Do you think you have explored Wrocław and its neighbourhood quite well enough? Maybe you have, but I’d still recommend you to go through this blog because sometimes you get all pompous and miss something significant. Who knows, you might discover something exciting in your vicinity! Lower Silesia is remarkably rich nature spots & most of the tourists don’t even consider going beyond Wroclaw City Center. Of course, Wroclaw is the heart of Lower Silesian region but it’s time to look around the city & delve into nature’s quietude that this region is known for!
There are plenty of places near Wroclaw that make for Poland’s top tourist attraction. It is no secret that Poland’s immense nature & rich architectural preserve has left millions of tourists compelled and humbled. Lower Silesia in southwestern Poland bordering Czech Republic & Germany is absolutely a traveller’s joy.
The Silesian Lowland, Sudetes Foreland, and the Sudetes Mountains along with Karkonosze Mountains for the gorgeous nature escape in Lower Silesia. Club all these magnificence with some architectural wonders like the Church of Peace in Swidnica – the largest wooden baroque church in the world, Ksiaz, and Grodno Castle, and you’ll savour every moment spent exploring places near Wroclaw in the Lower Silesian voivodeship.
I know it’s not all, and there’s a lot more you can explore besides all the places suggested below, but believe me, these are the hidden gems of Lower Silesia and a must-visit! The best part, however, is that all of these places are under a 2-hour drive from Wroclaw. My visit to these places made me fall in love with the great natural diversity of this part of Poland.
Take a look at these 14 most compelling places to visit near Wroclaw!
1. Mt. Ślęża
Right through the thick forest canopy in Sobotka town lies one of the most scenic spots of Lower Silesia some 35 km from Wroclaw. And it certainly is a pleasant escape for everyone yearning for the scent of the pine. A hike to Mt. Sleza is just perfect because Lower Silesia is more than captivating riverfronts & drool-worthy medieval architectures skirting the city centres.
Buses make for the most reliable and the quickest option to travel to Sobotka Town from where Sleza Mountain is a 5 km hike. There is a beautiful church & a nice resting place at the top of the mountain.
Distance from Wrocław: 44 km, 46-minute drive
2. Milicz Nature Reserve (Stawy Milickie)
Milicz Nature Reserve is a profound abode of migratory birds in general & carp fish in particular. The beautiful ponds (Stawy Milickie) separated by a bridge are quite close to the Milicz Railway Station & lies perfectly in nature’s lap. Entirely covered in exciting autumn colours Milicz is a nature lover’s fancy. A rustic museum along with an old windmill, a tranquilising countryside, and a massive nature park adorn the surroundings so aptly.
In Barycz Valley region you can also visit Malinea, the place where you can try and buy ecological homemade juice from fruits. Among others, there’s a Museum of Fishery in Ruda Sułowska where you can also buy carp. Nearby, there is an eatery that serves the best pierogies in Barycz Valley.
Distance from Wrocław: 60 km, 51 minute drive
3. Park Krajobrazowy Gór Sowich or Owl Mountains Landscape Park
The Silesian Uplands, Sudetes, and Karkonosze have few exotic places to visit near Wroclaw with all those tiny countryside suburbs that are worth your visit. All of these places make for a super quick day trip from Wroclaw. Let’s say that these quaint towns and mountain hamlets are picturesque, obscure, thrilling yet enchanting in every way, basking in nature’s glory and tempting you into a visit. Bielawa is one such town located 65 km from Wroclaw! Now that’s an ideal proportion for me, and perhaps you too!
Bielawa rests in the foothills of the oldest mountains in Europe – the Owl Mountains, and Sowie Mountains Landscape Park, the primary reason that drives the tourists and those from the neighbouring town there. The town has a great attraction in the form of the lake reservoir that can be spotted immediately after getting down from the train. With all those alluring old-fashioned buildings, Bielawa Town had my curiosity. The fancy mountain huts and hotels, and even the government buildings had the charm of the Disneyland.
Tempting as it sounds, Park Krajobrazowy Gór Sowich is nothing less than a winter wonderland during winter in Poland. For everyone planning a trip to Poland in winter, this hike is easily doable and must be essentially on your Poland trip itinerary. You have to spare an entire day to explore the best of this trail that starts after you disembark at Bielawa Zachodnia (Main Train Station).
Distance from Wrocław: 65 km, 1 hour 30 minute drive
For complete details of the hike, read the blog – A Quick Hike To The Owl Mountains Just 1.5 Hour From Wroclaw Is All You Need This Winter!
