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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.

The past of Podgórzyn itself, as well as the surrounding areas around the village, from the very beginning was closely related to the presence of the Cistercians, who at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries began to use the nearby ponds for fish farming, thus creating probably the highest-located complex of breeding ponds in Europe. Later in Podgórzyn, in the local bell-foundry, bells and cannon barrels were produced, and periodically there are also smaller factories in the village (e.g. glass factory, glass and stone grinding shop, brewery).

The curiosities related to Podgórzyn include the so-called The Rock Rift, an approx. 30-meter gap in a block of granite rocks, and a historic tram from 1960 standing “Pod Skałką” (lit. Under the rock), commemorating half a century of operation of the line connecting Jelenia Góra and Cieplice with Podgórzyn. From the very beginning, the connection, which was very popular, made it easier for tourists and patients to reach the mountains – even for a short walk in the vicinity of the Podgórna Waterfall in Przesieka.

Above all,  Podgórzyn is an excellent starting point in the Karkonosze Mountains – regardless of whether you plan to go out on foot or by bike. In the first case, through Przesieka, within approx. 3 hours, we will reach the Karkonoska Pass and to the Odrodzenie mountain shelter, from where we have an open road in both directions (east and west). However, in the second – a great idea will be a trip around the Podgórzyn commune with a route running through the vicinity of Chojnik Castle, Cieplice Zdrój, Staniszów, Ściegny or Karpacz.

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