Špindlerův Mlýn, at an altitude of 575–1,555 m a. s. l., is a notable tourist and ski resort in the Krkonoše. The highest point of the municipality is Luční hora – the second highest mountain in the Czech Republic. The town is one of the best-known and most visited winter sport resorts in the Czech Republic. Špindlerův Mlýn has ideal conditions for winter sports.
Ski slopes and cross-country skiing trails are in operation up to 5 months a year. The total length of the professionally maintained downhill courses, with various difficulty levels, is 25 km. A total of 14 chairlifts and ski lifts provide a transport capacity of 17,500 skiers per hour. With one ski pass you can ski in 4 different ski resorts (Svatý Petr, Medvědín, Horní Mísečky, Labská). If snow cover is low, most pistes are supplemented with artificially made snow using state-of-the-art technology.
Špindlerův Mlýn also has a lot to offer in the summer season. The conditions in the summer months are ideal for hiking and mountain biking. The municipality is a crossroads of hiking routes. In the local area you can visit the Špindlerova bouda tourist hut, the ruins of Petrova bouda and more. You can walk through the environs of Špindlerův Mlýn along hiking trails via Horní Mísečky, the source of the Elbe, Sněžné jámy and Labská bouda. In the southeast, a hiking route leads to Výrovka or to Friesovy boudy and the Na Rozcestí mountain hut. A fairly direct hiking route leads from Špindlerův Mlýn up to Sněžka, it is roughly 10 kilometres long.
The name originated from the Spindler family who owned a well in the village. The village was previously called Svatý Petr (today part of the town). In an application for a permit to build a church which was sent to the emperor, this was also stated next to the signatures in addition to the name of the village – written as Špindlerův mlýn. A mistake occurred and a permit to build a church in the village of Špindlerův Mlýn came back. Citizens chose to rename the village so that they could build, as sending a new application could be considered an insult to the infallible office and no church would have been permitted.
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