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Hiking trail Divoky dul Praded

From Divoky dul up to Praded

21 km
Estimated time:
7,5 h
Elevation gain:
888 m
Highest peak:
1491 m. a. s. l.


Route type:
For strollers:

Kouty nad Desnou - Dlouhe strane (lower reservoir) - U Kamenne chaty - Divoky dul - Pod Pradedem - Praded - Svycarna - Kamzik - Petrovka - Pod Hrbety

Difficulty level

A very challenging route. Suitable for experienced hikers. It is not suitable for less experienced tourists.
5 / 5

Navigation to the parking lot

Park your car comfortably in the parking lot and go on a day trip to the mountains.


You can arrive at the beginning of the route by bus, at the Kouty nad Desnou - most (bridge) stop, or you can leave your car in the free parking lot. If the parking spaces are too busy, you can leave your car in the paid parking lot in Kouty nad Desnou and walk along the blue/green tourist route, about 2 kilometers.

Parking lot in Kouty nad Desnou - (most) bridge

Then follow the blue tourist sign, which will lead you along the road, along the Desna River, to the Dlouhe strane - Dolni nadrz (lower reservoir).
Road to Dlouhe strane - dolni nadrz (lower reservoir)

Behind the Dlouhe strane, at the U Kamenne chaty signpost, turn left towards Divoky dul.

It is a deeply cut gorge valley with natural obstacles and traverses, which has a steep climb, about 500 meters. The magical, but challenging, trail is complemented by beautiful rock formations, spruce forest and streams.

This is a really challenging terrain with a steep climb of 500 meters. Furthermore, with obstacles and, in many cases, with wet locations.
Divoky dul

After a steep and tiring climb, you will appear on the main road towards Praded, at the signpost Pod Pradedem. Here you will have only 30 minutes of gentle climbing, following the green tourist sign, to the highest mountain of the Hruby Jesenik.

Coming from Divoky dul

At Praded you can take a picture with Statue of Praded, or with the mystical spirit of the mountains, visit the lookout tower or restaurant. It is the highest peak of the mountain range and at the same time it is the fifth highest mountain in the Czech Republic.

Praded, the mythical spirit of the Hruby Jesenik Mountains

Praded, the righteous spirit of the local peaks, who rewards the good and punishes the evil deeds of all who go to the Hruby Jesenik Mountains. In the oldest depictions, Praded used to be a giant in a miner's blouse with a burner. It protected plants, animals and the wealth that was hidden in the bowels of the Jeseník underground.

The mythical spirit Praded also had power over people who harmed the living creatures of his realm. Such disturbers of the peace he cursed into the form of an abused animal. Since then, it has been said that many animals in the Jeseniky Mountains have a human soul.

Praded is the highest point in the Czech Republic

The upper plateau of Praded, or rather the television transmitter with a lookout tower, is the highest, albeit artificial, point in the Czech Republic, with a height of 1637.5 m above sea level.

Photo: Michal Cikryt
We recommend going around the transmitter from the other side as well. There is a lookout tower with a view of, for example, Vysoka hole (1465 m above sea level), Dlouhe strane (1354 m above sea level) or Medvedi hrbet (1261 m above sea level).

The path then continues back along the road, to the Praded signpost, where you will follow the red tourist sign, leading slightly downhill, towards Svycarna.

Why is the cottage called Svycarna (Swiss)?

Don't look for anything complicated about it. In short, once upon a time, the shepherd's hut was inhabited by a Swiss shepherd.

Tourist cottage Svycarna

The path continues along the green tourist sign to the Slate signpost, across the wooden walkway. Continue past the peak of Velky Jezernik (1309 m above sea level) and downhill, along a rocky path, to the Kamzik signpost.

From the Kamzik signpost, the route leads through Petrovka, Pod Hrbety and in the direction of Kouty nad Desnou to the parking lot. The route is a forest path and includes a 600-meter steep descent. There are several viewpoints to see here.


Difficulty level

A very challenging route. Suitable for experienced hikers. It is not suitable for less experienced tourists.
5 / 5

Navigation to the parking lot

Park your car comfortably in the parking lot and go on a day trip to the mountains.

Services on the route

Parking Lot
Parking 1) Kouty n/Desnou - bridge
Parking Lot
Parking 2) Kouty Ski Resort
3x Shelter
Dlouhe strane (lower reservoir)
National Natural Area
NNA Praded
Divoky dul
Divoky kamen
In the Divoky dul
Historical Landmark
Mountain Peak
Praded (1491 m. n. m.)
Statue of Praded
From Praded
The Fairy from Bila Opava
Praded Restaurant
Tourist Cottage
At the Svycarna
Bell Tower Svycarna
Svycarna Cottage
Mountain Peak
Velky Jezernik (1309 m. n. m.)
Prostor pro
Vaši reklamu
Máte v okolí Hrubého Jeseníku ubytování, restauraci nebo třeba firmu, a chtěli byste se dostat více do povědomí?

What not to forget?

Head out into the mountains with the appropriate gear and gear. Including plenty of water and food.
Do not enter places outside the approved tourist signs.
Don't go alone! We recommend going to the mountains at least in pairs.
Respect nature! Do not destroy it, do not make loud noises and do not leave garbage behind.
Save the phone number in case you'll be in an emergency situation.
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+420 1210
Don't forget to check the weather forecast before heading to the mountains.
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