The Jeseníky mountains offers hiking trails of various levels and lengths; you can opt for a one-day hike to the highest peaks or for easy walks in the foothills of Jeseníky. More able-bodied individuals surely appreciate crossing the Jeseníky Mountains along the Jeseníky Expressway.
Tourist sights and destinations near Suchá Rudná
Suchá Rudná (Dürrseifen), 680 metres above sea level, is a mountain village surrounded by forests, situated 6 km from the Karlova Studánka spa resort. It is an old miners' settlement on the east border of the Hrubý Jeseník mountain range. It was founded in the first half of the 16th century in the surroundings of the „Gold Deer“ mine. However, the settlement in the valley is much older. During the earthworks for local water pipes, in the center of a gorge called „Soft Vein“, the remains of a gold panning weir were discovered, featuring also charcoals from a fireplace old over 3000 years. In the village there is a wooden chapel of St. Trinity from 1720 with an octagonal gablet and a simple cupola. Not far away from Suchá Rudná there is a spring of chalybeate water. This strong spring is located in the forest, few hundred meters from a place called „u polesí“ („near the forest district“). This mineral water is similar to those in Karlova Studánka, but has a smaller content of carbon dioxide.
Anenský vrch (5km)
The hill of Anenský vrch (Annaberg), 860m above sea level, a part of Andělská Hora, dominates the village of Suchá Rudná in eastern direction. The pilgrimage church of St. Anna in Baroque style is situated on its summit. On the eastern slope of the hill there is a skiing piste. Anenský vrch offers a nice view of the surroundings – the panorama of the Jeseníky peaks with dominating Praděd, the cities of Bruntál and Vrbno pod Pradědem.
Andělská Hora (5km)
The smallest town of the Czech Republic, Andělská Hora (Engelsberg), was founded in 1540 as a mining town pursuant to the municipal law of Jihlava. According to oral tradition the first inhabitants were the miners from Suchá Rudná, from the „Gold Deer“ mine, who felt tight between twenty hammers and ore smelting houses of Suchá Rudná. Eduard Schön (E. S. Engelsberg), a composer, poet and ministry official, was a native of the town. The Municipal Mini Museum with historical items and documents is housed in the seat of the mayor. The most interesting sights include the early Baroque church of the Nativity of Virgin Mary from 1672 and the pilgrimage church of St. Anna on the top of Anenský vrch from 1769.
Karlova Studánka (6km)
Karlova Studánka (800m above sea level), the village in the highest altitude in the Bruntál district, lies to northwest from Suchá Rudná. It is situated in the valley of the mountain river Bílá Opava and extends to the nature reserve around Praděd. Karlova Studánka is a unique and modern spa resort in the middle of the charming nature of Jeseníky. In addition to spa facilities it is a well-known mountain resort. In present days it surely belongs to places with the best quality of air.
Bílá Opava nature trail (7km)
The nature trail leads across many bridges, stairs and benches on the bans of the Bílá Opava – the most beautiful mountain stream of Jeseníky. The Bílá Opava nature trail features several waterfalls, many cascades and rapids, rocks and romantic coves within a spruce forest accompanied with seven info boards giving the basic data about the nature in this unique reserve.
The Bílá Opava waterfalls (7km)
The valley of the Bílá Opava with its magnificent waterfalls belongs surely among the most beautiful and most romantic corners of the Jeseníky Mountains. The Bílá Opava waterfalls is in fact a name for the canyon of the Bílá Opava, a river springing on the southern side of Praděd, in the altitude of 1260 m. The highest waterfall is almost 8 m high. The route of the nature trail pursues the Bílá Opava waterfalls with signboards informing about local attractions. The route leads across many benches, bridges, ladders; sometimes it is necessary to cling to chains. It is possible to pass through when walking from Karlova Studánka to Ovčárna or to the Barborka chalet.
Ovčárna is the ski resort with the highest altitude in the Czech Republic – the landing for the ski lifts are situated 1.300 meters above sea level. Ovčárna lies on the crossroads of biking and hiking trails connecting the most significant places of the Jeseníky Mountains like Praděd, Petrovy kameny and Červenohorské sedlo. The nature trails of the Bílá Opava and Velká kotlina pass through. The skiing area of Praděd – Ovčárna spread there. Ovčárna is the last stop below Praděd which can be reached with a bus shuttle going from the car park in the Hvězda saddle above Karlova Studánka. Cars are restricted from the place.
