Krkonoše National Park (Czech: Krkonošský národní park, often abbreviated as KRNAP) is a national park in the Liberec and Hradec Králové regions of the Czech Republic. It lies in the Krkonoše Mountains which is the highest range of the country. The park has also been listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site. It borders Karkonosze National Park in Poland. Krkonoše's highest mountain is Snow Mountain (Sněžka - 1602 m) which is also the highest mountain in the Czech republic.
The National Park management headquarters are located in the town of Vrchlabí, often called the Gateway to Krkonoše.
The closest major city is Prague and it only takes 2 1/2 - 3 hours with a car to reach the national park. You will be able to rent a car at the airport or in any major city. Public transport is possible but more difficult. It is recommended to go to the park by car as it is also easier to get around within the national park itself.
When to visit
There is something to do in every season here. You can go skiing during winter and you can go hiking and mountain biking during summer. Both summer and winter are popular months to visit the park and there will be plenty of visitors from the Czech Republic and from other neighbouring countries.
Map of Krkonoše National Park
Image gallery of Krkonoše National Park
Sights in Krkonoše National Park
Some national parks contain more than just natural wonders. This list shows you some of the sights that are located in the national park. This includes museums, cathedrals, bridges, dams and much more.
Visitor/Information centres in Krkonoše National Park
Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.
Hiking trails in Krkonoše National Park
Almost all national parks have some opportunities for hiking. You can see some of the more popular trails here. You should get local information for detailed information on all trails of the national park.
Mountains in Krkonoše National Park
This section will list some of the famous peaks in the national park. Be sure to do proper research before venturing on to the high peaks.
Wildlife in Krkonoše National Park
These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.
Mushroom hunting in Krkonoše National Park
All national parks in the Czech Republic uses the same system for specifying protected areas. You are not allowed to forage in the Zone 1 protected areas. You should therefore check the status of the forests before going mushroom hunting.
Mushroom hunting season
The season depends on the weather. The mushroom season usually starts during summer and continues into the fall. Once winter comes, the mushrooms usually disappear.
Camping rules in Krkonoše National Park
You should not camp inside the national park outside of the designated areas. There are plenty of camping areas and they are relatively cheap. There are also plenty of parking lots for autocampers or vans.