Hike to the castle

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Karkonosze
After breakfast, which was kinda early (8.30) ;) the whole group splited. Me and Gosia went for some hiking and visiting places, when the rest of the group was skiing. For my reasons i didnt want to go skiing (the possible 'shark attack';) - dont ask;)
Our first place to go was the medieval castle Chojnik (probably from 1364, but also possibly date of construction is 1241). To get to teh castle we had to enter the National Park Karkonosze and climb to the top of the mountain. It took only 1 hour - it was quite weird, in the shadow side it was a bit cold, snowy and brrr, but in the sun side of the mountain the temperatures of the operatin sun were that high, that we could rest a while on the rocks, with no coats and even no sweatshirts - almost a regular sun bath;).
the refuge
Then we continoued climbing and finally reached the top and the castle tower. The view was ubercool - looking to the north we could see the city of Jelenia Góra - waiting for the spring - and looking to the south we could see just the mountains and snow on the peaks - pur winter. Brrrrr!
We spent there some time and enjoyed the view from the tower. Unfortunately after having been burnt the castle wanst ever rebuilt. They keep it like a ruin and built there just a smal mountain hostel.
To get back to the car parked in town we took another route, in order not walking the same way back. The red route was much easier than the previous black one, which we were hinking up the mountain.

On the way back to Szklarska Poręba - we visited the waterfall 'Szklarka' - which i saw last time some 20 years ago.
Hostel at the castle
.. maybe even more, when i was on the camp in the Karkonosze Mountains. The hike was just like few minutes from the parking lot. This day was really an "unitedstatian-way-of-visiting-like" day and i mean here that we drove, made some hikes and drove to another place, visited, and drove again. In Poland we don't do that ... at least not me. We go more in one place, then spend the whole day on hikes, walking, sightseeing. But because we were there in winter, and the all-day-routes were closed because of avalanche-danger we had to stay in the lower parts of the mountain and see several smaller 'places' instead of one big trip. But it's ok. We enjoyed it.

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Karkonosze
Karkonosze
the refuge
the refuge
Hostel at the castle
Hostel at the castle
In the castle
In the castle
View from the guesthouse
View from the guesthouse
View from my room
View from my room
going down the valley
going down the valley
Map of the routes to teh castle
Map of the routes to teh castle
Start of the hike
Start of the hike
up the mountain
up the mountain
;)
;)
licking
licking
posing
posing
routes sign
routes sign
almost at the top
almost at the top
sun bath
sun bath
resting at the sunny place
resting at the sunny place
path
path
uff.. we made it
uff.. we made it
Chojnik inside
Chojnik inside
Jegs at Chojnik castle
Jegs at Chojnik castle
some gate inside
some gate inside
Gosia and the ancient plant growin…
Gosia and the ancient plant growi…
on the wall
on the wall
Gosia and the valley behind her
Gosia and the valley behind her
Karkonosze 2
Karkonosze 2
Sobieszów, Cieplice
Sobieszów, Cieplice
Piechowice
Piechowice
On the tower
On the tower
Mountains
Mountains
Hostel in the mountains
Hostel in the mountains
Me on the tower
Me on the tower
Szrenica
Szrenica
We two and the hills
We two and the hills
Śnieżne Kotły
Śnieżne Kotły
Szrenica again
Szrenica again
Śnieżka
Śnieżka
Sobieszów again
Sobieszów again
Jelenia Góra
Jelenia Góra
in the court of the castle
in the court of the castle
going down the mountain
going down the mountain
some rocks
some rocks
back to the village
back to the village
Sobieszów 2
Sobieszów 2
Sobieszów
Sobieszów
nice villas
nice villas
Villas in Sobieszów again
Villas in Sobieszów again
on the way to the waterfall
on the way to the waterfall
at the brigde
at the brigde
Spring is commin
Spring is commin'
Yeallow rocks... RJ, we have here …
Yeallow rocks... RJ, we have here…
Wodospad Szklarki - waterfall
Wodospad Szklarki - waterfall
postcard-pose
postcard-pose
guess the shape of the waterfall b…
guess the shape of the waterfall …
Gosia, dont turn away!
Gosia, don't turn away!
Szklarska Poreba
photo by: jegs76