Ksiaz is located in Poland’s Lower Silesia region, within the administrative borders of Walbrzych. It is famous for The Ksiaz Castle situated on a rock cliff by the side of the Pelcznica River and surrounded by the forest. The Ksiaz Castle is Poland’s third largest castle. It was built in the 13th century. Today, after many changes the castle has about 400 chambers, over 200 fireplaces and is characterized by many different styles. The biggest and richest room is the 18th century ballroom- Maximilian Hall. The Baroque interior, splendid mirrors, antique mantelpieces offer a magnificent view. An ideal place to relax are lovely terraced gardens, located on the hills around the castle. The Ksiaz Castle also houses an art gallery, restaurants and three hotels. Its hugness, variety of architectural styles and picturesque setting will fascinate even the most demanding visitors.
Swidnica is a city in southwestern Poland, in Lower Silesia Voivodeship. The most important monument of Swidnica is a Chuch of Peace. It was one of the three places in Silesia where Protestantism was permitted after the Thirty Years’ War. Churches of Peace had to be built outside the city walls and made of wood with no nails or constructed of other materials like sand or clay in less than a year. In 2001 the Church of Peace in Swidnica was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another very interesting town building is a Gothic 14th century Cathedral. It is the largest church in Lower Silesia. The nave is 71 m long and 25 m high. The tower beside the church is the highest in Silesia (103 m high). The Town Hall, historic statues and nearby beautiful houses in the center of Swidnica attracts tourists attention.
Czestochowa is a city located in the heart of southern Poland in Silesian Voivodeship. It is known as the spiritual capital of Poland. The main place to visit in Czestochowa is the Monastery of Jasna Gora, which is home to the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary “Black Madonna”. A lot of people come to this icon to worship. They believe that the icon has healing power. Czestochowa is visited by 3-4 mln pilgrims every year. Lovers of history can enjoy the churches, monasteries, museums. An interesting industrial monuments of Czestochowa are: The Museum of Matches and The Railway History Museum. They are the part of Industrial Monuments Route. Moreover, there is a beautiful Town Hall in the Old Town Market Square. Walking along the Holy Virgin Mary Avenue you can feel the exceptional, spiritual atmosphere of the city.
Wroclaw is a city situated in southwestern Poland. It is the capital of the Lower Silesia Voivodeship. As a city on the Odra River Wroclaw has 12 islands and over 100 bridges. It is one of the oldest and largest cities in Poland. Wroclaw is a University city full of life, cultural events and museums. There are many interesting historical buildings like Market Square with the 14th -15th century Gothic Town Hall, the famous Leopoldin Hall at the University, Ossolineum Institute, Gothic Cathedral of St. John and many other churches, monasteries and convents on the Cathedral Island called Ostrow Tumski (the oldest part of Wroclaw). A particular attraction is the Battle of Raclawice Panorama- the famous painting by Jan Styka and Wojciech Kossak, depicting the victorious battle of the Polish rebelliants against the Russian army in 1794. There is also the Centennial Hall listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. It was constructed by the modernist architect Max Berg in 1911-1913 as a multi-purpose recreational building. Wroclaw boasts Poland’s largest and most famous zoo, botanical garden and Japanese garden. Everyone can find here something for himself.
The Karkonosze Mountains are the highest part of the Sudety mountain range. Large areas of the mountains are preserved as the Karkonosze National Park. The Park also includes two separate enclaves: Szklarka Waterfall and Chojnik Mountain with a castle. It is situated in southwestern Poland, along the border with the Czech Republic. The Karkonosze National Park was created in 1959. The most interesting features of the landscape are postglacial kettles with vertical walls, peat bogs, tarns, boulder fields and numerous single rocks. The highest peak of Karkonosze and the Sudety mountain range is Sniezka (1603 m above sea level), with a meteorological observatory on the top. Its slopes are covered with boulder field. In the Park there are over 1,300 different species of plants. Many of them are rare or endangered. In Karkonosze live several thousand species of animals: mammals: 60 species, amphibians: 6 species, reptiles: 6 species, vertebrates: over 320 species, invertebrates: about 15,000 species. The Park’s attraction are mouflons and red deers. Near the Park border, there is the Kamienczyk waterfall (27 m high)- the highest waterfall in the Polish part of Karkonosze. The Karkonosze National Park has a very good tourist infrastructure: mountain hostels, well-marked trails, bicycle routes, trails for skiing and possibility of crossing the Czech Republic border at tourist trails. Karpacz and Szklarska Poreba are the main tourist centres of the Karkonosze Mountains.
