Kladská Peat Bog
One of the most beautiful places in the Cheb region is the Kladská Lake and Hunting Lodge, located in the centre of the most valuable territory of the Slavovský Forest Protected Landscape Area.
From the former hunting lodge of Prince Schönburg-Waldenburg, in the midst of peaceful spruce forests, a newly repaired educational trail leads along wooden walkway beside the romantic waterside. The trail features the Kladská Peat Bog national natural reservation, Tajga, with abundant flora and fauna.
Visitors can now look over to the neighboring Kyselé Jezero with one of the most acidic drainage areas in Europe as well as a park with the crypt of the founder of the former hunting lodge and stylish buildings and forest gardens.
To Kladská you can get by foot, bike, bus or car.
This trail has been in operation since September 1977. The trail begins from the road connecting Kladská and Prameny (250 meters from the Kladská hunting lodge, towards Prameny) and the entire length of the trail is 1.6 km. There are plenty of rest areas and lookout spots along the way. The end of the trail is equipped with a handicapped-accessible ramp for wheelchairs. The walk along the trail requires no special clothing and is not difficult.
A stroll through Kladská
Pure and practically undisturbed nature – this is the countryside around Mariánské Lázně, Lázně Kynžvart, Kladská, Prameny, and the wider surroundings. The area within the Slavkovský Forest Protected Landscape Area has plenty to offer its visitors. Deep forests full of beautiful nooks and evergreen trees with boughs reaching to the ground surrounding you from all sides.
History of Kladská
Prince Schönburg-Waldenburg must have certainly felt the positive energy here when he came to Lázně Kynžvart in the late 19th century to enjoy some hunting in the local forests. The landscape, with its dominant meadow spread out next to the lake, surrounded from more sides by forests and marshes, spoke to him so clearly that he had a cabin built here in 1875. Five more such cabins were built by the end of the century, now forming the base of this community. Thus was founded the tradition and reputation of Kladská. This community, during the Prince's heyday, was the second largest deer forest in Bohemia. Today, it is one of the lesser known State hunting grounds.
The area known as Kladsko, however, was inscribed into history much earlier. Its altitude of 820 meters AMSL and dotted with dozens of small ponds predetermined it to become part of the area's early industrial development. Mining was developing in the Slavkovsko area at the time, and because the local resources didn't provide a sufficient source of water for washing out the ore, the Dlouhá Stoka, or long drift, was built in 1531-36. This channel took water from the Kladsko pond system and brought it to Krásno and Horní Slavkov. Its length and method of construction made it a remarkable piece of engineering for its time. The channel itself is 24 km long, and it had a drainage network of no less than 30 km long. It connected 52 ore mills, flowed under 35 bridges with its flow assisted by 14 sluices, and it was 2 meters wide. The Long Drift (channel) has still been preserved and still exists today, although it is no longer a functioning system.
Kladská, despite its altitude, is still able to boast plenty of natural points of interest, the reason why the the town built the Kladská educational trail.