Two more peatland sceneries

Apart from the peatland Chalupská slať I wrote about some time ago, we visited two more peatland areas in that part of Šumava – Jezerní slať (Lake peatland) and Tříjezerní slať (Triple lake peatland). Both of them are also part of the first zone of nature protection of the Šumava National Park.

Jezerní slať was designated a nature reserve in 1933. Its name comes from a lake which has been overgrown with peat moss. When you arrive there and follow a nature trail, soon you come to an observation tower which enables you to see far behind tops of surrounding trees.


The area of the peatland spreads over 208 hectares. The average depth of peat is 2,5 metres, the deepest part reaches to 7,6 metres.


Jezerní slať is one of the coldest places in the Czech Republic, the average temperature is just around 1°C and temperature minimum values are often recorded here.


Peatland Mugo pine represents typical cover, furthermore you can find plants here which are rare in central Europe. No wonder as they need both the cold and acidity.

Tříjezerní slať has been accessible by means of a nature trail since 1979. Its name comes from three lakes you pass walking along the trail.


This peatland with its 5 hectares is the smallest of the three but still very impressive.


It is also very cold, on the average 160 days per year show temperatures bellow 0°C.


All three peatland areas we visited in Šumava were peaceful and calm and I really enjoyed the time we spent there, no matter how many tourists were surrounding us at the moment. You can simply feel that the places are sort of special, offering you a view of uncommon environment.



  1. Nature has done a beautiful job there Petra…I know I would enjoy a walk around there! Its great that way back in 1933 it was preserved, it seems we dont preserve and set aside lands today! I am so thankful our predecessors had vision, we get to reap the bounty of their gift.

    1. Roy, I can’t remember I’d have seen a single bird there. The water in the lakes is acid and the variety of plants is limited, moreover the nature trails are visited by quite many people. All of these might have resulted in the absence of the birds.

    1. Red, I think these trails enable people to see what they couldn’t see otherwise because there would be no “reasonable” access to these areas and understand the value of it. This way these accessible parts help to protect the rest.

  2. These peat areas do seem as if they would be good bird and wildlife refuges. The observation tower looks well done. It's hidden among the trees, yet lets the observer get high enough to see over the trees.

    1. Linda, I read that they are wintering places for many animals. The access is limited during the whole year and there is much snow during winter so the areas become even less accessible which is good for the animals not to be disturbed. As I’ve already written to Roy, I’m not sure about the birds but they most probably are there, just not visible to noisy tourists.

  3. I love that these places have observation towers, Petra, like they do here in the Netherlands. This also reminds me of some bogs on Vancouver Island where the boardwalks let you see the habitat up close and personal. I wonder why it's so cold for so much of the year? That surprises me the most.

    1. Ginnie, although the boardwalks are not long, yet they let you “inside”, that’s wonderful.

      I haven’t found out any explanation of why these places are so cold. Their altitude of about 1070 metres above sea level isn’t the reason itself, perhaps it’s a combination of more factors.

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