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Králický Sněžník (Czech: [ˈkraːlɪtskiː ˈsɲɛʒɲiːk]) or Śnieżnik Kłodzki (Polish: [ˈɕɲeʐɲik]) is a mountain in Eastern Bohemia, located on the border between the Czech Republic and Poland. The name Sněžník or Śnieżnik derives from the word for "snow"; the mountain has snow cover for up to eight months a year. In Czech the adjective Králický (from the nearby town of Králíky) is added to distinguish it from the mountain called Děčínský Sněžník (near the town of Děčín). An alternative Polish name is Śnieżnik Kłodzki, from the town of Kłodzko. In German the mountain is known as Glatzer Schneeberg (from Glatz, the German name for Kłodzko), Grulicher Schneeberg (from Gruhlich, the German name for Králíky), or Spieglitzer Schneeberg (from Spieglitz, which is now part of Staré Město).

Králický Sněžník
Śnieżnik Kłodzki
Southern view of the mountain
Highest point
Elevation1,424 m (4,672 ft)
Coordinates50°12′25″N 16°50′56″E / 50.20694°N 16.84889°E / 50.20694; 16.84889Coordinates: 50°12′25″N 16°50′56″E / 50.20694°N 16.84889°E / 50.20694; 16.84889
Králický Sněžník is located in Czech Republic
Králický Sněžník
Králický Sněžník
Location in Czech Republic, on the border with Poland
LocationCzech RepublicPoland border
Parent rangeŚnieżnik Mountains
Topo mapSneznik2.png

The mountain is the highest peak of the Śnieżnik massif (called Králický Sněžník in Czech, Masyw Śnieżnika in Polish, Glatzer Schneegebirge in German). It lies between the town Králíky and the Kłodzko Gap that separates it from the Golden Mountains.

The massive was formed during the Tertiary. Sněžník lies on the water divide for the Black Sea (the Morava) and the Baltic Sea (the Nysa Kłodzka). Klepáč, the water divide for the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the North Sea (the Lipkovský Stream) lies 7 km (4 mi) south of Sněžník.

Between 1899 and 1973 a stone view-tower stood on the Silesian side of the mountain top. A statue of a young elephant was put in place of a former chalet.

On the Czech side a state protected natural reservation (Národní přírodní rezervace Králický Sněžník ) was established in 1990.[1] On the Polish side is the protected area of Śnieżnik Landscape Park.

The mountain and neighbouring areas are equipped for ski recreation.



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