Rozanec is situated to the north of the city of Crnomelj, in the White Carniola region.
The significance of this place is related to the ancient god Mithra’s relief. His image was engraved on the wall in an abandoned quarry. It shows a young man killing a bull. Sculpture is now partially destroyed, because most of the local population for a long time believed that under the rock a golden calf may be hidden. Today the place is preserved through Bela Krajina Museum based in the Metlika castle and it is an essential site in southern Slovenia.
In the foot of the Gorjanci Hills there is Pleterje Charterhouse monastery- the only one preserved in Slovenia. Founded in 1407 by Herman II of Celje, it is today one of the most popular tourist destinations of southern Slovenia. Monastery, due to numerous damages had been constantly rebuilding. The only fully preserved medieval building in this complex is the magnificent church of the Holy Trinity with the characteristic elements of the gothic style.
Near the monastery there is Open Air Museum – an example of historical heritage of Slovenia. It forms small village cottages full of former costumes and tools used in the 19th century.
An additional attraction is the opportunity to buy new household products made by monks. As owners of many grounds located around the monastery, they grape’s plantations, growing fruit trees, bee-keeping, which they want to share to local people and tourists.
Crnomelj – once the most important strategic and military town, today it is truly historic and cultural heritage of Slovenia. The city is the seat of the municipality Crnomelj located in the south-eastern part of the traditional region of White Carniola.
Important sites of the town are mainly churches. Built on prehistoric ruins left by the Romans, the church of the Holy Spirit is a true Gothic pearl. Next to it are also remarkable churches: St. Sebastian’s and St. Peter’s, built in the 16th century.
Crnomelj areas are surrounded by many forests, full of beech and fir trees, creating a very bright landscape of this place. Wildlife of Crnomelj is the site of numerous scenic routes and attract many people looking for an escape into nature.
In the heart of the region of Lower Carniola, near the border with Croatia there is a small tow called Metlika.
The biggest attraction of the place is the 15th century castle of Metlika located on the top of a Obrh Creek hill. Originally the seat belonged to the rulers of the Alps, it was the point of defense against hostile nations. Today the old castle houses the Museum of White Carniola. The exhibition presents the history of the local area. In the old stables of the castle there is a museum as well, Slovene Firefighting Museum.
An additional advantage of this place is also the fauna and flora of the region of Lower Carniola. Even the name of the city Metlika means the same as ,,Goosefoot”. Nature of the land is still largely intact by man. In spite of large groups of tourists visiting the place every year, there is one of the cleanest rivers in Slovenia.
For those who love wine, Metlika city organizes every year festival called Vinska vigred. Participants have the opportunity to taste wine, taste local culinary specialities as well as listen to the sounds of Sovenian folk music.
Brezice is a town in the south-eastern part of Slovenia. As a tourist attraction The Lower Sava Valley attracts many tourists every year because of the rich historical and cultural heritage.
The symbol of the city is a tower built in the early 20th century. Previously used as a source of water for the inhabitants of town, today there is a place for pub.
The real glory of this place is the historical and ethnographic Lower Sava Valley Museum which is contained in the Brezice castle. It houses many archaeological relics of the past from this region. The castle is also the site of many cultural events and meetings. One of them is the annual music festival taking place in late May and early June. This is one of the most important music festivals in Europe, full of historically-inspired performances. It is a real delight for music lovers.