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Welcome to CHKO Jeseníky


We have developed a new information system providing information on wildlife of the Jeseníky Mountains. You can download it directly to your mobile phone at interesting places.

The Jeseníky Protected Landscape Area of Jeseníky (“PLA Jeseníky”) covering an area of 744 km2 was designated in 1969. It protects natural treasures and preserved countryside of the Jeseníky Mountains. The Alpine deforested area, mountain spruce forests, preserved beech wood, raised peat bogs and meadows at the foothills are the natural treasures of the Jeseníky Mountains. There are habitats of a number of rare plant and animal species in these biotopes.

Vernířovice used to be a mining village which, together with other villages, supplied iron mills in Sobotín with quality magnetite ores for long 400 years. From Vernířovice came the beggar Maryna Schuchová who by removing the host from her mouth during Communion gave immediate impulse for the initiation of the unfortunate witch trials. The village features St. Matthew’s Church and a witch trial monument. The village is an important starting point for trips to the Jeseníky Mountains. In its immediate vicinity, there is the Zadní Hutisko Nature Monument, an abandoned unmined quarry and the second largest body of soapstone in the Czech Republic. The Švagrov Forest Eco-trail oriented at nature and ecology is also worth visiting. Also popular is a marked hiking trail through Kosaře to the Jelení Hřbet and Čertova Stěna with a rock viewpoint. In the surroundings, you can see remains of ore mining tunnels and pits.

Nature protection

The areas of the PLA Jeseníky that are scientifically rarest and of the highest interest for tourists are conserved in the national nature reserves (NNR) of Praděd, Rejvíz, Šerák-Keprník and Skřítek Bog and in 24 other nature reserves and natural monuments.

Useful information

The Administration of the Jeseníky PLA having its seat in Jeseník cares for the nature of the Jeseníky Protected Landscape Area.

GPS position

N 50° 1.890', E 17° 7.817'



Mgr.Kateřina Kočí