Highest Czech mountain Snezka´s peak is in Poland

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12.02.2014 11:00

Vrchlabi - The highest Czech mountain Snezka in the Krkonose (Giant Mountains) is actually 1603.3 metres above sea level high and not only 1602 metres as stated in maps but its peak is on Polish territory, Radek Drahny has told CTK, citing a geodesist´s report.

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Pohled na Sněžku z Jantarové cesty, která vede od Luční boudy v Peci pod Sněžkou k polským hranicím. Kameníci zahájili 12. července její opravu. Cestu opraví takzvaným štětováním. Při něm se kameny do cesty pokládají na výšku. Jde o staletími prověřenou techniku stavby cesty, která je pak velmi odolná zátěži a povětrnostním vlivům. ČTK Mlejnková Alexandra

A technical report worked out by geodesist Vladimir Hlavsa shows that 1602 metres is the level of the trigonometrical point, a fixed surveying station, on Snezka but the real mountain peak is higher, Drahny, spokesman for the Krkonose National Park Administration (KRNAP), said.

"The highest peak of Snezka was put at 1603.30 metres above sea level by detailed measurements. This point is situated on Polish territory at St Laurent Chapel, some 3.5 metres away from the state border," Hlavsa said.

He informed the geodesic office about the finding that should be reflected in its data.

An employee of the geodesic office says the trigonometrical point or triangular station on Snezka is exactly 1602.02 metres high but it need not be the real peak of the mountain.

Besides, there are various stone formations on Snezka that may influence the measurements, he added.

"Nothing will change for us, geodesists, we have the 1602.02 metre triangular station," he told CTK.

Snezka dominates the eastern part of the Giant Mountains, situated in northeast Bohemia on the Czech-Polish border, and it offers a lovely panorama from the top.

A new cableway on Snezka, the construction of which has cost over 300 million crowns, is to be put in full operation soon. So far it runs only to an intermediate station.

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