To the windmill and springs of Křinice

  • On cross-country skis
  • By bike
  • For beginner walkers

From Krásná Lípa head towards Varnsdorf following cycle route 3013; go along the road for around 2 km and then, before a short double bend, turn left following the blue markers past the Mill Pond. Continue through the forest following the blue markers along the Křinice Trail until you come to the springs of the River Křinice. Then continue following cycle route 3013, which soon turns right off the blue route. Go past the Světlík pond (a nature reserve) and along the bank past the former windmill. Then continue past the Žofín goat farm, cross the railway line and follow cycle route 3013 from Horní Podluží to Rybniště past Žulovec hill. Go through the village of Rybniště and follow cycle route 211 past Karlova výšina hill, on which the Hraběnčin skok viewpoint is situated (turn off along the red route). Then return to Krásná Lípa; the last stretch follows the cycle route along the road from Doubice.

Světlík windmill – unique technical monument

Světlík windmill is a five-vaned Dutch-style windmill, i.e. a walled building with a rotating structure on the roof.This is one of the largest windmills to have been preserved and is also the only Dutch-style windmill in Bohemia with its technical facilities still intact. The massive mill building and particularly its five-vaned sails are unique in terms of their nature and size. It is also a listed technical and cultural monument.

The windmill was built in 1843 in the former village of Lichtenberg (Světlík). It was part of a farm estate with a bakery, although there is virtually no trace left today. The mill ran until 1945, but was later abandoned due to looting and the demise of the local settlement. In the 1960s and 70s there were several unsuccessful attempts to repair the mill, although the place was constantly looted and vandalised, until the current owners faithfully reconstructed it from 2002 to 2009.

Unlike several other Dutch-style windmills in North Bohemia which have been converted into residential or recreational buildings (Růžová, Janov, Arnoltice), Světlík mill is still a real windmill – a machine – with no additional work done to spoil it. You can view the mill from outside at any time; it is occasionally possible to enter the mill after arranging a visit with the owners.  

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


Category Route: 

  • On cross-country skis
  • By bike


  • For beginner walkers

Higest Altitude: 

563 m. n. m.

Lowest Altitude: 

427 m. n. m.

Elevation Gain: 

365 m

Path length: 

21.3 km

Time requirements: 

2 h

Typ trasy: 

  • With attractions
  • Routes with a story

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