It is with its 26 lifts the most extended skiing area of Šumava. There are decents in all categories. The flanks of the mountains Pancíř, 1214 m., and Špíčák, 1202 m., have about 16 kilometers of downhill routes. Also for cross country skiing the area of Železná Ruda has much to offer.
The town itself, that is called in German Markt Eisenstein, thanks its name to the winning of iron ore. Nowadays no iron ore is mined and its place is taken by the glass industry. In today´s city there are Vietnamese markets and nonstop bars and casinos.
During the communists regime the border crossing with Bayerisch Eisenstein was closed and the town was forgotten for a long time. Since the velvet revolution especially the tourism has grown fast. And that is no wonder, there is a lot to see and do in and around Železná Ruda.
In cultural interest, the town has very little to offer. The 18th century Baroque church is nevertheless worth a visit.
Železná Ruda is a particularly good starting point for daytrips through the Šumava region, as well by car, on foot as on a bicycle.
North of the town are the impressive glacier lakes Černé Jezero, the Black Lake, and Čertovo Jezero, the Devils Lake. The Černé Jezero is the largest natural lake in the Bohemian Forest. Both lakes are deep, about 35 m., and have an altitude just above 1000 m.
The Černé Jezero
thanks its name to its black surface but the lake is also black in a different kind of meaning. It is said that it harbours dark secrets. There have already been surfaced crates of explosives and nazi archive materials.
The lakes can be reached from the ski resort Špíčák, close to the identical named mountain.
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