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The Karkonosze (Polish; pronounced kár-ko-no-she) or Krkonoše (Czech; IPA: ['kr̩konoʃɛ] (helpˇinfo)) is a mountain range in the Sudetes in Central Europe. The range is also sometimes known as the Giant Mountains (German: Riesengebirge). The name is fairly ancient, appearing in the name of a people listed in Ptolemy as the Corconti. It may be Pre-Indo-European. The meaning was preserved, appearing in mediaeval Latin as Gigantei montes. The mountain range was traditionally known as the Góry Olbrzymie in Polish prior to 1946.

The mountains stretch from north-west to south-east and form the border between Poland and the Czech Republic. At 1602 metres above sea level on the Czech-Polish border, the mountain Sněžka-Śnieżka is the highest peak in the Czech Republic. Large areas of the mountains are preserved as a national park by both countries. The mountains are famous for their skiing resorts and are growing in importance as a less expensive and, in some cases, nearer alternative to the Alps for tourism. River Elbe originates in the mountains.

That photo was taken under the summit od Sniezka Mountain.

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