Dolnoslaskie region

Mysterious tunnels, castles on high hills, mansions hidden in romantic parks – when it comes to the number and beauty of the castles, the Dolnoslaskie Voivodship (Lower Silesia) can compete with many places in Europe. Even at times with the Loire Valley.

Even though the Dolnoslaskie voivodship is located in south-western Poland it can be considered to be located almost in the center of Europe also. And in every respect.

Lower Silesia has seen many changes in rulers up to 1945: it has come under the authority of Czechs, Poles, Habsburgs and Germans. The rich and turbulent history of the region is visible in the emblem of its capital: Wroclaw. The Silesian eagle is next to the Czech lion and St John the Baptist with the Evangelist.

The historic turmoil has also left its traces in the landscape. The post-Cistercian monastery complexes (Lubiaz, Trzebnica, and Krzeszow) are neighbours with Protestant Churches of Peace in Jawor and Swidnica. Built without any nails, they are the largest wood and clay constructions in Europe!

You can visit several hundred year old health resorts in Lower Silesia, closed down mines (for example gold mines) and underground factories built by the Nazis. The Sudety range, (where a post office was located, the highest in Europe in the 19th century), is rich in mineral waters and semiprecious stones and is an important treasure of the Voivodship.

The multi-culturalism of the region is enthusiastically presented by the Lower Silesians during festivals and re-enactments of historical events, during which Prussians, Austrian and Napoleonic soldiers appear with Polish soldiers. The beautifully reconstructed old towns of Wroclaw, Swidnica, Kłodzko or Jelenia Gora are vibrant with life, and the city of Wroclaw itself has become a citizen of the world.

The capital city of the region is in fact known world wide for its festivals. The most important of them, Wratislavia Cantans, has been a meeting place for prominent international artists, conductors and orchestras for over 40 years, and the Lower Silesian Opera is known for the spectacular productions of the works of Wagner performed in the modernist Centennial Hall, designed by Max Berg. This first of its kind reinforced concrete construction has been short listed by UNESCO

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