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The Sudetes, a mountain range stretching in the south of Lower Silesia, are the oldest Polish mountains. According to many – also the most interesting. Whether you’re an avid geologist looking for minerals or you are fascinated by nature and unique fauna and flora, or passionate about unusual rock forms, or maybe you just like beautiful views and fresh air – you’ll find something for yourself!

Whoever has seen photos of Sudeten landscapes knows that at any time of the year, although some say especially in winter, it is impossible not to be charmed by them. The view from the Sniezka or Snieznik peaks over the mountains covered in white remains in the memory for a long time. So where should a tourist go to fully feel the atmosphere of Lower Silesia? Trails from Karpacz to the Wang Temple, from Szklarska Poreba to the Gorge and the Kamienczyk Waterfall, to the Szklarka Waterfall or to Szrenica should not cause difficulties even for less advanced mountain hikers. That is why they are great as a warm-up before more demanding routes. Before leaving it is worth spending a moment to visit the adit or the Park of Monument Miniatures in Lower Silesia in Kowary, then go towards the Colourful Lakes and continue to the summit of the Wielka Kopa. In the Kaczawa Mountains and, adjacent to them, the Kaczawa Foothills, which is an extremely charming and calm area with slight elevation of the terrain, if the weather is clear, there is a wonderful view of the entire Giant Mountains.

For those seeking long hikes the perfect route is the trail running along the ridge of the Karkonosze Mountains. With the starting point in Szklarska Poreba and the finish in Karpacz, of course with the obligatory ascent to the highest peak in the area – Sniezka – it is a great hike. A picturesque route that leads, among others, across Szrenica, Labski Szczyt, Sniezne Kotly and Wielki Szyszak, it is worth spreading out over two days to have time not only to admire the beautiful landscapes (including the famous rock forms called Pilgrims), but also to take a leisurely descent from the mountains and a short rest in the Samotnia Shelter with a view over the Little Pond. You can also take about a 20-kilometer trek from Szklarska Poreba to Swieradow-Zdroj, in the direction of the Jizera Mountains in the Western Sudetes. You will be able to see the town known already in the sixteenth century of the healing properties of the local springs or the famous Walk Hall in the Spa House.

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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.

A new underground tourist route at the Książ Castle

Wałbrzych - the capital of the Lower Silesian secrets, invites you

The Mały Staw Cirque

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

Mountain shelters of the Kłodzko Land

It is even hard to imagine how we would endure many hours of hiking in the mountains, if there wound't be a prospect of even a short rest on the route - in a shelter, providing a moment of rest from the wind, rain and snow, as well as the sun scorching in the summer.

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.

The Srebrna Góra Fortress offers completely new attractions

The fortress of Srebrna Góra has just completed its reconstruction works and has opened a new sightseeing route for tourists

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.

The white lady of the Grodno castle

For centuries, a white lady has haunted the Grodno castle. The local people said that she was the wife of the castellan of the castle, who, after losing her husband, threw herself from the walls into the abyss and wandered over them since then.

By bike through the Kłodzko region

The whole area is crossed by a dense network of tourist routes with excellent conditions for active tourism. The most common forms of it is cycling tourism.

Czarna Góra in summer

Czarna Góra in winter

Czarna Góra Resort - ski & leasure center

Karkonosze laborants

In the past, few people lived in the Karkonosze region. These areas were generally difficult to access, and any attempts to develop them were often associated with danger and threat. However, this did not discourage the medieval treasure hunters and precious gems seekers - Walloons.

Podgórna waterfall

It is the third highest - after the Kamieńczyk and Szklarka - waterfall in the Polish part of the Karkonosze Mountains. The water from Podgórna, flowing from the spring between Mały Szyszak and Tępy Szczyt, falls in three cascades from a 10-meter threshold in a narrow ravine, giving an extremely charming view.

Wysoki Kamień (The High Stone)

The peak in the Izera Mountains, located north-west of Szklarska Poręba, rising to a height of 1058 m above sea level. It offers a phenomenal panorama of the Karkonosze Mountains, the Kaczawskie Mountains and the Rudawy Janowickie Mountains - one of the best views provided by the nearby hills.

The Death Curve

This sharp, almost 180-degree curve, sometimes also called the Devil's Bend, was created in the second half of the 1930s, when the so-called The Sudeten Road, leading from Szklarska Poręba to Świeradów-Zdrój was constructed.

Wałbrzych

Picturesque location in the Wałbrzych Mountains, the vicinity of the Kamienne and Sowie Mountains, monuments, recreational facilities - all this creates unique conditions for sports, various forms of tourism and recreation throughout the year

Podgórzyn

A typical tourist village for this region in the Podgórna River valley in the Sudetes, at the foot of the Karkonosze Mountains, at the same time serving as the seat of the commune consisting of 10 small, but extremely charming mountain towns, including Borowice, Głębocka, Miłków, Przesieki and Ściegien.

