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Being in the Owl Mountains be sure to visit the lookout tower on The Great Own (Wielka Sowa), the highest peak of the range rising to a height of 1015 m. The twenty-five-meter tall tower is a symbol of these mountains. Built in 1906, it was constructed as a result of a then prevailing cult of the first Chancellor of the German Reich Otto von Bismarck. As many as 240 towers were built around the world on the same initiative. From it we can admire the vast views of almost all the Sudetes from the Giant Mountains to the Snieznik Massif and, on clear days, we will also see Wroclaw. Other worth seeing vantage points include the tower of the Assumption of Mary church in Bielawa, the tower on the summit of Kalenica and the Silver Mountain (Srebrna Gora) Fortress, which is also an extremely original monument of military architecture.

The Owl Mountains attract many tourists also thanks to medieval castles and picturesque ruins. You must see the magnificent, Grodno Castle, near Zagorze Slaskie. In Zagorze, it is worth seeing the spectacular dam on The Bystrzyca River and the Lubachow Lake created as a result of it. The castle in Owiesnie and the ruins of Rogowiec Castle are also very impressive.

It is impossible not to mention Osowka Underground City – made available for visiting the largest part of the complex of underground corridors and halls located in the Owl Mountains. Osowka is a part of the ‘Riese’ project carried out by the German Nazis from 1943 to 1945. It is probable that Nazi weapons factories were to be established in the network of underground corridors. According to other sources, some of them were to be Hitler’s headquarters and the headquarters of the German armed forces. In Osowka, you can see 1,700 m of underground tunnels and two large ground structures.

 

Similarly imposing are Walim Adits which also were a part of the ‘Riese’ project. The ‘Little River’ (‘Rzeczka’) complex consists of 500 m of corridors with impressive halls hiding the deepest obscurities of World War II: prisoners from the Gross Rosen camp were used to build them and most of them died of inhuman working conditions, diseases and hunger.

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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

Ząbkowice Śląskie

It is no coincidence that Ząbkowice Śląskie, called the City of the Leaning Tower and Frankenstein, is an extraordinary town in Lower Silesia with unique attractions. It is here that the only such Leaning Tower is located and it is in Ząbkowice Śląskie that the terrible story about Frankenstein has its roots.

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

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.

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").

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.

Museum of Industry and Railway in Silesia in Jaworzyna Śląska

Museum of Industry and Railway in Silesia in Jaworzyna Śląska is a large European scale railway museum established in 2005 in a historic depot of 1908 in Jaworzyna Śląska in Lower Silesia.

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.

Dzierżoniów County

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

Religious Heritage in Lower Silesia

So why did the monks travel?

Przerzeczyn-Zdroj

Przerzeczyn Zdroj is a spa town in the commune of Niemcza, located in a quiet place in the Sudetes Foreland at an altitude of about 240 meters above the sea level near the springs of the Sleza river.

The Leaning Tower in Zabkowice Slaskie

Currently, the tower's deviation from the vertical is 2.12 m. whereas during measurements made in 1977 it was found that the deviation was only 1.98 m. Today the Leaning Tower acts as a viewpoint.

 

Other regions of Lower Silesia:

Kaczawa Foothills

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

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.

The Nysa, Kwisa and Bobr Rivers

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 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!

Sowie Mountains (Owl Mountains)

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 Massif

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.

The Trzebnickie Hills

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.

Walbrzych Land

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

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.

Giant Mountains and Jizera Mountains

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.

Lower Silesian Wilderness

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