The development of tourism is related to the construction of view towers and other observation points. In the area of the Jeseníky mountain range you are thus able to climb even above the tops of some mountains.
Zlatý Chlum near Jeseník
The construction of the 26m-high bricked view tower on Zlatý Chlum (Goldkoppe), 875m above sea level, near the city of Jeseník, was initiated by the Moravian-Silesian German Mountain Club, same as with many other view towers in the Jeseníky region of that time. The tower offers a view of the mountain ranges of Hrubý Jeseník, Kralický Sněžník, Rychlebské hory and adjacent part of Poland, Otmuchowské and Nysské lakes.
Biskupská kupa near Zlaté Hory
The mountain of Biskupská kupa (Bischofskoppe), 889 m above sea level, is situated on the Czech-Polish border of a promontory of the Jeseníky Mountains. Few enthusiasts discovered this place with a fine view around 1875 and brought up some stones to create a simple view point. The construction of a new view tower was not long coming; the opening ceremony was held on August 26, 1898 and it received its name after the Emperor Franz Joseph I (Kaiser Franz Josef Warte). The 18m view tower offers a view of the mountain ranges of Hrubý Jeseník, Kralický Sněžník, Rychlebské hory and adjacent part of Poland, Otmuchowské and Nysské lakes.
Hans Kudlich's viewtower near Úvalno
The monumental stone building on the top of Strážiště, 395 m above sea level, near Úvalno (Lobenstein) was built by German inhabitants in 1913. The construction of the view tower was done in honor of Hans Kudlich, born in Úvalno in 1823, who, aged 25, was elected the youngest member of Reichstag. In 1848 in Kroměříž, he presented the requirement to abolish corvée labor, thus contributing significantly to its abolishment for compensation in the same year. After the Reichstag was dissolved in 1849 he worked in Germany and later moved to the United States where he died in 1917. In 1923 the remains of Hans Kudlich and his wife Marie-Luisa were transferred to Úvalno and rested on the ground floor of the view tower which is also their mausoleum.
This unique tower is 162 m high, featuring two view points in 19 m level and 70m level. The foundation of the construction consists of three supports; in one of them there is a restaurant and hotel. From the view terrace situated 1563 m above sea level there is a magnificent view of the panorama of the Jeseníky Mountains. If weather is fair it is possible to see the silhouettes of High Tatras, Velká Fatra and Malá Fatra.