Longing to fill your lungs with some fresh mountain air? Set your sights on visiting the Wysoki Kamień (Tall Stone) peak in the Western Sudetes mountains, near the Polish-Czech border.
The picturesque and mountainous terrain is also located close to the German border (just 30 kilometers or so away), making it possible to reach it quickly by car from cities such as Dresden (Germany), Prague (the Czech Republic) and Wrocław (Poland).
The Wysoki Kamień peak is 1,058 m above sea level and is neighbored by Szklarska Poręba, one of the most popular ski resorts in Western Poland.
The peak offers a panoramic view of Karkonosze, the Izerskie Mountains, the Kaczawskie Mountains and Rudawy Janowickie.
The red hiking trail, with the color signifying that it is classified as one of the country’s main and most characteristic trails, runs along the ridge of Wysoki Kamień.
In 1837, the Schaffgotsch family, who owned the area, built the Hochsteinbaude chalet at the peak. The tourist shelter was one of the first to be constructed in the Sudety Mountains.
In 1875, it was joined by a lookout tower, which over time became very popular with tourists. Today, visitors are provided with shelter and a stone tower which have been built by the current owners, the Gołub family.
Make sure you tie your hiking boots tightly and set out on the trails leading to the Wysoki Kamień peak if you want to experience the breathtaking panoramas that the Western Sudetes have to offer.