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.