Underground Tourist and Educational Route in the Old Uranium Mine in Kletno

Explore a place associated with mining for 600 years

With a chisel and a laugh – in Szklarska Poręba

Szklarska Poręba has become one large gallery again - in many places there are signposts carved in wood depicting humorous scenes. Similar buildings decorated this city before the Second World War. Unfortunately, none of them survived. How did it happen that the new ones were built?

Sanctuary in Wambierzyce

The Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wambierzyce is an impressive Baroque basilica from 1715-1723, erected by Count Francis Antoni von Goetzen.

Radków commune

An urban-rural commune located in the south-western part of the Lower Silesia Province, in an extremely picturesque region of the Kłodzko Valley, including, among others, middle and top floors of the Stołowe Mountains.

Walim Adits “RIESE” Centrum Turystyki i Kultury in Walim

From 1943, in the area of ​​the  Sowie Mountains, the Germans carried out large-scale construction works under the code name "Riese" ("Giant").

Villa Polanica

Villa Polanica - the atmosphere of a spa in an aura of comfort

Weekend trip to Książ Castle

Wałbrzych Land is one of the most interesting corners of Poland - the richness of the cultural heritage, combined with the mountain landscapes and the spa climate, gives a truly unique combination. The historic Książ Castle, a pearl of Lower Silesian architecture, cannot be missed on the weekend sightseeing map.

Śnieżnik Massif

The south-eastern corner of the Kłodzko Valley is occupied by the enormous Śnieżnik Massif. It is the second largest mountain group in the Polish Sudetes. It stretches from the Międzyleska Pass in the south to the Biała Lądecka valley, which separates it from the Złote Mountains.

Orlickie Mountains

The Orlickie Mountains is a range of the Central Sudetes almost entirely in the Czech Republic, and in Poland available only in the vicinity of Duszniki Zdrój and Zieleniec.

Bardzkie Mountains

Bardzkie Mountains - is an 18 km long mountain range located in the Central Sudetes, between the Sowie Mountains in the north-west and the Złote Mountains in the south-east. About halfway through the picturesque gorge it is crossed by the Nysa Kłodzka river.

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.

Błędne Skały (lit. Errant Rocks)

The Błędne Skały reserve is located at an altitude of 852 m above sea level, in the Stołowe Mountains National Park, and constitutes the western part of the Skalniak ridge (915 m above sea level).

Peat bog near Zieleniec

There are assumptions that the bog is a relic of the Ice Age, and its age was estimated at 7,600 years. The charm of this place was appreciated as early as 1919, when a nature reserve was established here - one of the first in Germany. In the interwar period, it was extended by building wooden piers and observation towers.

Srebrna Góra Fortress

Visit unconquered places! Visit the largest impregnable mountain fortress in Europe.

Riese Project

The Riese complex, an unfinished project carried out by Nazi Germany in the Sowie Mountains during the last years of the war (1943-1945), remains an unsolved mystery for historians and explorers (including speleologists).

MTB Zone of the Sudetes (Strefa MTB Sudety)

It is the only such place in Poland - the largest system of mountain bike routes in the heart of the Sudetes provides over 500 km of trails in the Sowie Mountains and the Suche Mountains, one of the most picturesque regions of Lower Silesia.

The mysterious Ślęża

Ślęża is for many tourists a cult mountain for Sunday and weekend excursions. This place has intrigued man for at least six and a half thousand years. It is from this period that the oldest artifacts of human presence in this area come from, incl. sculptures and stone buildings. What secrets does this ancient mountain hide?

Karkonosze (Giant Mountains)

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

Kamienna Góra

Located on one of the arms of the North-South Amber Route, perhaps the most important communication route in old Europe, Kamienna Góra has been for centuries a small trading town in the southern part of the region.

Hala Izerska and Chatka Górzystów

A vast meadow in the Izera Mountains, located on the popular tourist route connecting Szklarska Poręba with Świeradów-Zdrój.

Wang Temple

The history of this small wooden church, which has served the Evangelicals from Karpacz and the surrounding area for over 150 years, resembles a story straight from literature. How did it happen that one of the pearls of Scandinavian sacred architecture found its way to Silesia?

Jakuszyce

It is the highest district of Szklarska Poręba (included in the city in 1945), known primarily for the fact that the largest Polish cross-country skiing center is located here, in which international ski competitions are organized every year (including the one taking place at Polana Jakuszycka the famous Piast Race since 1976).

