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Karkonosze (Giant Mountains)

We have great prospects for the future! Conquer the highest mountain range of the Sudetes

They have a lot of advantages – they offer many accessible routes that can be traveled by virtually anyone. They are located in Lower Silesia and you can get to them quickly from almost every corner of the region. Well-developed infrastructure and accommodation base complement the fact that it is the Karkonosze Mountains that have recently been breaking tourist popularity records, and this is by no means a coincidence.

Karkonosze (until 1946 called the Giant Mountains) cover an area of ​​about 650 km2, 185 km2 of which belongs to Poland and are the highest mountain range of the Sudetes. Their undisputed queen is Śnieżka, which is 1603 meters high – a destination for many tourists. Other known peaks of this range that are located on the Polish side are: Wielki Szyszak (1509 m above sea level), Smogornia (1489 m above sea level), Łabski Peak (1472 m above sea level) or, among others, Szrenica (1,362 m above sea level). So there is a lot to choose from.

But the Karkonosze Mountains are also beautifully situated mountain shelters, the most famous of which is the PTTK “Samotnia” Shelter for them. Waldemar Siemaszki and Strzecha Akademicka. The first one impresses with its picturesque location by the Mały Staw (which is not so small! The pond is 255 meters long and 185 meters wide). Samotnia is also one of the oldest shelters in Poland. In turn, the “Strzecha Akademicka” offering 140 beds, located on the ancient route leading to Śnieżka, owes its name to the fact that after World War II the facility was owned by students of Krakow universities. The place allows you to breathe, enjoy the views, and more persistent – get to the very top of Śnieżka.

There are picturesque waterfalls in the Karkonosze Mountains, the most famous of which are the Kamieńczyk Waterfall and Szklarki Waterfall. The first of them is the largest waterfall in the Polish Sudetes. It consists of three cascades with a total height of 27 meters. Slightly less “demanding” and the second largest on the Polish side of the Karkonosze, but equally beautiful is the Szklarki Waterfall. Located at an altitude of 525 m above sea level, with a cascade 13.3 m high.

When visiting the Karkonosze Mountains, it is also worth going to the viewpoint, recently opened in Szklarska Poręba – “Złoty Widok”, and on the way, “hook” a stone called Chybotek. Karpacz, Szklarska Poręba, Jelenia Góra – tourists mainly associate these three cities with the Polish side of the Karkonosze Mountains. And it is they who have today the richest offer of hotels and guesthouses, as well as private accommodation.

Here, in the Karkonosze Mountains, everyone will find their own trail. And he will come back happy with it!

There are, of course, many more mementoes of the past, places worth visiting, not to mention the surrounding area alone, of course: it is enough to mention the exceptionally good condition preserved Jewish cemetery from the 19th century (unique on the scale of the whole of Lower Silesia), a mausoleum dedicated to the memory of prisoners and victims of the branch of the Gross-Rosen camp, operating in Kamienna Góra from 1942 until the end of the war, and finally a post-Evangelical baroque church from the 17th century (one of the two preserved Churches of Grace) at the foot of Góra Parkowa, currently used by the Catholic faithful (church Our Lady of the Rosary).

A short trip to the vicinity of Kamienna Góra will make those who are still undecided that it is worth visiting this picturesque town. Within a short car ride, you can reach the Karkonosze or Rudawy Janowickie; south of Kamienna Góra, in the village of Dvůr Králové, we will find a unique Zoo-Safari, in Adršpach, located right next to the Polish-Czech border, we will visit an amazing rock town. Not to mention the various attractions on the Polish side, Krzeszów, Wałbrzych, Kolorowe Jeziorek and many, many other ideas for spending time in this part of Lower Silesia.


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Traces of the past

The cultural inheritance that has been experienced by the contemporary inhabitants of Lower Silesia is, in fact, priceless. To the turbulent fortunes and the multinational society that contributed to the history of the region, Lower Silesian people owe to this day enchanting and mysterious castles, richly decorated palaces and magnificent sacred buildings, which together give larger or smaller towns and villages of which they are treasures a truly unique character. ...

The Okraj Pass and the Na Przełęczy Okraj shelter

The pass is located in the eastern Karkonosze Mountains and rises to a height of 1046 m above sea level.

Mirsk commune

An urban-rural commune in the south-western part of the Lower Silesia Province, situated at the foot of the Izera Mountains, on the route from Szklarska Poręba to Świeradów-Zdrój.

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.

Łomniczka Cirque

The largest and deepest post-glacial cirque in the Polish part of the Karkonosze Mountains is located just above Karpacz, between Kopa and Śnieżka mountains.

The Mały Staw Cirque

Undoubtedly - one of the most beautiful places in the Karkonosze Mountains.

Hala Szrenicka

From this high-mountain meadow, surrounding the main ridge of the Karkonosze on both sides, there is a beautiful panorama of the Jizera Mountains.

Ideas for an active weekend in Lower Silesia

If you like spending time actively, check out the blog of Łukasz Kędzierski, a traveler and photographer, and learn about his suggestions.