Stołowe Mountains

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View from Szczeliniec Wielki mountain

Stołowe Mountains (Polish: [ˈstɔwɔvɛ]); also known as the Table Mountains (Polish: Góry Stołowe, Czech: Stolové hory (older name Hejšovina), German: Heuscheuergebirge) are a 42-kilometre (26 mi)-long mountain range in Poland and the Czech Republic, part of the Central Sudetes. The range is situated southeast of the Krkonoše Mts. The Polish part of the range is protected as the Stołowe Mountains National Park.[1] The highest peak of the range is Szczeliniec Wielki at 919 m (3,015 ft) a.s.l.[2][3][4][5]

The range is built of sandstone and, as the only one in Poland, presents plated structure with sheer mountain ledges.[6] Among the tourist attractions there are two massifs: Szczeliniec Wielki on which the labyrinth, and Skalniak on which the labyrinth Błędne Skały (Errant Rocks). There are several notable rock formations, among them Kwoka ("Hen"), Wielbłąd ("Camel"), Małpa ("Monkey"), Głowa Konia ("Horse Head"), Fotel Pradziada ("Armchair Great Grandfather").

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  1. ^ Identification of the most important transboundary protected areas ... - Page 15 Robert Brunner, Council of Europe. Committee for the Activities of the Council of Europe in the field of Biological and Landscape Diversity - 2002 "The park was established in 1993. being the 19'h national park in Poland. The unique geological features and unusual profile of the mountains are the main aim of protection. Besides the Stolowe Mountains National Park (SMNP)"
  2. ^ "Szczeliniec Wielki" (in Polish). kudowa.zdroj.pl. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Poland - Page 147 Tomasz Torbus - 1999 "The Polish name means "table mountains" and accurately describes this unusual geological formation."
  4. ^ Lonely Planet Poland - Page 344 Neal Bedford - 2008 "The Góry Stołowe (goo-ri sto-wo-veh), or 'Table Mountains', are among the most spectacular ranges of all the Sudetes. Lying roughly 10km northeast of Kudowa-Zdrój, they are almost as flat-topped as their name suggests."
  5. ^ Rough Guide to Poland - Page 570 Mark Salter, Jonathan Bousfield - 2002 "Into the Gory stotowe Rising above 900m and almost as flat as their name suggests, the Gory Stolowe (Table Mountains) are not the most enticing range in the Klodzko region, but do have some extraordinary rock formations "
  6. ^ "Sudety and Przedgorze Sudeckie". Poland.pl. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 

Coordinates: 50°28′00″N 16°20′00″E / 50.4667°N 16.3333°E / 50.4667; 16.3333