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Masaryk´s Cottage - Šerlich

  • 27th September 1925 - openning of the cottage
  • 8th September 1935 - unveiling the bust of the first Czech President Tomas Garyque Masaryk

Šerlich, which is located on the main ridge of the Eagle Mountains, 4 kms from Deštné, is the tourist destination of almost all visitors of the Eagle Mountains. Amazing view of the mountains attracts to visit Masaryk´s Cottage located on Šerlich. Hardly anyone knows that it was decided to build this tourist cottage already on the 8th May 1919 by KČST ( Czech Tourists Association) in Hradec Králové. Building material was prepared in nearby Šerlich Mill - wood and shingle - and transported by horse drawns. On the 14thSeptember 1924 a metal box containing the commemorative sheets of each division of the Czech Tourists Association was inserted into the basis of the building. The cottage was open to public on the 27th September 1925. The cottage was built on the ground bought from Opočno Manor. The very first leaseholder was Ladislav Tekecký.

 

Hiking trails - direction to Velká Deštná

Šerlich - Velká Deštná - Šerlich

From Masaryk´s Cottage following the red trail to the crossroads at parking you continue following the red trail around Malá Deštná to the Rescue Rangers log hut ( a place where it is possible to shelter, a simple refreshment is sold here at weekends and holidays) and following the green trail after about 200metres you reach the top of the mountain Velká Deštná (1115 metres - the highest mountain of the Eagle Mountains). 6 metres high observation tower,called Štefanova vyhlídka (named after local gamekeeper Štefan Matějík in whos hounting ground was the observation tower located at the time of its building),can be found there and there is great panoramic view from Jeseníky Mountains to Krkonoše Mountains under good weather conditions. Back to Masaryk´s Cottage follow the same trail. (about 8kms and elevation of 150 metres)

Šerlich – V. Deštná – Koruna – Pod Homolí – V.Deštná – Šerlich

Following the red trail to the Rescue Rangers log hut - the same as "A". Possibly stopping at the top -observation tower- we follow the red tourist trail to Sedlo pod Jelenkou (Sedlo means mountain pass in Czech) and on and between Jelenka and Koruna we turn right on the broad unlabeled trail (the first turnoff after Sedlo pod Jelenkou), after about 150 metres we reach another broad unmarked trail, we turn left and climb to the top of Koruna mountain (1100metres - the second highest mountain of the Eagle Mountains) first and then following trail called "bunkrovka" ( light bunkers and fortifications from the thirties can be seen all around) we go down to the valley. Magical views of the Eagle Mountains and Bystřice Mountains ridge and Králický Sněžník can be seen there. Following the blue trail in the road valley we turn left and we stop at the signpost after some 100 metres, the place is called Sedlo pod Homolí or "U matky Boží" (means At Mother of God) for there used to be beautiful folk sculpture Pieta placed since the seventies in the Museum of the Eagle Mountains in Rychnov nad Kněžnou. We turn back following the red trail across Velká Deštná to Šerlich. About 1 km from Sedlo pod Homolí we pass "Valinův pramen" (Valin´s spring), named after Dr. Valin who was a chief road construction manager of the ridge roads of the Eagle Mountains. (about 17 kms, elevation of 350 metres)

 

Hiking trails - direction to Vrchmezí

Šerlich – Bukačka – Vrchmezí – Polomské sedlo – Černý kříž – Šerlišský mlýn – Šerlich

