Mountain town: Pec pod Sněžkou


Pec pod Snezkou itself, is a charming little town which still gives an air of it´s traditional past. This wonderful place offers just about everything you´d associate with the word "holiday": relaxation, sports activities and lots more! Lying between 800-1602m above sea level, Pec pod Snezkou enjoys being in the midsts of nature whilst still being in today´s world. As a result, it´s become a firm favourite among tourists keen to explore the area. It´s a great place to visit in both high summer and deep winter, yet still remains unspoilt.

Pec pod Snezkou...A great place to be!
Pec pod Snezkou has a great deal to offer. Being in such a location, both within the Czech Republic and Europe, Pec pod Snezkou offers relaxation, fun and adventure all year round. Whether it´s mountain biking or cross-country skiing, Pec pod Snezkou has something for everyone.

But first, a short history lesson...
The original inhabitants of Pec pod Snezkou appear to have miners working at Obri Dul. The earliest records going back to 1511. At this time copper ore and iron pyrites seem to have been mined. For almost 450 years, mining was the main industry in this area, with only a few breaks up until 1959.

Pec pod Snezkou as a community did not appear until the end of the 16th century. The town´s prominance came as a result of the timber industry springing up, to service the needs of the mining industry.

The timber industry soon attracted wood craftsmen from places such as Styrsko, Korutany and Tyrolia. Their skills and activities resulted in the appearance of wooden cottages and mountain settlements, complete with goats and cattle.

The expansion of toursim in the second part of the last century meant new resources and income. In the early days, simple and basic accomodation was offered. Most offering nothing more than a stay in a barn! Soon, buildings were being adapted especially for tourists. It was only a matter of time before pensions, hotels and holiday chalets established themselves. By 1948, a two-stage aerial cable system from Pec pod Snezkou to Ruzova Hora was built. This was soon followed by a system of downhill and cross-country ski tracks.