One of the most important recreational centres in Krkonose is situated in the westestpart of Krkonose, directly on the border with Poland. It lies in a hollow along the river Mumlava and its affluents Milnice, Kamenice and Bila voda. From the south it is bound by steep slope of Certova hora (1020 m. a. s.), from the north by less steeper slopes of Silesian ridge (Mrtvy vrch – 1059 m. a. s., Jaksin – 1115 m. a. s.) The very important saddle is Novosvetsky prusmyk (885 m. a. s.), where is border crossing between Harrachov and Poland – Jakuszyce , international road E-65 and railway to Jeleni hory (out of order) go through it.
Contemporary Harrachov (town since 1973) was established after 1945 by joining originally independent settlements Novy Svet and Ryzoviste together with Harrachov. In 1959 the hamlet Mytiny was joined where nowadays there is a railway terminal of the route Tanvald – Harrachov. This area belonged to Poland and was exchanged for the same large area to the north from Mrtvy vrch. Habitation of the village has been evidenced since 17th century and at the beginning of 18th century glassworks was established, it belonged to count line of Harrachove since 1754. At the end of 19th century and beginning of the last century this glassworks made Krkonose's glass production very famous all over Europe and overseas.
Nowadays production successfully continues famous tradition (production of cut, hand shaped and decorated glass). Glass museum was moved to newly rebuilt mansion near the glass factory in Novy Svet in 1994.
There is also a chapel of St. Elizabeth with glass bell from 1915. The Imperial church of St. Wenceslaw from (1822-1828) is also decorated with glass of this glass factory (chandelier, altar). Mining was finished in 1992 when the mine (fluor, heavy spar and galena) was closed on west hillside of Ptacinec (950 m. a. s.). Traditional line is also forestry (a forest enterprise, a forest school and a saw-mill). The role of the most important industrial sphere has been taken over by tourism industry. Harrachov is a famous recreational centre of both winter and summer tourism, but mainly of winter sports. There is a very known area of five ski jumps on the north slope of Certova hora. There World Cups in Ski jumps take place on the biggest K-180, in 1983 and 1992 even World championships. There is also a cableway and downhill courses. Other ski lifts and downhill courses are on the northeast hillside above Ryzoviste. where is a new chair lift. There are good-class standard cross-country skiing tracks on less steeper northwest hillside of Certova hora. There was built new shooting range and routes for biathlon on west from glass factory. For ski tourism there is a ski artery around Harrachov that is about 50 km long and it is constantly broadened out every year.
Harrachov is well accessible along already mentioned international road E-65 from Prague or along the road No.14 from Trutnov and Jilemnice or from Liberec, Jablonec nad Nisou and Tanvald also along road No.14. There is a train connection from Tanvald to Harrachov that has a line-up to Jablonec nad Nisou or to a main railway line Pardubice-Liberec. There is a coach connection with Prague, Brno, Hradec Kralové, Liberec and with Polish Jeleni Hora.
In the first half of the 17th century glass works were founded in Ryzoviste ( in about 1630, it was closed in 1711) and in 1865 a textile factory Seifenbasska tkalcovna(mill) was built and in 1947 it was rebuilt into physical educational centre, nowadays it is Sporthotel.
Among natural matters of interests in surroundings of Harrachov certainly belongs Mumlavsky vodopad (waterfall), where the wildly flowing river Mumlava has created in its riverbed unique dished shapes (so called „evorzni tvary“ or giant pots. Directly in Harrachov you can find a few important memorable trees such as the elm near the hotel Harrachovka.
Another matter of interest of this area is the river Jizera between Myto (down part of Harrachov) and Rokytnice where this river flows through deep, rock Jizera mine. There are ones of the vastest natural mixed mountain forests with dominant beeches. Autumn colours of beeches in Jizersky dul are as unforgettable as spring blossoming of white colt feet, snow flakes, wind flowers, wild garlic, paradise plants and later blue bells that create individual colour of surrounding river floodplain. However it is not only flora that Jizersky dul and lower situated places in the valley of Jizera are exceptionally rich on. You can also find the same “giant pots “ as in the riverbed of Mumlava.