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A border town with a centuries-old history, situated on the right bank of the Nysa Łużycka River, through which it borders the German Görlitz. Zgorzelec probably obtained city rights around 1215.

Zgorzelec probably obtained city rights around 1215, and much earlier, at least from the turn of the 10th and 11th centuries, there was a Slavic stronghold in this place, occupied by Bolesław the Brave. The city shared the fate of the entire Upper Lusatia, going through the periods of Czech, Saxon, Prussian and German rule, and under the treaty concluded at the Potsdam Conference, it finally got  within the borders of the Polish state that was being rebuilt from the war damage. The fighting on the eastern front for the crossing of the Nysa Łużycka successfully bypassed Zgorzelec itself, sparing the historic town buildings. They include, among others tenement houses and houses built over the course of several centuries, located in Przedmieście Nyskie, in the oldest part of the city – including the house of Jakub Böhme, a German philosopher and mystic who lived at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries, or the Lusatian Museum, opened in 2007. The most important points on the tourist map of Zgorzelec include at least a few more interesting places – the buildings that make up the former Kruczy Folwark (also called Scultetus Manor, after an outstanding scientist and multiple town councilor in Zgorzelec), palace and court complexes at Francuska street (baroque) and Henrykowska street (neo-baroque), or from the beginning of the 20th century, the monumental building of the Upper Lusatian Hall of Fame, currently the seat of the Municipal Cultural Centre. And these are just some of the attractions, of which we can find just as many on the German side, in Görlitz – one of the most beautiful cities of our western neighbors, to which crowds come not only on the occasion of the annual Christmas Market.

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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


In the latest #SzlakMaSmak campaign, we encourage you to taste Lower Silesia


The history of the city is closely related to the history of Silesia, which was joined to Poland in 990 by Mieszko I. In the north-western part of the region, inhabited for centuries by the Slavic Bobrzan tribe, a stronghold called Bolezlauez was established.

Mushroom picking

Passed down from generation to generation, the tradition of picking mushrooms in Poland dates back to the noble times, then this custom became a ceremonial described by Mickiewicz in the famous fragment of Pan Tadeusz - a common family mushroom picking

Kliczków Castle

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Lower Silesia by bike – www.dolnyslaskrowerem.pl

Do you like bikes? Do ride a bike alone, with family or friends? Find your way down easy and fast.

Bathing beaches in Lower Silesia

On hot summer days, we very often decide to rest by the water. Swimming in the pool or at the bathing beach often turns out to be the only opportunity to take a break from the heat that prevails in the city. Where to find the right places to spend a hot weekend? After all, there is no shortage of natural and artificial water reservoirs in Lower Silesia.

Religious Heritage in Lower Silesia

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