The wood sailing on the Schwazenberk's channel

Two hundred years annual of the wood sailing on the Schwarzenberk's channel celebrated in 1989 mainly foresters. The seminary was held in October 1989 in Horní Planá, where came hundreds of participants from the whole republic. Part of it was also an excursion of the channel, even in the border area up to the Rosenauer's chapel. Vyšší Brod foresters established so called Brotherhood of the Schwarzenberk's channel, of which the leading spirit was Josef Rolínek from Vyšší Brod. Members of this association together with their colleagues were preparing and cleaning the channel and maintaining the educational track along it in former St. Tomáš territory, which used to be a border area.

Celebrations of the Schwarzenberk’s channel at Koranda at the border crossing Ježová - Iglbach. The witness of wood sailing from Austrian side of borders dressed in stylish clothing, foto: Eva Řimnáčová   Celebrations of the Schwarzenberk’s channel at Koranda at the border crossing Ježová - Iglbach. The witness of wood sailing from Austrian side of borders dressed in stylish clothing, foto: Eva Řimnáčová

In year 1991 had been found a small part of the channel in its crossing with border brook Ježová. The first work was followed by renovation of the release at Ježová, done in 1995 by company Woods of Czech Republic. So the first renovated part of channel appeared in Czech area close to Austria. No road led to this part from Czech side; there was a hardly permeable path into the Bavarian moor (Bayrische Au) from Austrian Oberhaag.

Floating logs on the Schwarzenberk Canal in the region of Ježová, 11. May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek Cyclists at The Festivities of The Floating Canal, 11 May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek Floating logs on the Schwarzenberk Canal in the region of Ježová, 11. May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek

In summer 1996 arrived to the Šumava students from the Forestry Faculty of Czech Agricultural University in Prague in order to continue in channel reconstruction in Bohemia as well as in Austria. The Rotary Club Rohrbach covered work and stay of students, material and other costs. Students from Prague were coming to this area to renovate the channel mainly in Ježová area even in next years. Before their work was over students filled the channel with water to see if the logs would flow on it again.

The Schwarzenberk floating Canal in the region of Ježová, 11 May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek The Schwarzenberk floating Canal in the region of Ježová, 11 May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek Cord stone 113, the Schwarzenberk floating Canal in the region of Ježová, 11 May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek

In year 1997 were the renovation works so well known that even tourists were coming to visit a channel. That is why the road from Růžový Vrch (U Korandy) to Ježová long about 1,8 km was repaired; costs were covered by the Woods of Czech Republic and Austrian Tourismusverbaendegemeinschaft Boehmerwald Aigen - Schlaegl. Company Ertl - construction of roads and traffic devices, did the work. In the Austrian part was repaired the Channel road (Kanalstrasse) from the Duty log (Zollhuette) about 1,2 km long.

Floating logs on the Schwarzenberk Canal in the region of Ježová, 11. May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek Floating logs on the Schwarzenberk Canal in the region of Ježová, 11. May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek Floating logs on the Schwarzenberk Canal in the region of Ježová, 11. May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek

After the road reconstructions were finished, a special border crossing was found here and the first attempts to sail wood were done. In June 1998 was opened the border crossing for pedestrians and cyclists Ježová - Iglbach, where the wood is being sailed several times a year.

The Festivities of The Floating Canal at Koranda, at the crossing border of Ježová-Iglbach. The floating logs personal observer from Austria dressed into the stylistic clothes, 11 May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek Toni and his musical bicycle at The Festivities of The Floating Canal, 11 May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek The Festivities of The Floating Canal at Koranda, at the crossing border of Ježová-Iglbach. The floating logs personal observer from Austria dressed into the stylistic clothes, 11 May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek

In May 1999 the first Celebrations of Schwarzenberk's channel were held. The Celebration was opened at Jelení Vrchy; participants went along the channel to a special border crossing Zvonková - Sonnenwald, where they tasted beer brewed in nearby Schlaegl and mince from Ulrichsberg called neuburger. During the show of wood sailing was the staff dressed into traditional clothes, many of sailors wore the clogs with straw. The greatest stayers went up to Přední Výtoň, where the Celebration culminated being transmitted by the Czech Radio. The organizers of Celebration were the National Park and Protected Area Šumava, Woods of Czech Republic - Regional administration Benešov, Tourismusverbaendegemeinschaft Boehmerwald, Czech Radio České Budějovice and Czech and Austrian municipalities, of which area goes the channel through.

Ing. Hynek Hladík, the director of the Schwarzenberk floating Canal, during the floating logs demonstration in the region of Ježová, 11 May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek The rafts-man on the Schwarzenberk Canal in the region of Ježová, 11 May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek The rafts-man on the Schwarzenberk Canal in the region of Ježová, 11 May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek

At the end of summer holidays 1999 was held the first annual of the Celebration called the Culture axis the Channel. Its organizers from Austrian association, National Park and Protected Area Šumava, Woods of Czech Republic - Regional administration Benešov and Czech and Austrian municipalities wanted to make a track along the channel special by installation of modern statues along it. The first sculpture was the Connect it at the border crossing Koranda - St.Oswald bei Haslach.

Children´s choir called Krumlovští pištci at The Festivities of The Floating Canal, 11. May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek Children´s choir called Krumlovští pištci at The Festivities of The Floating Canal, 11. May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek Folk music ensemble called Libín-S of Prachatice at The Festivities of The Floating Canal, 11. May 2002, foto: Lubor Mrázek

In the present time is the Schwarzenberk's channel well known to tourists as a unique technical monument, of which visit provides to the Šumava visitors both pleasure and education.
Schwarzenberg floating canal models are being displayed at the information tourist offices of Stožec and Nová Pec during the summer months.

Celebrations of the Schwarzenberk’s channel at Koranda at the border crossing Ježová - Iglbach. On the left side is Mr. Hynek Hladík – the sail director of the Schwarzenberk’s channel, foto: Eva Řimnáčová

Partners :
NP and CHKO Šumava
Lesy České republiky, Regional administration Benešov
Tourismusverbändegemeinschaft Böhmerwald Aigen/Schlägl

Information :
Hynek Hladík, tel.: +420 602 272 442
Jaroslava Martanová, NPŠ, tel.: 0339/413294
Reinhard. Krapfl, TVG Böhmerwald, tel.: 0043/7281/8051

 
Further informationen :
Schwarzenberg Navigational Canal
Museum of Schwarzenberk's channel in Chvalšiny
History of Transportation in the Český Krumlov Region



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