From Masaryk´s Cottage following the red trail over the top of Šerlich Mountain to the National Reservation Bukačka. Though we might be attracted by magical beeches in the forest more important are higher plants on the meadow at information board Naučná stezka (Nature Trail). About 250 species of higher plants grow here. Allgreen Lobel´s white hellebores about 1m high and vegetation of rhododendrons flowering dark red in July and August are the only protected ones that can be possibly seen from the trail. Following the red trail we reach the crossroads called "Polomské sedlo" (Polom´s Mountain Pass) and go on to the Polomský kopec where there used to be a wooden observation tower, so called Valin´s Observation Tower (Dr. Valin was a chief road construction manager of the ridge roads of the Eagle Mountains). After that we continue following the red trail to Vrchmezí with its panoramatic views, at the point where the red trail bends to village of Olešnice we must turn to unmarked trail and climb to Vrchmezí. Ruins of the first ridge cottage(1883 -1946) in the Eagle Mountains can be seen on Polish side of the border. Original owner of the cottage Heinrich Rübartsch was an important man of the Czech tourism history and beginnings of the skiing in the Eagle Mountains. Following the same unmarked path we get back to the red trail and Polomské sedlo. From Polomské sedlo we take the green trail to Sedloňovský vrch (reservation of native forest) until we reach the crossroads with the blue trail nearby Černý kříž. Under good weather conditions it worths to follow the green trail under the top of Kamenný vrch (Stone Mountain) where panoramatic view of the mountains around Deštné can be seen again. If turning back to the crossroads after about 50 metres we can see "Černý kříž" (Black Cross) built to commemorate Count Jeronymo Mansfeld, who was a well-known agricultural expert of the region. The quite same cross was built at Číhalka - now border crossing to Poland - but there are no evidences why it was done so. Following the blue trail we go down to hotel Šerlišský Mlýn (originally a shingle manufactory, rebuilt many times, last time in the sixties of the last century) and finally back to Šerlich. ( about 11 kms and elevation of 250 ms)

Šerlich – Bukačka – Polomské sedlo – Šerlišský mlýn – Šerlich

Less difficult green trail behind Polomské Sedlo (Polom´s Mountain Pass) along small river Bělá (unmarked trail at the beginning, after a while the blue trail joins) goes to Šerlišský Mlýn and following the blue trail we get back to Šerlich. (About 7 kms and elevation of 200 metres)

 

Hiking trails - direction to Poland

Šerlich – Zieleniec - Šerlich

After crossing the crossing border on Šerlich we go about 200 metres in the direction to Vrchmezí and at the first ski lift when leaving the border zone and going down to Zielenec we follow the blue trail which joins to the red one after a while. Both trails go to the crossroads between a boarding house Orlica and a church. Extensive description of the history of the village can be found in the church. We return back following the same trail. (About 8 kms and elevation of 200 metres)

Šerlich – Zieleniec – Torfowisko pod Zielencem – Zielenec - Šerlich

To Zielenec following the same trail as in A but from the crossroads in Zielenec we go down following the green trail to the valley of little river Dušnická Bystřice, after crossing the road we go up to Torfowisko (moorland) and the trail goes through moorland lagoons full of rare plants. We might possibly stop by the observation tower in the middle of the moorland. Then we go back to the road and then continue on the road and up-stream to the crossing where we turn right to the red trail in the direction to Zieleniec and on untill we reach the place where the blue trail turns to the forest and then back to Šerlich. We can go back to the chuch following the green trail as well. (both trails about 15 kms and elevation of 400 metres)

Šerlich – Zieleniec – Vrchmezí – Zieleniec – Šerlich

To Zielenec following the same trail as in A but from the tourist crossroads in Zielenec we go up to the road following the red and green trail untill we reach the place where green turns to the forest. Following the green we get on the top of Vrchmezí. Ruins of the first ridge cottage(1883 -1946) in the Eagle Mountains can be seen on Polish side of the border. Original owner of the cottage Heinrich Rübartsch was an important man of the Czech tourism history and beginnings of the skiing in the Eagle Mountains. We return back using the same trail. (about 15 kms and elevation of 450 metres)

Šerlich – Vrchmezí – hraniční přechod u Číhalky – Ostružník - Vrchmezí – Polomské sedlo – Bukačka – Šerlich

To Šerlich and Vrchmezí following the same trail as in C. From the top of Vrchmezí we go down following the green trail to the road where we join the red trail again and after about 500 metres we get to parking where there is wonderful view of the countryside. We continue on the red and green trails to the crossing border (used to be frequently used by the processions to Polish pilgrimage place Vambeřice). It is possible to turn to the yellow trail to Číhalka hotel and restaurant (1km) from the crossing border but to continue we turn left to south to the broad unmarked forest road on the Czech side of the border and go on under the top of Ostružník (don´t turn to forest paths on the left leading to the state border!) and to Vrchmezí, from Vrchmezí we go over the Polomský kopec, Polomské sedlo, Bukačka reservation back to Šerlich. (about 17kms and elevation of 500metres)

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