Rondrit Jesenik en Orlice gebergte
Published: 08/02/2020
Bystrzyca Klodzka (RP17)
This tour is part of a journey that lasts approximately 3 weeks. In June 2018 I traveled through Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic with my partner. The 5th stage of this holiday is a trip around the Jesenik and Orlice mountains in the Czech Republic and Poland.

This route gets 5 stars from me, because it is a wonderfully winding route through beautiful nature reserves, over a number of winding mountain passes. There are also plenty of options en route to take a break on a great terrace with wonderful views.

Today you will drive through the Jesenik and Orlice mountains. Both mountains are part of the Sudetes, a mountain range in Central Europe, and also the highest area in the Bohemian Massif. The Jesenik Mountains are characterized by the many abandoned mines. During the route today you can visit one of these mines under supervision. The Orlice Mountains (translated the Eagle Mountains) is a 50 kilometer long ridge on the border between Poland and the Czech Republic. The route circles through this mountain range and you eventually cross the ridge to partly drive through Poland for the second part of the route.

You leave from Hotel Lesanka. First we drive back to the village of Pastviny where we cross the reservoir and drive along the river Orlice that feeds this lake. The mountain also derives its name from this river. The route goes counterclockwise today, so we first head east. We drive on a number of small forest and mountain roads and take a number of hairpin bends before we slowly return to open areas. We pass Červená Voda, where you can refuel if necessary (RP5).

After the fuel stop, we swing again through the valleys of the Sudetes and we cross the Morava river (RP 7). This river has a length of approximately 354 kilometers and eventually ends near Bratislava in the Danube. We do not follow the entire route of this river, but we do follow a few kilometers to Hanušovice. In this town, the river bends south and we continue north-east, so that we can take a break on a number of beautiful mountain roads on top of the Červenohorské Sedlo (RP 9). A well-deserved break after a few steep stretches. In winter this can present the necessary challenges for people who want to come and ski in the resort of the same name. It is then often only accessible with snow chains. In the spring and summer it is a great break for passers-by like us and as a starting and finishing point for hikers.

After the break we drive further north in the direction of the city of Jesenik (RP 11). We slowly drive out of the woods and we arrive in a somewhat more open area, where we also drive into Jesenik. Jesenik's original name was Freiwaldau, or "forest-free." Until 1945 this was a city with a predominantly German-speaking population ("Sudeten Germans"). After the Second World War, the German-speaking population was expelled. We don't stop here: later on the route we pass through the town of Bystrzyca Kłodzka, which in my opinion is a nicer cultural stopping place than Jesenik.

Even more so, because not long after Jesenik we have the opportunity to visit a uranium mine (RP 14). You can park at approximately 200 meters from the entrance. Before you want to visit the mine, it is wise to first consult the website for opening times, reservations and prices. See the hyperlink at the bottom of the review for further information.

After this trip we drive back to the West. On top of the Puchaczówka Pass (RP 16) you can park for a moment to take a picture of the beautiful panorama, but also of your fellow motorcyclists: on top of the pass is a tight large hairpin bend where you can take beautiful photos from the parking lot of how your fellow drivers come through the bend.

At about two thirds of the route you will finally come through Bystrzyca Kłodzka (RP 17). This old city is known for its many historic buildings. It is worth taking a walk here past the old buildings. These are marked with POIs in the route file. The route comes over the Vrijheidsplein (plaza Wolności), where you can park and pause on one of the terraces.

You now start the last part of the route through the Orlice Mountains. This is especially enjoyable: the roads here endlessly wind through the woods and over the mountains. It is a medium mountain range with not too high mountains: the highest mountain is the Velká Deštná (Regenberg) with 1,115 meters. After you have driven around this mountain, the route bends back towards the South.

You can refuel in Rokytnice v Orlických horách (RP 22) before you close the route again with a delicious drink on the terrace at Hotel Lesanka.
červenohorské sedlo (RP10)
Przełęcz Spalona (RP19)
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Hotel Lesanka
Kletno Uranium Mine

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Lower Silesia (Polish: Dolny Śląsk; Czech: Dolní Slezsko; Upper Sorbian: Delnja Šleska; Lower Sorbian: Dolna Šlazyńska; German: Niederschlesien; Latin: Silesia Inferior; Silesian German: Niederschläsing; Silesian: Dolny Ślůnsk) is the northwestern part of the historical and geographical region of Silesia; Upper Silesia is to the southeast. In the Middle Ages Lower Silesia was part of Piast-ruled Poland. It was one of the leading regions of Poland, and its capital Wrocław was one of the main cities of the Polish Kingdom. Lower Silesia emerged as a distinctive region during the fragmentation of Poland, in 1172, when the Duchies of Opole and Racibórz, considered Upper Silesia since, were formed of the eastern part of the Duchy of Silesia, and the remaining, western part was since considered Lower Silesia. During the Ostsiedlung, German settlers were invited to settle in the sparsely populated region, which until then had a Polish majority. As a result, the region became largely Germanised in the following centuries. In the late Middle Ages the region fell under the overlordship of the Bohemian Crown, however large parts remained under the rule of local Polish dukes of the Piast dynasty, some up to the 16th and 17th century. Briefly under the suzerainty of the Kingdom of Hungary, it fell to the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy in 1526. In 1742, Austria ceded nearly all of Lower Silesia to the Kingdom of Prussia in the Treaty of Berlin, except for the southern part of the Duchy of Nysa. Within the Prussian kingdom, the region became part of the Province of Silesia. In 1871, Lower Silesia was integrated into the German Empire. After World War I, the region became a separate province within the Weimar Republic. After 1945, the main part of the former Prussian province fell to the Republic of Poland, while a smaller part west of the Oder-Neisse line remained within East Germany and historical parts of Austrian Lower Silesia (Jesenicko, Opavsko regions) remained as a part of Czechoslovakia. By 1949, almost the entire pre-war German population was expelled.The region is known for an abundance of historic architecture of various styles, including many castles and palaces, well preserved or reconstructed old towns, numerous spa towns, and historic burial sites of Polish monarchs and consorts (in Wrocław, Legnica and Trzebnica).
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About this route collection
This collection of routes is based on a 3-week vacation that I rode with my partner in June 2018.

The journey goes through Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and a piece of Germany. In total there are 11 driving days, a combination of touristic tours and routes from A to B. All routes avoid the highway and go exclusively on the smaller roads, which makes it a beautiful and varied journey.

Along the way you regularly come across sights, where you can stop to look around. These vary from beautiful viewpoints, to museums and special buildings. You also visit various national nature parks along the way, such as the Tatra Mountains, the Giant Mountains, Eagle Mountains, Krkonoše and Bohemian Switzerland. Because the overnight places are often also located in these areas, you can alternate the driving days with days with wonderful hiking trips.

If you only want to ride a motorcycle, then this collection can also be done in 2 weeks (including a return trip from the Netherlands).

The routes themselves can be challenging from time to time, particularly because the quality of the road surface in Eastern Europe - especially on the small country roads - is not always good. In June 2018 all routes were on paved roads.