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#worldCzech Republic and Petrovy boudy in Krkonoše: modern architecture and mountain huts

02.02.2021

#worldCzech Republic and Petrovy boudy in Krkonoše: modern architecture and mountain huts

  • Venue: Špindlerův Mlýn

Mountain huts are a phenomenon of mountains: this applies to our Giant Mountains as well as to the Alps or the High Tatras. It is said that there were about thirty of them on the slopes and ridges of the Krkonoše Mountains before the Second World War, but over time many of them burned down or fell into disrepair. They are built of wood, so their curse is usually a fire, especially in recent years, intentionally: in the summer of 1948, Liščí bouda was reduced to ashes, in November 1965 Labská bouda, in the summer of 2011 the fire destroyed Petrovy bouda. That year they were exactly two hundred years old: it is said that at the end of the 18th century there was already a summer shelter for shepherds to spend the night, and in 1811 Johann Pittermann built a simple mountain hut here. He offered passers-by homemade bread, milk and cheese, as well as modest accommodation.

Petrova bouda: the most modern in the Giant Mountains
If there are no snowdrifts on the winding road, you are from Špindlerův Mlýn near Petrova bouda in less than a quarter of an hour. It stands at an altitude of 1,288 meters near the Czech-Polish border and was used to holidaymakers: at the time of the greatest expansion, up to 50 employees worked here and the hut even had its own band. After 1948 it served as a trade union convalescent home, in 1992 it became a cultural monument. After Petrovka was destroyed to the ground by a fire, it was renovated by Snowy Chalet within a few years. It looks perfect: from the outside, it seems as if nothing has changed since the beginning of the 20th century, but inside it is completely new and equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

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If you ever get inside, you can talk about luck and chance. The owner Vladimír Kovář, the head of the software company Unicorn (in the ranking of the richest Czechs according to Forbes magazine in 64th place), who invested 180 million in the repairs of Petrova bouda, built facilities here mainly for employees and co-workers of the Unicorn holding. The restaurant and wellness are to serve exclusively to guests staying in apartments, for ordinary tourists there is only a dormitory for sleeping in their own sleeping rooms and a shelter, heated shelter from bad weather.

 

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