4. Grodno Castle
Wałbrzych Mountains are home to some stunning tourist attractions in Lower Silesia in southwestern Poland and Grodno Castle is one of them. Formerly known as Kynsburg, Grodno castle is perched on Choina Mountains, some 450 meters tall, in southern Wałbrzych.
Hailed as a formidable medieval fortress, Grodno can be visited for multiple attractions that include, splendid architecture, the rare ensembles and trophies in the form of exquisite animals hunted in the forest around Wałbrzych, the stunning viewing deck located atop of the castle offering glorious views of the Bystrzyca Świdnicka valley around, and some strange instruments of medieval torture kept in the castle basement.
Don’t forget to climb all the stairs to reach the top of the castle to watch some stunning views. Grodno is a perfect half-day tour from Wroclaw.
Distance from Wrocław: 68 km, 1 hour 5 minute drive
5. “Riese” Complex – Włodarz
Riese translates to ‘giant’ in German. It was the name given to the project for the construction of seven underground structures located in the Owl Mountains and Książ Castle in Lower Silesia during Nazi Germany times. Back then it was a German territory but now a territory of Poland. Be prepared to get stunned by some breathtaking work deep in the Włodarz Mountain.
Quite interestingly, none of them was finished, and all are in different states of completion with only a small percentage of tunnels reinforced by concrete. The purpose of the project remains uncertain because of the lack of documentation. Some sources suggest that all the structures were part of the Führer Headquarters; while others mention that it was a combination of headquarters and arms industry.
Distance from Wrocław: 75.5 km, 1 hour 15 minute drive
6. Książ Castle, Walbrzych
Książ Castle in Walbrzych is the largest castle in Lower Silesia and indeed one of the most magnificent pieces of architecture in entire Poland. The castle is located in Książ Landscape Park, which is a protected area in the Wałbrzyski Foothills.
From the 13th century onwards, the time from when one can find the true mention of the castle, this architectural masterpiece has been the place of residence of different Royal families. Though it got destroyed a few times it still stands tall & is a prominent tourist attraction in Lower Silesia.
From time to time, there were a lot of modifications done in the castle, and even different arrangements made for Adolf Hitler when he was supposed to visit the castle discreetly from the underground tunnel. But unfortunately, Hitler never made it there. Visit the castle for some surreal views and marvellous architecture.
Distance from Wrocław: 81 km, 1 hour 11 minute drive
Exciting sandstone cliffs, deep ravines, gorges, and stunning viewpoints carpeted in the thick forest canopy make Adrspach an allure for every outdoor lover. Speaking of the major highlights of the park, it is the serpentine trails in and around the park and the turquoise lake at the entrance that make it a great option among places to visit near Wroclaw.
Adršpach is a great day trip from Wroclaw that you can plan on a weekend. Don’t forget to check for the group ticket or weekend ticket offers from Koleje Dolnośląskie. It turns out to be a super-saver option, especially for students.
Distance from Wrocław: 103 km, 1 hour 43 minute drive
8. Krzeszów Monastery & church
Krzeszów Monastery and church are one of the finest examples of baroque architecture not just in Poland but the entire of Europe. The church is massive and is a dominating feature in the landscape in Krzeszów village region in Lower Silesia. Several pilgrims and tourists flock to this place which is a mere 1.5-hour drive from Wroclaw city.
If you are an art buff, then you must visit Krzeszów for some immacualte art and craftwork display.
Distance from Wrocław: 103 km, 1 hour 33 minute drive
The beautiful spa town of Polanica-Zdrój is a quintessential quick escape from Wroclaw. The town lies en route Stołowe Mountains as you’d be travelling from Wroclaw. Polanica-Zdrój can be perfectly clubbed with your trip to the table mountains for a perfect day trip from Wroclaw.
The spa town has a few geysers sprouting from underneath the ground. Pijalnia Zdrojowa is the most recognised spot to taste the geyser water which contains quite a few minerals with healing properties.
The water, which doesn’t taste nice, is also considered good for the stomach and people around the region come here to take water from the perpetually flowing water source. The beautiful streams crisscrossing the city in the central region and colourful birds patrolling the calm waters make it a visual delight for tourists. Some cheap and nice eateries around will surely tempt you to try some regional pierogies and doughnuts.
Distance from Wrocław: 105.4 km, 1 hour 30 minute drive
10. Rudawy Janowickie, Sokolik
Fancy a lush nature area to go hiking near Wroclaw? Then head to Sokoliki in Rudawy Mountains where a scenic nature trail awaits you amidst lush nature. Sokoliki also remains a hot favorite among rock climbers in the Lower Silesian region, and the best part is, it’s located just 2 hours away from Wroclaw.
