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Wooden path in the sky | by Gregor  Samsa
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Wooden path in the sky

The Bohemian Forest, also known in Czech as Šumava (pronounced [ˈʃʊmava] ( listen)), is a low mountain range in Central Europe. Geographically, the mountains extend from South Bohemia in the Czech Republic to Austria and Bavaria in Germany. They create a natural border between the Czech Republic on one side and Germany and Austria on the other.


For political reasons, the Bohemian and German sides have different names: in Czech, the Bohemian side is called Šumava and the Bavarian side Zadní Bavorský les (English: rear Bavarian Forest), while in German, the Bohemian side is called Böhmerwald (English: Bohemian Forest), and the Bavarian side Bayerischer Wald (English: Bavarian Forest).


The Bohemian Forest comprises heavily forested mountains with average heights of 800–1,400 metres. The highest peak is Großer Arber (1,456 m) on the Bavarian side; the highest peak on the Bohemian and Austrian side is Plechý (Plöckenstein) (1,378 m). The range is one of the oldest in Europe, and its mountains are eroded into round forms with few rocky parts. Typical for the Bohemian Forest are plateaux at about 1,000–1,200 m with relatively harsh climates and many peat bogs.






"Stezka korunami stromů Lipno" is a wooden-constructed path located on the top of Kramolín hill close to the Lipno water dam.


Its final sections are higher than the Kramolín forest and offer visitors wonderful views of surrounding Šumava landscape.

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Taken on September 8, 2012