From the apartment house, it is a walk of approx. 4 km to the breached dam. The walk is also suitable
for strollers and bicycles. If it is difficult for your children, you can shorten the journey a little and drive
another 800 meters by car to the no-entry parking lot, from where you can only walk. The path from
Desná is lined with wooden sculptures – a total of twelve sculptures are meant to symbolize the Stations
of the Cross and the events associated with the bursting of the dam. The 1 km long Broken Dam
educational trail leads around the reservoir, which will introduce you to this historical event in detail at
6 stops. There are also historical photographs on the information boards.
There is a small snack bar at the broken dam, where they cook well, you will find a lot of blueberries
around and in the summer heat you can refresh yourself in the water (desná snow cascades), in the
winter time take a sled and a headlamp!
Černá Desná Waterfalls
Waterfalls are literally natural. There is a walking path from the apartment, or you can shorten the
journey by car, which you park in the parking lot behind the gas station (Mol) in Desná. Take a snack
with you, there is no stand along the way. The Černá Desná riverbed is full of typical rapids, cascades,
cauldrons and, above all, larger or smaller waterfalls, which the water current has modeled into
magnificent shapes. You will gradually pass the Plotnový waterfall, followed by the Dlouhý, Bukový and
finally Hrncový waterfalls. Černá Desná has a considerable slope in this section. The elevation gain on
the protected 100-meter section is about 600 meters.
We therefore do not recommend this excursion with children's strollers.
Marian stairs in Desná and Marian mountain
You will find the stairs to Marian Hill right behind the apartment house. First, one climbs the Mariánské
stairs, which are 356 stone steps, to the settlement of Albrechtice. A chapel awaits you there. It
continues past the Schiller stone to the Marian Mountain settlement. On Marián mountain, it is possible
to walk to the right and through the forest path to the Mariánské stairs. We do not recommend the
forest path for a stroller. Another possibility is to go for a walk from Marián mountain to the Marián
Bílá Desná waterfalls
Bílá Desná is a mountain river on which a tragic event happened in 1916, when a dam burst, now known
as a burst dam. However, there are also beautiful waterfalls on Bílá Desná. Although they are smaller
than the well-known and nearby waterfalls on Černá Desná, they are absolutely exceptional in terms of
their flow within the Czech Republic. The waterfalls are located right next to the Apartman's house
behind the parking lot and continue towards the broken dam. In the cascades there is an opportunity to
bathe or cool off.
Ski resort Detoa
it is a 15-minute uphill walk through the forest from the apartment house. At the entrance to the
Mariánské stairs, turn left towards the wooden cottage and continue along the forest path to the Detoa
ski area. The ski area is small and suitable especially for families with children, a wide slope on which
you can sled and ski, there is the possibility of a training course, refreshments – buffet, two lifts (poma)
and free parking. At the lift there are 3 ski jumps for children, there is a cross-country trail, also a
beautiful view of the ski jumps in Desna and a short distance away is another ski resort SVĚTLÝ VRCH.
Svetlý Vrch lookout tower
This lookout tower is 1.7 km away via an uphill walk through the forest from the apartment house, with
the possibility of walking with a pram or sled. At the entrance to Mariánské schody, turn left towards the
wooden cottage, continue along the forest path until you reach a crossroads with an information board,
where you turn right into the forest. After climbing a steep hill, there is a sign for a left turn Světlý vrch.
This observation tower was built in 2020, a spiral steel staircase, transparent, leads to the observation
platform at a height of 21 meters. You can look forward to a view of the Giant Mountains, Kumburk,
Bradlec, Lomnice nad Popelkou or Smržovka. it is better to take a snack with you, there is no possibility
of refreshments here. The observation tower is accessible all year round and free of charge.
Just a few meters from the apartment building there are ski jumps that can be used all year round.If
you're not a ski jumper, that's okay. You can arrange a test on the jumping trainersin Desna. More information on Phone +420 603 844 458.
Tanvaldský Špičák Lookout Tower and Stone Viewpoint on Tanvaldský Špičák
The lookout tower on the prominent Tanvaldský Špičák hill (831 m above sea level) was built in 1909 and
a year later it was added tourist lodge with restaurant.The observation tower is 18 meters high and the
viewing platform is at a height of 14 meters. You have to climb 69 steps to get to the view.the reward is
a wonderful circular view of the Jizera Mountains, Giant Mountains, Černá Studnica, Ještědský the ridge
and the towns spread out in the valley below the peak. The restaurant is directly below lookout tower
The central part of the Jizera Mountains is dominated by the massive massif of the Jizera, the second highest mountain. Lake Jizera is part of the Hejnické ridge and its summit crag, visible from afar, is
equipped with a modified lookout from which there is a majestic circular view. The top of the Jizera lies
in the middle of the Prales Jizera nature reserve, which protects precisely the remnants of the original
spruce trees. The ascent to the top of the Jizera will reward you with an interesting view. From the top,
you can see Spruce, Bukovec, Černá and Smědavská hora, the Souš dam or the peat bog of Klečové
meadows. If the weather is clear, you can see the peaks of the neighboring Krkonoše mountains, the
Ještěd mountains towering above Liberec, or even Trosky in the Bohemian Paradise.
The best way to get to the Jizera is on the western slope along the yellow-marked path that turns off
from the path connecting Knajpa with Smědava. Under one of the rocks you will also discover a small log
cabin with a covered terrace.
Parking is possible for a fee in the Smědava parking lot, refreshments: Smědava restaurant,
or we recommend having lunch at Chata na Souši, leave the stroller in the car, it is better to take a baby
carrier for smaller children.
Souš water reservoir
The Souš Reservoir (Souš Dam), built in 1911-1915 on the Černá Desná, is located above the town of
Desná in the Jizera Mountains. Souš is a dam reservoir with a loose dam on the Černá Desná River. The
dam is 6.8 km from the accommodation, the road is closed in winter, there is a cross-country trail
around the dam. In 1974, a water treatment plant was built here, and the reservoir now serves as a
drinking water reservoir for the towns of Jablonec and Tanvald. Swimming and fishing are therefore
prohibited here and the surroundings are strictly protected. The repaired Souš road leads around Souš,
along which passenger cars can reach Bílí Potok and Hejnice on the other side of the mountains via
Smědava, but only during the summer season from May to October.