Malá Morávka – Karlov pod Pradědem (11km)
The village of Malá Morávka and its part called Karlov pod Pradědem is one of the most significant and most frequented resorts of the Hrubý Jeseník mountain range. The village is situated in the altitude of 700 – 800 m. The Chapel of St. Trinity from 1690, today a museum, is situated on Kapličkový vrch (Chapel's Hill) above the village. Almost the whole village is located within the protected landscape area of Jeseníky.
Considering the institutional aspects, the city of Bruntál (Freudenthal) is probably the oldest town on the territory of the Czech Republic. A castle built in the second half of the 16th century on the place of the original municipal fortress from the end of the 15th century is the most outstanding sight not only in the city but in the whole region. The castle is a seat of the regional museum; there are museum expositions and exhibition halls and cultural and community events are held there. Gabriel's House, situated on the Bruntál square, is another significant monument.
The village of Ludvíkov is situated between Vrbno pod Pradědem and Karlova Studánka. The whole area is included in the protected landscape area of Jeseníky. The developed area of the village spreads in the mountain valley along the Bílá Opava river. The village of Ludvíkov began to be developed by building smelting works in a heavily forested valley around 1700.
Petrovy kameny (Peter's stones) – 12km
Petrovy kameny is a peak situated in the range of Hrubý Jeseník in the Praděd highlands. It dominates the main ridge going from Praděd to the Skřítek saddle and constitutes the adjacent summit of Vysoká hole. It is a nature reserve included in the National Nature Preserve.
Praděd (14 km)
Praděd (Altvater), 1492 m above sea level, is the highest mountain of Moravia and Silesia. With its grandeur it is the symbol of the Jeseníky Mountains and the whole region. It has been a favourite tourist destination since the second half of the 19th century. In 1912 a view tower was built on its top, however it was removed in 1959. After 1970, a 145m-high TV tower was erected on the spot, featuring a transmitter, view terrace in the level of 40m above ground and a restaurant. If the visual conditions are good you can see the Beskids, the Krkonoše Range, Polish planes and High Tatras from the view terrace.
Vrbno pod Pradědem (15km)
Vrbno pod Pradědem lies at the junction of the Bílá Opava, Střední Opava and Černá Opava rivers, in the foothills of the highest Moravian mountains – Jeseníky. The city is sought by the visitors especially for leisure time activities related to untouched nature and healthy environment. In Vrbno there are many historical sights and places of interest, for example a chateau, a parish church, crosses, chapels and ruins of castles in the surroundings.
Bělá pod Pradědem (23km)
Bělá pod Pradědem spreads between Jeseník and Červenohorské sedlo. With its 1760 inhabitants, the settlement of Bělá pod Pradědem is the largest one in the Jeseník region. The village lies southwards from the city of Jeseník, in a valley formed by the Bělá river and the peaks of the Hrubý Jeseník range. Bělá pod Pradědem is a holiday resort in the foothills; nearby there is the ski resort of Červenohorské sedlo. The village is dominated by the Baroque St. Thomas Church built between 1726–1730.
Červenohorské sedlo (32km)
Červenohorské sedlo is a favourite ski resort of Northern Moravia in the mountains of Hrubý Jeseník. It lies 1013 meters above sea level and marks the historical border between Moravia and Czech Silesia. The ski area of Červenohorské sedlo is among the most famous downhill skiing resorts in Northern Moravia.
Slezská Harta reservoir (35km)
The water reservoir of Slezská Harta was constructed on the Moravice river in 1997. Its earthfill dam reaches up to 65 m, the depth is 62 m. The reservoir is 17km long and 1,7km wide. It has multiple functions – it provides anti-flood protection, improves flow volumes in the period of draught, serves for fish farming, fishing, water sports and sailing.
Dlouhé stráně reservoir (54km)
The pumped storage hydro plant of Dlouhé stráně is situated on the Divoká Desná river in the Jeseníky Mountains, near the village of Loučná nad Desnou, Šumperk district. Respecting the fact that the plant is situated in the protected landscape area, the whole generation unit is placed underground due to environmental reasons. Entry to the area of the Dlouhé stráně plant is not permitted. The plant organizes guided tours on regular basis.