To the sources of the River Mandava

  • On foot
  • For beginner walkers

Start the trip at the station in Panský, which you can get to on the tourist train from Rumburk or Krásná Lípa. However, train No. 084 only runs at the weekend and on bank holidays. From the station, which used to be an important railway junction, follow the road towards the village of Staré Křečany; after 200 m join the main road, and head right towards Staré Křečany; after around 30 m turn left along the dirt road. The path is marked out by stakes and leads up between pasture land. Go up as far as the former gamekeeper’s lodge and then take a left along the route marked in green. Pass the Kleesinlův cross on its granite base, dating from the 19th century and repaired a few years ago. You then come to the Mandava springs, where there is a rest area and a wooden gazebo.

Following the route marked in green head back towards Valdek, along the ridge and past several rest areas offering wonderful views of Bohemian Switzerland and the Lusatian Mountains. From here you can suddenly see three viewpoints – Dymník, Vlčí hora and the viewpoint on Jedlová. Cross the road from Nové Křečany to Šluknov and a kilometre further one, where the path runs into the wood, you can take a short detour to the right – if you go along the dirt road by the edge of the wood, after about 150 m you can see a stone cross of conciliation in the wood, which commemorates the murder of the merchant Martin Kraus in 1666.

Continue on along the ridge following the route marked in green, past Camp Valdek, until you come to the railway station in Valdek, from where you can catch a train back to Rumburk.

Rediscovered Mandava springs

The springs of the Mandava were rediscovered and restored by members of Rumburk Tourist Club in 1998. The place had been known of much earlier, but until recently it was not very clear where exactly the source of the Mandava lay – some claimed by the village of Zahrady, others at the Veronika spring at the foot of Vlčí hora. Several members of Rumburk Tourist Club discovered that there were more springs that rose on the slope of Ptačí vrch above the village of Panský, and that the most powerful spring, which rises at a height of 515 m a.s.l., was directed into a walled well and above it there was a wooden gazebo. A few metres further on in the wood there is another spring that has been restored and marked. From the Mandava springs there is a beautiful view of the landscape; this was a popular destination for trips before the Second World War, and used to be the site of the pub U staré hájovny (Gasthaus zum Alten Forhaus), although all that now remains are the stone foundations. The original local German inhabitants used to come here for trips on Sundays and enjoy some refreshments along the way, so their steps led them to this wonderful view over Panský. The old German maps show this place as Neu Herrnwalde (New Panský), but this name has now been long forgotten.

The River Mandava flows through Staré Křečany, Rumburk, Varnsdorf and then on into Germany through Zittau, left into Lužická Nisa and then joins the Odra to flow into the Baltic Sea. It is interesting that just half a kilometre or so to the west of the Mandava springs is the source of the Brtnický stream, whose waters flow into the North Sea. This is therefore the site of an important watershed.

The project Tourism without Borders is implemented through the Objective 3 Programme to promote cross-border cooperation between Czech Republic and the Free State of Saxony 2007 - 2013 period

Category Route: 

  • On foot


  • For beginner walkers

Higest Altitude: 

528 m. n. m.

Lowest Altitude: 

407 m. n. m.

Elevation Gain: 

118 m

Path length: 

7.7 km

Time requirements: 

2 - 3 h

Typ trasy: 

  • Historical or forgotten route
  • From train to train
  • Routes with a story
  • With a story from the past
  • In search of viewpoints

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