The stunning landscape from the viewing point located atop the rocks makes it worth for every nature lover.
Quite often, Sokoliki is referred to as Falcon Mountains, and it can be easily reached by taking a Koleje Dolnośląskie train from Wroclaw to Trzcińsko. You have to park your vehicle at Karpnicka Pass if you decide to go there by road. The hike from the base takes almost 45 minutes to complete.
Enroute to the top of the Falcon Mountains…
Don’t forget to visit Szwajcarka Chalet near the parking spot. The hike is a cakewalk & fun for people of any age group!
Distance from Wrocław: 110 km, 1 hour 45 minute drive
11. Stołowe Mountains
More popular as the Table Mountains, the Stołowe Mountains are a perfect nature escape to plan a hiking near Wroclaw. Stołowe is located in the heart of Sudetes – one of the oldest mountains in Europe! The Stołowe Mountains National Park is a part of the 42-kilometre-long mountain range that spreads from Poland up to the Czech Republic.
If you are fond of hiking, then go there for some fascinating wintry landscapes. The hike from the base to the top of the Table Mountains takes not more than 1.5 hours. If you are too slow, then 2 hours should be good enough for you.
Distance from Wrocław: 122.3 km, 1 hour 48 minute drive
12. Jelenia Góra & Karpacz
One of my favourites, Karpacz is a lovely town tucked in the Karkonosze Mountains in Lower Silesia. Jelenia Gora isn’t far and is just a 20-minute drive away. If you plan to visit Karkonosze National Park by train then you must come all the way to Jelenia Gora and then take a bus to Karpacz.
Karpacz serves as a premier ski resort in Karkonosze region and an ideal option for hiking near Wroclaw. Some wonderful nature escapes in the mountains, sprawling streams, the 12th-century Wang Church perched above Karpacz, and the observatory at the Sniezka top are the highlights of this trip.
Sniezka, at 1603 m, is one of the highest points in Lower Silesia, and the highest point in the entire Czech Republic. The peak is enclosed by Czechia on one side while Poland on the other.
Cable cars ply from Karpacz to Sniezka but I’d recommend a hike in the park to experience this place at its best. It will be worth your while! You have to buy an entrance ticket to the Karkonosze National Park. Good news for students, they have a student discount for you! 😉
Distance from Wrocław: 125 km, 1 hour 53 minute drive
13. Kaplica Czaszek, Kudowa Zdrój
I’d rather maintain this pretty town in the foothills of the Table Mountains as the spooky one! Kudowa-Zdrój is a spa city in southwest Poland known for sprouting mineral waters.
But I’ll remember it for its unique Skull Chapel, the chapel made from skulls and bones of war victims and those who perished during massive disease outbreaks! The Chapel also puts Kudowa Zdrój in the list locations to go for dark tourism in Poland. Poland already has some world famous dark tourism locations in The State Museum of Majdanek in Lublin, Auschwitz, and Belzec. Among others, there is a Toy Museum in Kudowa Zdrój that includes dolls, puppets and spooky toys.
And this is how the exteriors of Kaplica Czaszek or Skull Chapel look like! Photography is prohibited inside the Chapel.
Distance from Wrocław: 129 km, 1 hour 50 minute drive
14. Zgorzelec & Gorlitz
Magnificent, rustic, and an abundance of old charm! Gorlitz is one of those glorious places near Wroclaw that must be explored! This town in Southeastern Germany is written alongwith its twin sister Zgorzelec, the Southwestern Polish town. They are separated by Lusatian Neisse river.
Go there if you are looking for a quiet city break. Relaxed oldies sipping a beer and others tiptoeing around the city center area is a common sight on a beautiful day.
Movies buffs would certainly draw a lot of inspiration form the fact that the likes of The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inglorious Bastards, and The Reader were shot here! Need I say more?
Distance from Wrocław: 175 km, 1 hour 53 minute drive
Since Lower Silesia is immense and has plenty of places to visit near Wroclaw. All of these places are endowed with all these magnificent nature spectacles. I suggest you to go out on the weekends and explore as much as you can. The impressive nature beauty & architectural magnificence will satiate the wanderlust in you!
Did you too find some places to visit near Wroclaw that you think are extraordinary? Go on & suggest me in the comments below! Thank you for reading. Stay adventurous friends!