River Elbe spring in Giant Mountains
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River Elbe spring in Giant Mountains

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The symbolic source of the river Labe in Giant Mountains. Approximately at the height of 1387 m asl near the border of the Czech republic with Poland. On the wall there are the coats of arms of some Czech and German cities on the river.

  • Robert Mročka 10 months ago
    Chápu, ale přece není problém to vymaskovat, aby tam nebyly takové torza ;-)
  • Libor Fettr 10 months ago
    Jo jo, ty děti tam byly jak blechy :-)
  • Robert Mročka 10 months ago
    Ta dětská ručička vystupující ze zdi je drsná ;)
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