Last modified: 2004-04-29 by jarig bakker
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one can read about its history:
"The town of Pec pod Sněžkou is one of the most well-known and most frequented mountain resorts in the Czech Republic, with year-round use. It lies in the valley of the river Úpa and the brooks Zelený and Lucní, set in resplendent natural surroundings amid the peaks Cerná hora (Black Mountain - 1 299m), Jelení vrch (Stag Peak - 1 024 m), Lišcí hora (Fox Mountain - 1 363 m), Studnicní hora (1 553 m), and Snežka. Snežka (Snow Mountain), on the border with Poland, is at 1 602 m the highest peak in the Czech Republic.
Included in Pec pod Sněžkou are the neighbouring village of Velká Úpa, as well as many mountain settlements and a wilderness area reaching high onto the ridges. The all area of the town Pec pod Snežkou is situated in the Krkonoše (The Giant Mountains) National Park.
The name of the town comes from the building of ovens (pece) for the melting of iron, arsenic and copper ores, which were mined in Obrí dul (Giant's Mine) from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Pec pod Sněžkou became a popular tourist centre after World War I, and the original mining camp was gradually changed into a hub of tourist activity. The construction of two segments of the chair-lift Pec - Ružová hora - Sněžka in 1948-50, and the following construction of a system of ski-lifts and downhill skiing runs, were landmarks in the further development of the town."
Jarig Bakker, 30 Dec 2003