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Lower Silesia with its diversity and richness of its regions can undoubtedly compete with the most interesting places in the world. There are both the valleys of the Odra and Barycz rivers, the highlands of the Kaczawa Foothills and Walbrzych Land as well as the mountain ranges of the Karkonosze, Izera Mountains, Table Mountains and Owl Mountains.
It goes without saying that Lower Silesia is not only its capital city of Wroclaw, which is also the largest city of the region and it is most often associated with it. At almost 20 thousand km2, in the valleys of the Odra and Barycz Rivers, in the vast mountain ranges that are part of the Polish Sudetes, you can find real treasures of both cultural and natural heritage.
Over the centuries, in Lower Silesia the cultures of at least three nations – Polish, Czech and German – constantly met and, together, they shaped the extremely turbulent and dramatic history of the region. You can easily find its traces by following the trail of numerous castles, strongholds and fortresses (there are over 100 of them in Lower Silesia, the biggest number in Poland), crossing the corridors of mysterious and unexplored adits in Walim or Gluszyca (the Underground City of Osowka), or exploring, already known to the media around the world, the ‘Golden Train’, in which, as some say, the Nazis were to transport gold and robbed treasures of Polish culture to the territory of the Third Reich. And these are just few points on the historical and cultural map of the region.
Unforgettable experiences associated with trips to the countryside are provided by, among others: The Lower Silesian Forest, the largest forest complex in Poland and one of the largest in Europe, and the Barycz River Valley known for the richness of fauna and flora, where in the vicinity of the local Milicz Ponds you can meet very rarely seen white-tailed eagles. In addition, there are the Kaczawa Mountains and Foothills, due to the origin of most of its hills called the Land of Extinct Volcanoes, and finally there are the Karkonosze, Izera or Sowie Mountains – with beautiful mountain trails, unusual rock formations and downhill and cross-country trails, adapted to the needs of winter sports enthusiasts. It is impossible to forget about the spas located in Lower Silesia and visited, among others, by the famous German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Queen Marie Casimire Louise de La Grange d’Arquien (often called in Polish Marysienka), Jozef Wybicki or John Quincy Adams, later a president of the United States.
Regions of Lower Silesia:
The Kaczawa Mountains and Foothills, known as the Land of Extinct Volcanoes, is the northernmost fragment of the Western Sudetes. It primarily delights with nature and landscapes. Ostrzyca is the highest hill here - its characteristic silhouette, visible from many kilometers, is reminiscent of Japanese Fujiyama.
The Barycz River Valley is mainly visited by nature enthusiasts. Milicz Ponds, known to all ornithologists, are a refuge for many species of birds and their flights attract hundreds of observers to this area. Equally impressive are walks along picturesque levees, especially at sunset or sunrise.
Located on the border with Germany, the region has enjoyed the recognition of canoeing enthusiasts for years. They have both typical mountain and calmer river sections at their disposal. However, it is enough to pull the kayak ashore to see that there are also other attractions in the region.
The Odra River Valley - the largest of the sub-areas of Lower Silesia - is also the heart of the entire region. Only Wroclaw, in which Odra flows with several branches, provides attractions for many days of sightseeing. And this is just the beginning!
The picturesque Owl Mountains, the Central Sudetes range, delight with amazing landscapes that can be admired from many viewpoints. They are a wonderful place for hiking and biking tours and, in winter, breathtaking views can be admired while cross-country skiing on the many trails prepared for especially it.
The Sleza Mountain, rising above the surrounding area at 718 meters above sea level, is located about 30 km southwest of Wroclaw. It is close enough not to have to go too far from the capital of Lower Silesia and to be able to experience the pleasures that a hike gives. And this is why crowds of, not only of Polish, hikers come every day to the summit of this Silesian Olympus.
Trzebnica Hills, also known as the Cat Mountains, are distinguished by their picturesqueness and a dense network of walking and cycling routes encourages active relaxation in the fresh air.
An industrial town called Walbrzych was, until recently, mainly associated with mines, smelters and other large factories. It became famous thanks to the secret of the Golden Train. Does the train allegedly hidden in the underground of Walbrzych really exist? So far it is not known. What is known, however, is that Walbrzych Land is one of the most interesting natural and cultural corners of Poland.
Klodzko Land, whose central part is Klodzko Valley surrounded by the ranges of the Bystrzyca, Table and Bardo Mountains as well as the Massifs of Snieznik, is one of the most beautiful regions of Poland. It attracts visitors with its wild nature and fantastic tourist conditions with downhill runs, spa towns and a rich accommodation base.
The Karkonosze or Giant Mountains, the highest range of the Sudetes with Sniezka rising 1603 m above the sea level, have amazed people for hundreds of years and it is hard to believe that these mountains are so little known in Poland today. The Jizera Mountains with the Foothills are, in turn, the westernmost part of the Polish Sudetes. The picturesque, captivating Jizera landscape is dominated by wide valleys and hills with elongated, gentle slopes.
Wild, rich in fauna and flora, and above all beautiful and picturesque, especially at sunrise, when its rays pierce the rising fog, creating an amazing light spectacle