Wrocław and the Sudety Mountains (the Eastern Part)

Wrocław and the Sudety Mountains (the Eastern Part)

 

Day 1:

Arrival to Wrocław. Transfer from the airport to the hotel.

 

Day 2:

Wrocław – a walking tour through the city: the Racławice Panorama (a famous painting depicting a victorious battle of the Polish uprisers commanded by T. Kościuszko against the Russian army in 1794), Cathedral Island with the Gothic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the Archbishops Palace, Cathedral Bridge (called the Bridge of Lovers), Sand Island with the Blessed Virgin Mary Church and a picturesque boulevard on the bank of the Oder River; the Old Town: a Baroque ensemble of the Ossolineum Institute and the main building of the University with the ceremonial hall Aula Leopoldina, the ancient butchers’ houses, the medieval prison, the former castle of  Prussian kings (now the Municipal Museum), the Market Square with the Gothic Town Hall and merchants’ houses. It is also possible to make an extra tour around the District of 4 Confessions and along Świdnicka Street.

 

Day 3:

Continuation of the tour around Wrocław: Centennial Hall – one of the largest dome-shaped reinforced concrete structures in the world (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Szczytnicki Park with the Japanese Garden, a boat cruise on Odra River or a ride with a vintage tram through the city. Transfer to Kłodzko with a short break to see the leaning tower in Ząbkowice.

 

Day 4:

Kłodzko – the most important town in the eastern part of the Sudety mountains: a visit to the interior of an Austrian fortress, enlarged later by Prussians after they conquered Silesia in the 18-th century, view terraces (panorama of the town and Klodzko Valley). Wambierzyce, called often Silesian Jerusalem: a visit to the shrine of Virgin Mary – the Basilica with the miraculous medieval wooden statue of Virgin Mary, the largest ensemble of chapels of the Way of the Cross and various scenes from the Bible (altogether 135 stands and chapels), the mechanical Christ Child’s creche from the 19-th century, made of wood, one of the oldest and most magnificent in Europe. Duszniki Zdrój - the health resort, where F. Chopin gave a concert in 1826: the Museum of Papermaking (placed in an original wooden building of a former water mill from the 17-th century) or a short walk around the spa with an opportunity to see the house where Chopin gave the concert, two monuments of Chopin, the park and a visit to the drinking hall. Transfer to Kudowa Zdrój.

 

Day 5:

Transfer to Karłów (a village in the Góry Stołowe) and hiking to Szczeliniec Wielki (the highest mountain in the Góry Stołowe – 919 m above sea level). Then visiting a unique nature reserve on the plateau – an unforgettable walk through the labyrinths and gaps between sandstone rocks. Kudowa Zdrój: a visit to the Skull Chapel in Czermna, walking through a large spa park, a visit to the drinking hall.

 

Day 6:

Transfer to the Góry Sowie (the Owl Mountains). A visit to a huge system of underground corridors constructed by Germans on military purposes during the World War II (one of the 3 places that are open for visitors - Walim, Osówka or Włodarz). Transfer to Wałbrzych. A visit to Książ (the largest castle in Silesia, the 3rd largest in Poland, the former residence of dukes of the Piasts Dynasty, from the 16-th century till the World War II it was a property of the German family Hochberg). A visit to the stud farm.

 

Day 7:

Świdnica (in the Middle Ages used to be one of the most important cities of Silesia): a visit to the evangelical Church of Peace (a huge structure constructed of wood, loam and straw in the 17-th century after the Westfalian Peace Agreement, now a UNESCO World Heritage site), a walking tour around the Old Town with a possibility of visiting the Roman Catholic Cathedral (one of the most beautiful in Silesia). Transfer to Wrocław Airport.