Jelenia Góra is a city of almost 100 thousand located a little over 100 kilometers west of Central Wrocław. It is
one of the most beautiful cities of its size in Poland, and is surrounded by mountains and hills. The city boasts
a beautiful Old Town with many colorful tenement-house-filled streets and a Market Square filled with urban life
and restaurants. It can also offer other attractions, such as the cobblestone towers and the Church of the Holy Cross.
It takes a little below 2 hours to get there by car
, or you can get there by train
in 2 hours. This will cost you
around 30 zł [7.0 EUR]. Trains
depart every hour or so.
Market Square from above
Church of the Holy Cross
A city located 120 kilometers west of Central Wrocław, with beautiful forest surroundings. Today, Bolesławiec boasts
a beautifully-renovated city centre consisting of a Market Square and City Hall. Other than that, it is a cozy
city and a great place to really experience Polish life outside of large cities like Wrocław. Other things to see
while in Bolesławiec are the city walls, the ruins, and the large aqueduct running above the city's river.
It takes about 90 minutes to get to Bolesławiec from Central Wrocław by car
. You can also get there by public transport (train
in 90 minutes, which will cost you around 22 zł [5.1 EUR].
Kłodzko & Czermna
Located near the Czech-Polish border
, Kłodzko is a city with many beautiful pieces of architecture and history to offer.
Firstly, there is the Old Town and the City Hall located in its heart. This is a beautiful area for a stroll and a great place
to witness Poland's mountain culture. During this walk
, it will be impossible to miss the enormous fortress located just
north of the city centre. It has been looming over the city ever since its construction in the 17th
Tours of the fortress depart at least every hour, and tickets can be purchased for less than 20 zł [4.7 EUR].
See the official website of Kłodzko Fortress
Czermna, on the other hand, is located an additional 40 kilometers west of Kłodzko, but is home to one of the
most extraordinary tourist attractions we have ever seen. It is a chapel with walls made entirely of human
bones - especially skulls. It costs 5 zł [1.1 EUR] to enter the chapel - and it's truly worth it.
It takes a bit less than 2 hours to get to Kłodzko by car
from Wrocław. Then, the trip to Czermna takes
an additional 45 minutes. To get to Kłodzko from Wrocław by public transport, you must take a train
Wrocław Main Station for 20 zł [4.7 EUR] - it takes 90 minutes. To get to Czermna from Kłodzko, you can then
take a 50-minute bus
to Kudowa Zdrój for 13 zł [3.0 EUR] and walk
to the chapel (it's a 20-minute walk).
I just want to say that, if you like mountains and rented a car, go to both of these places.
If you don't have a car, only go to Kłodzko. It is such a unique place.
Kłodzko Old Town
Kłodzko City Hall
Chapel of Skulls in Czermna
Książ Castle is the biggest caslte in Southwestern Poland. The first version was completed by the end of the 13th
and since then the castle has been overlooking the entire area. Surrounded by nature, it is a great place for hiking, photography, a picnic,
or perhaps a one-night stay. Today you can also enter the castle for a guided or unguided tour, starting at around 30 zł [7.0 EUR].
Książ Castle lies 75 kilometers southwest of Wrocław, and it takes roughly 1 hour to get there by car
. You can also take
the public transport, in which case you're out of luck. The only way is to take a train
to Wałbrzych Szczawienko, which
takes 1 hour and costs around 15 zł [3.5 EUR] and then walk
to the castle, which takes around 1 hour.
I may be biased, but I'm pretty sure that this is the most beautiful castle in this part of Europe, maybe next to Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. Go there.
Karkonosze National Park
Karkonosze National Park is among Poland's most prominent national parks, and it is located around 100 kilometers southwest
of Wrocław. It is home to a handful of endemic plants, but also to animals such as beavers, foxes, and mufflons. It is
also very famous for its two picturesque main towns - Karpacz and Szklarska Poręba, which are great starting points
for hiking into Karkonosze.
The park (Karpacz) is reachable by car
in around 2 hours, and by train
(Szklarska Poręba) in about 3 hours,
costing about 26 zł [6.1 EUR].
nature in the park
the town of Karpacz