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Grodziec Castle

The first tourist facility in Europe

It is the first stronghold on the extinct volcano rising almost 400 meters above the sea level. The majesty of one of the most beautiful Gothic-Renaissance residences in Silesia became its curse. For centuries it attracted more and more invaders. Destroyed again during the Thirty Years’ War, it was unlucky with other owners as well.

It was not until 1800 that the first major conservation work was carried out at the behest of Prince John Henry VI von Hochberg. Thanks to this, in the nineteenth century, the castle became a fashionable destination for trips.

Grodziec Castle became the first place in Europe specially prepared for tourists. The castle has kept its touristic character to this day offering not only sightseeing but also accommodation and organization of events.

 

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Slow travel in Lower Silesia

Peace and quiet, unpaved routes - that sounds like slow travel. See the Slow Travel map of Lower Silesia with attractions in the spirit of slow tourism

Złotoryja

Złotoryja is located in the Kaczawskie Foothills, in an extremely picturesque region that is commonly called the Land of Extinct Volcanoes (from the origin of the rock  formations on the nearby hills).

The legacy of the Reformation – the European Reformation Cultural Route

Five centuries after the Protestant movement initiated by Martin Luther reached the territory of Poland, the cultural heritage of the Reformation is still visible to the naked eye in Lower Silesia and Cieszyn Silesia.

Jawor – then and today

Formerly Jawor, with its medieval castle, erected by Radosław of Bolesławiec, was the seat of the Piast Duchy of Jawor (later: Świdnica-Jawor).

Rudawy Janowickie

Rudawy Janowickie is a small range in the Western Sudetes located  in the area ranging from the Bóbr Valley in the north to the Kowarska Pass (727 m above sea level) in the south and between the Jelenia Góra Valley in the west and the Kamienna Góra Valley in the east. In the vicinity of Janowice Wielkie, they border the Kaczawskie Mountains, and on the Kowarska Pass, with the Karkonosze Mountains.

Kaczawskie Mountains

The Kaczawskie Mountains close the Jelenia Góra Valley from the north, their eastern border is Nysa Szalona River, and the western border is Bóbr River. In the north, the mountains turn into the vast Kaczawskie Foothills. In the north-west they border (through the Bóbr) with the Izerskie Foothills, and in the south-east part with the Rudawy Janowickie. The highest peak is Skopiec in the South Ridge (724 m above sea level).

Lower Silesia by bike – www.rowerem.info

Do you like bikes? Do ride a bike alone, with family or friends? Find your way down easy and fast.

Sudetes

The Sudetes stretch in a 300 km long arc in the south-west of Poland along the Polish-Czech border. The present appearance of the Sudetes is the result of long-term orogenic and denudative processes, when the mountains were uplifted and then destroyed.

Most beautiful castles and palaces of Lower Silesia:

Uroczysko Siedmiu Stawów Luxury Hotel

It is an ecological and exclusive place of rest for exceptional guests. It captivates with the unique atmosphere of a 16th-century Renaissance castle, in which historic interiors are decorated in a modern style.

Royal Palace

Located in the southern part of the historic Old Town, on one of the main streets in Wrocław, the Royal Palace is not only one of the most impressive buildings in the immediate vicinity of the Market Square, but also one of the most important monuments in the capital of Lower Silesia.

Sarny Castle

The 16th century castle in Ścinawka Górna in the Kłodzko County at the foot of the Stołowe Mountains.

Kamieniec Ząbkowicki

Kamieniec Ząbkowicki is a picturesque town located in the south-eastern part of the Lower Silesia Province. The proximity to the ranges of the Złote Mountains and the Bardo Mountains makes it a perfect place for a weekend break. The season in the commune lasts all year round, because apart from the mountains, there are numerous architectural and religious monuments.

Kliczków Castle

French dandy

Staniszow Palace

The first mention of the village of Staniszow dates back to 1395. It was then the property of the princes of Reiss. The palace was built in 1784-1787 on the orders of Count Henry von Reiss.

Lomnica Palace

A place full of flavours

Chojnik Castle

A Stone Defender

Bolkow Castle

A Beaky Fortress

Krobielowice Palace

Krobielowice - once called Krieblowitz - is a small village located about 20 km from Wroclaw, in the Bystrzyca RiverValley Landscape Park.

Wojnowice Castle

A fairytale refuge

Leśnica Castle

Cultural centre on the outskirts of Wroclaw

Oleśnica Castle

The most valuable and impressive monument of Olesnica, as well as one of the most valuable in Lower Silesia.

Książ Castle

A mosaic full of secrets

Grodno Castle

In its history the real history mixes with legends so much that it is often difficult to separate one from the other.

Topacz Castle

Topacz Castle Resort & Art SPA is a unique place with a fascinating history dating back to the 14th century. It combines the atmosphere of a castle with modern luxury and comfort dedicated to the most demanding guests.

Czocha Castle

A castle that never existed

Kamieniec Palace

History of Kamieniec dates back to XIV century. Discover the story of a town and Palace Kamieniec traveling back in time.