape. The Schwarzenberg Navigation Canal was built on the Czech-Austrian-Bavarian tri-border some 220 years ago. The canal was built to float logs from the inaccessible Sumava forests to the Große Mühl River, where they then travelled along the Danube to the imperial capital and market of Vienna.
The nature trail leads from the car park at Jeleních Vrchy (by the lower portal) along the canal to Raškov nad Nová Pecí, where there is also parking for motorists.
It connects on its 9 km length many attractive parts of the technical work - from the tunnel with architecturally designed entrance portals, the connection of the Deer Slip coming out of the Deer Pond, the Rosenauer Chapel at the crossing with the Jezerní Brook flowing from the Plešný Lake, the Jezerní Slip, the aqueduct at Rossbach, which is also a viaduct over the Horse Creek flowing from the Říjiště watering tank, the "unforgettable" stone bench, several sluices and side culverts along the entire length of the sewer and, above all, the beautiful nature of Šumava with unforgettable sounds, smells and sensations for all sensory organs.
One of the remarkable sections of this historical technical monument is the Želnavský skid. It turns from the Schwarzenberg Canal at the border of the Šumava National Park in a place called Klápa and leads to the Vltava River. It is a special 3.5 kilometre long waterway that allows even whole tree trunks to be floated. It therefore has long straight sections and gentle curves. Foresters used this canal to transport logs to the Vltava and from there to Prague.