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Rieger's Path


The Jizera river rises on the southern slope of Smrk Mountain in Jizera mountains and its catchment area covers 2194 square kilometers. Flows through the Great Giant plateau meadows. Under Bukovec cutting into the steeply sloping narrow valley. From Poland to Jizery river flows and Bystrzyna Jagniecy stream. Under Harrachov brings water from Mumlava. After almost 50 km long pilgrimage to Semily Jizera flows, where Oleška empties into it , resulting in Studenec and draining Krkonoše Piedmont basin area. Under Semily river enters the gorge with Rieger's path. Under Spálov flows into Jizera its largest right tributary – Kamenice. Jizera and its tributaries flow through the varied bedrock, which is formed by rocks Krkonoše-Jizera, Železný crystalline and Paleozoic sediments.

Riverbed with deposited rocks in the upper reaches of the Jizera river

The Jizera to enter the Czech Cretaceous Basin rocks that accompany it to the mouth at Tousen (169 m asl), where after 165 km flows into the Elbe as his biggest right-hand tributary. Upper reaches Jizera was used before control eg for floating wood, deep into the 19th century the most important strategic resources. It served not only as a building material, but it was a huge amount annually consumed for heating households, even more so then in the mills, glass factories and also for the production of charcoal heaps of charcoal. Maybe to Turnov, which, thanks to the ongoing urbanization of wood still lacking, it was after Jizera regularly Rafting at least until the end of 60 the 19 century. And twenty years later at the town from the river bed commonly mined sand, used mainly in construction.

Quiet flow of the Jizera river

Historical postcards of tunnel and railway guardhouse

GPS position

N 50° 37.301', E 15° 18.171'



Geopark UNESCO Český ráj
Jiří Vlasák