The main parts of the Šumava Mountains were proclaimed the National Park in 1991. Of the three national parks in the Czech Republic the Šumava National Park, (69,030ha), is the largest.
To get tot he top of Pancíř mountain, the tourists may take a chair lift, the track of which is divided into two sections.
Velký Ostrý (1293 m) is one of the most beautiful mount-peaks of the whole Šumava - a frontier mountain with a cross placed on the top, a German mountainous cottage with a pub and a rock formation offering impressive view of the surrounding mountain ridges.
The National Nature Reserve of the same name (Bílá strž) was declared in 1972 and extends at the area of 79,2 hectares at the altitude 735-1086 m.