Pančavský vodopád is one of the highest waterfall in the Czech Republic. A sideriver of the Labe-Elbe (Pančava) drops down over an impressive height of 148 meters. In springtime Pančavský vodopád is on its best Pančavský vodopád has an average volume of 0,03 m3/sec (cms) and is quit stable most time of the year.
Pančavský vodopád can be reached from Špindlerův Mlýn in the Krkonoše Mountains, Czech republic. From Špindlerův Mlýn it is an 1 hour walk until you reach a viewpoint.
Pančavský vodopád has 4 big cascades (36, 39, 23 and 20 m). The name of Pančava stream comes from the German pantschen, or planschen or plantschen, which translates as splash or slosh.
The waterfall has been a popular destination since the early days of tourism. In 1859 the owner of the nearby Labská bouda chalet, Josef Schier, built a small reservoir with a floodgate above the top edge. Once there were enough paying tourists, the floodgate was lifted and the waterfall was reopened, with a much greater flow of water. Small kiosks were set up above and below the waterfall with refreshments and a viewing platform at the top. The reservoir and the kiosks and platform were closed in the 1930s.