The Karkonosze are the highest range of the Sudetes. The Karkonosze make a uniform massif of generally level height, overhung by just a few peaks of relative height up to 100 m (e.g. Wielki Szyszak, 1509 m a.s.l.). Only the peak of Sniezka (1602 m a.s.l.) is distinguished by noticeable relative height and conic shape. A distinctive feature of the Karkonosze is the presence of granite rock groups, e.g. Slonecznik (Sunflower), Konskie Lby (Horse Heads) or Pielgrzymy (Pilgrims).
The features of the Karkonosze are strangely shaped rock formations, post-glacial lakes, bogs, and steep pot-holes. There are also a shelter-homes for tourists. One of them is the oldest hostel in the Polish Mountains – called Samotnia.
At the foot of Sniezka (480 – 850 m above the sea level) lies Karpacz, one of the most popular holiday resorts. A thirteenth-century timber temple called Wang was brought to this town from South Norway in the ninteenth century. In the Karpacz region snow remains late in spring, sometimes until April.