Tourism

Lower Silesia attracts tourists

Tourism is considered one of the fundamental branches of Lower Silesia’s development. Environmental conditions, the landform, the richness of nature, the health-friendly microclimate, unique places and numerous monuments – including the UNESCO World Heritage – make the region a popular tourist destination.

Lower Silesia offers areas of magnificent forests, backwaters of rivers with landscape parks, unique flora and fauna, picturesque lowland, mountain and rock landscapes. Our region is also many historical cities and towns with amazing monuments of culture and a modern infrastructure, ski slopes and lifts, bobsleigh tracks, bicycle trails, horse riding centres, kayaking and rafting, glider flights and rock climbing.

Tourist attractions
Świdnicka street

Gems of architecture

The cultural richness of the region is of great importance for the Lower Silesian tourism. There are multiple high-class monuments that are considered true gems. On the UNESCO World Heritage List there are:

  • the Centennial Hall in Wroclaw – a monumental cylindrical building that’s 65 meters in diameter and 45 meters high
  • the Peace Church in Świdnica – a 17th century building considered the biggest wooden temple in Europe
  • the Peace Church in Jawor – it was built in 1654-1655.

Richness of nature

Undoubtedly, a very unique tourist attraction of the region are the KARKONOSZE – formerly called the Giant Mountains. It’s the highest mountain range of the Sudety (and also of the Czech Republic) and it belongs to the UNESCO Global Geopark Network.

Lower Silesia has been known for its mineral waters since the middle ages. There are several spas here with various offers and unique microclimates. The spa waters support the treatment of: rheumatism, nerve pain, heart disease, skin, cardiovascular system, digestive system and others.

Nature
Healing properties

Healing properties of the region

The voivodeship has a complex of spas and hospitals, where the elderly, as well as children can acquire professional help. The Sanatoria Dolnośląskie company includes buildings located in the most beautiful parts of the region. The smooth and refreshing mountain climate helps with the healing process, and the healthy properties of the mineral springs found here (bicarbonate-sodium-calcium-magnesium mineral waters) have been known for a few hundred years.

Beautifully located towns, in addition to spa values, also have an interesting cultural and tourist offer. The healing qualities of the local waters have made the towns of the region become fashionable spa resorts. In the 19th century Frederic Chopin, among others, was a frequent guest here.

Castles and palaces

Lower Silesia is also the land of castles and palaces. No other region in Poland has that amount of those types of buildings. One in four Polish castles or palaces is located here. The most famous ones are: the 12th century Grodno castle, the 13th century Bolków, Chjnik and Czoha castles as well as the 13th century Książ, which was later rebuilt in the 18th and 19th century. The underground secret passages and corridors created here during World War II were supposed to be Hitler’s headquarters.

Castles and palaces
Rich cultural offer

Rich cultural offer

The cultural offer of Lower Silesia is equally as rich. Wrocław is, for example, the origin of many world-class artists – Jerzy Grotowski and Henryk Tomaszewski. It is also a place of many festivals, the most famous being the International Wratislavia Cantans Oratorian and Cantata Festival with over 40 years of tradition. The cultural background of Lower Silesia is made up of 60 theatres, 3 philharmonics, an opera, over 100 museums, many art galleries and cinemas.

In 2016 Wrocław was named the European Capital of Culture and the following year it was the host of the 2017 World Games.

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