Do you think you have explored Wrocław quite well enough? Maybe you do, but I’d still recommend you to go through this blog. Who knows, you might discover something really exciting in your neighbourhood! Lower Silesia is remarkably rich in nature & 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 in the vicinity of 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 nature’s magnificence with some architectural wonders like the Church of Swidnica, Ksiaz, and Grodno Castles, and you’ll savour every moment spent exploring the Lower Silesian voivodeship.
I know it’s not all and there’s a lot you can explore besides all the places suggested below, but you can believe me that these are the hidden gems of Lower Silesia and a must-visit! And the best part 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 13 most compelling tourist attractions around 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 ride
3. 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 ride
4. “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 min ride
5. 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
Exciting sandstone cliffs, deep ravines, gorges, and stunning viewpoints carpeted in the thick forest canopy make this place such an allure. 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 turn it into a nature seeker’s fancy.
And that’s the reason why it’s among the top attractions in Lower Silesia close to Poland-Czech border. Adršpach is a wonderful day trip from Wroclaw which you can plan on a weekend.
Distance from Wrocław: 103 km, 1 hour 43 min drive
7. 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 and architecture buff then you must visit Krzeszów for some stunning display of art and craftwork.
Distance from Wrocław: 103 km, 1 hour 33 min ride
The beautiful spa town of Polanica-Zdrój is a perfect 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 min ride
9. Rudawy Janowickie, Sokolik
Are you a rock climber who is fond of stunning landscapes? Then head to Sokoliki in Rudawy Mountains where a short nature hike awaits you amidst lush nature. People refer to it as the Mecca of 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 min ride
10. Stołowe Mountains
More popular as the Table Mountains, the Stołowe Mountains are a perfect nature escape located in the heart of Sudetes – one of the oldest mountains in Europe! 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 min ride
11. 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 down to Jelenia Gora and then take a bus to Karpacz.
Karpacz serves as a premier ski resort in Karkonosze region. 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 you to hike there. It will be worth your while. You have to buy an entrance ticket to the Karkonosze National Park, and they have a student discount as well! 😉
Distance from Wrocław: 125 km, 1 hour 53 min drive
12. 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! Among others, there is a Toy Museum that includes dolls, puppets and spooky toys from different periods.
And this is how the chapel looks from outside! Photography is prohibited inside the chapel!
Distance from Wrocław: 129 km, 1 hour 50 min ride
13. Zgorzelec & Gorlitz
Magnificent, rustic, and beaming with old charm! Gorlitz, the pretty town in Southeastern Germany and its twin sister town Zgorzelec, the Southwestern Polish town, are separated by Lusatian Neisse River.
Go there if you are looking for a quiet city break. Relaxed oldies sipping on a beer and classy German couples tiptoeing around the Untermarkt 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 min ride
Since Lower Silesia is immense and is endowed with all these magnificent spectacles, mostly nature, I suggest you to explore these places around if you have plans of staying in Wroclaw for a longer duration. The impressive nature beauty & architectural magnificence will satiate the wanderlust in you!
Did you too find some other attraction around Wroclaw that you think is equally stunning? Go on & suggest me in the comments below! Thank you for reading. Stay adventurous friends!