Uranium Mine in Kletno

The history of mining in Kletno is associated with the beginning of settlement in the region - miners, extracting iron ore from the mountains, appeared near the Śnieżnik Massif, most probably at the beginning of the 14th century.

Szrenica

The peak, 1,362 m above sea level, lies in the western part of the Karkonosze, south of Szklarska Poreba.

Kamieńczyk Waterfall in Szklarska Poręba

Located at the end of the approximately 100-meter-high, extremely narrow ravine, the Kamieńczyk Waterfall, falling into it with an almost 30-meter cascade, allows visitors to literally move into the world of fairy tales and ancient legends.

What to see in Świeradów-Zdrój

A health resort full of attractions.

Szklarska Poręba

The history of Szklarska Poręba was always bound with the progress of glass industry, with the search for precious gemstones, and from the 19th century with mountain tourism.

Hotel SPA Dr Irena Eris Polanica Zdrój

Polanica-Zdrój is not only a beautiful health resort, but also an excellent starting point for visiting the surrounding tourist attractions and a great place to relax.

About Papermaking Museum in Duszniki-Zdrój

Its origins date back to before 1562, and thanks to the efforts of the museum established in 1968, paper is also produced there today using methods used in the Middle Ages.

Stołowe Mountains

The Stołowe Mountains, closing the Kłodzko Valley on the west side, are the only plate mountains in Poland. These mountains are a kind of plateau with steep 200-meter faults.

Weekend trip around the Trzebnica Hills

Where in the immediate vicinity of Wrocław spend a weekend surrounded by picturesque landscapes, relaxing in the bosom of nature and spending time on a walk, cycling or tasting wines from local vineyards? The answer is very simple - in the Trzebnickie Hills region! We invite you to get to know the northern part of the Lower Silesia Province together.

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).

Suche Mountains

The Suche Mountains (lit. dry mountains) are the longest eastern part of the Kamienne(Stone) Mountains. Their western and southern boundaries are very clear - they are formed by the Ścinawka river valley at a length of 21 km from the area of Unisław Śl. through Mieroszów, the Czech Republic and Tłumaczów (the river crosses the border with the Czech Republic twice!), to the long village of Ścinawka, the center of which is already in the Kłodzko Valley....

Opawskie Mountains/ Zlatohorská Highlands

The Opawskie Mountains are a small range in the Eastern Sudetes, mainly in the Czech Republic, in Poland, occupying only the areas south of Głuchołazy and Prudnik in the vicinity of the famous holiday resort - Jarnołtówek. To the south-west and south they border the Jeseníky Mountains - a mountain group to which they actually belong. They are located in Silesia.

Karpacz

When the winter snows melt and the trails in the mountains become more friendly and accessible, many of you set off to the mountains to reach the highest peak of the Karkonosze Mountains and whole Lower SIlesia - Śnieżka. We understand it perfectly, because to be in Karpacz and not to stand on its top is like ... not to be in Karpacz.

Wilczki Waterfall in Międzygórze

Międzygórze is a small village in the Kłodzko Valley, nowadays known primarily as a tourist and leisure center and a starting point for tourists who want to go hiking in the Śnieżnik Massif in the Sudetes.

Weekend trip to Śnieżka

It is difficult to imagine such a trip to the Karkonosze Mountains, the most important point of which would not be climbing the Śnieżka towering over Karpacz (1602 m above sea level), the highest peak of the Sudetes. How to plan a trip to make the most of the time spent hiking in the mountains? Here is one of the suggestions.

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.

Cross-country skiing routes

Cross-country skiing has a long tradition in Poland – the biggest among numerous events is the Piast Race, organized on the routes of the Jakuszycka Glade for over forty years, in which several thousand cross-country enthusiasts take part every year.

Dzierżoniów County

Dzierżoniów County - a land at the foot of the Owl Mountains with an interesting history worth knowing.

Former gold mine in Złoty Stok (Kopalnia Złota w Złotym Stoku)

The underground tourist route will lead you through the most interesting corners of the mine, showing, among others, an underground waterfall and the unique Museum of Warnings and Appeals, i.e. a collection of plates mainly with health and safety regulations.

Giant tower Kostrzyca near Karpacz 100m

Dream Jump Karkonosze is the most beautifully situated jumping tower and the most extreme attraction of the Sudetes!

Sokole Mountains

climbing with great views

To climb or not to climb? That is the question…

The region of the Karkonosze, Rudawy Janowickie and Izerskie Mountains has been explored by rock climbers since the mid-twentieth century. Although the first paths were equipped with permanent belay only in the mid-90s by Tomasz Szałowski, the place became a Mecca for fans of this sport.

Little Japan – Japanese Garden Siruwia

A unique place - a piece of real Japan in the heart of the Karkonosze Mountains.