Karkonosze - snowy mountains
The Karkonosze (Czech. Krkonoše) Mountains are a mountain range located in the south-west of Poland and the north of the Czech Republic, part of the Sudetes mountain system. The Czech-Polish border, which divides the historic regions of Bohemia and Silesia, runs along the main ridge.
The origin of the name is usually interpreted as a compound of "krk" or "krak" - an Old Slavonic word for Krummholz (reference to local vegetation) - and "noš" - derived from "nosit" (carry). Alternative linguistic theories mention a connection with the pre-Indo-European word "Corconti," which is first listed by Ptolemy and refers to a pre-Celtic or Germanic people. In 14th century the mountain range was also called the Sněžné hory (Snowy Mountains).
The modern names of Karkonosze (Polish), Krkonoše (Czech), and Riesengebirge (German) became widely accepted only in the 19th century. The range is also often referred to in English as the "Giant Mountains".