Wrocław and the Sudety Mountains (the Western Part)

Wrocław and the Sudety Mountains (the Western 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, 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.

 

Day 3:

Szklarska Poręba – a very popular mountain resort, in the past a village of glass makers and treasure hunters: walking to Kamieńczyk Waterfall – the biggest one in the Polish part of the Sudety Mountains (walking down the stairs to the bottom of a deep gorge that was created by falling water), the Museum of Earth (an interesting exposition of rocks and minerals, a souvenir shop), a show of glass melting in a traditional way. Jagniątków: the Museum of Gerhard Hauptmann – a very famous German writer, who lived here till 1946. Transfer to Karpacz.

 

Day 4:

All day-long hiking in the Giant Mountains (Karkonosze): A ride with the lift to Kopa (1375 m above sea level). Then hiking to Śnieżka (1603 m above sea level) – the highest mountain in the Sudety Mountains, also in Silesia and in the Czech Republic. Admiring a view from the summit, a short break in the hostel-restaurant. Walking down to the bottom of the former glacier cirque of Mały Staw (the Small Pond) (one of the most picturesque places in the Giant Mountains) - lunch in “Samotnia” hostel. Walking down to Karpacz, on the way a visit to the wooden church Wang – constructed in Norway in the 12-Ith century and transported to the Giant Mountains (Karkonosze) in the 19-th century.

 

Day 5:

Krzeszów: a famous shrine of Our Lady and a former Cistercian abbey – the Basilica of Our Lady is a pearl of Baroque art, the located nearby St. Josef Church is famous of its wall paintings by M. Willmann. The Czech part of the Góry Stołowe: walking through so-called Adrspach Rock Town (one of the most interesting nature reserves in the Middle Europe), a short raft trip in a small artificial lake between rocks.

 

Day 6:

Góry Wałbrzyskie (the Wałbrzych Mountains): Sokołowsko (in the past a very famous health resort, so-called Silesian Davos) - a short walk through the spa, a visit to the orthodox church. Views of Wałbrzych (the largest city in the Sudety Mountains and one of the most beautifully located, till 1980-th it used to be an important coal mining centre) from the coach. Książ (the largest castle in Silesia, the 3rd largest in Poland, 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.