Wa³brzych - one of the most beautifully situated towns in
Walbrzych is situated in the southwest of Poland, in the Province of Dolny
slask (Lower Silesia) in the vicinity of the Polish - Czech and Polish - German
borders. It lies in the central part of the Sudety srodkowe Mountains at the
height of 450-500m above sea level, in a picturesque valley surrounded by wooded
ranges of the Walbrzyskie Mountains. Walbrzych has the status of a municipality
and its administrative limits encompass the area of 85 sq km inhabited by about
Wa³brzych enjoys an extraordinarily favourable location for transport, as
city situated near the motorway crossing between the A4 /40 km/ and the A3 (planned)
/29 km/. The town is intersected by the national road No.35 from Wroc³aw to the
border crossing with the Czech Republic in Golińsk.
Distances from border crossings:
Kudowa S³one (Czech Republic) - 90 km,
Golińsk/Mezimesti (Czech Republic) - 17 km,
Lubawka (Czech Republic) - 29 km,
Zgorzelec (Germany) - 120 km.
Distances from European capitals:
- Warsaw - 420 km,
- Prague - 200 km,
- Vienna - 434 km,
- Berlin - 494 km.
The nearest airports:
Wroc³aw - International Airport - 78 km
¦wiebodzice - airfield - 10 km
- Polish Railways - http://www.pkp.com.pl/
- Polish Coach Communication - http://www.pks.walbrzych.pl/
Wroc³aw - http://www.airport.wroclaw.pl/en/index.php
Communication - http://www.zdik.walbrzych.pl/
The picturesque location in the
Walbrzyskie Mountains, the proximity of the Kamienne Mountains and the Sowie
Mountains, historic monuments, recreational facilities - all these things create
unique conditions for practising sports, different form of tourism and
recreation all year round. Everybody will find something interesting for
- The amateurs of road cycling and mountain biking will find this area ideal
for these disciplines. A lot of national and local cycling races are held on
the roads and paths of Walbrzych. Several cycling routes have been marked
out here and one of the most interesting runs across the Ksiazanski Scenery
- The town is also a starting point for many tourist trails leading to the
peaks, viewpoints, commemorating sites and monuments of nature.
- Horse riding enthusiasts can devote themselves to their hobby in the Ksiaz
State Stallion Stud where races, driving and dressage contests and
international horse auctions are organized.
Besides the attractions connected with the natural location of the town we can
also take pride in 700 year history and numerous monuments. The most interesting
The Ksiaz Castle in Walbrzych is the third largest castle in Poland.
It was erected in the end of the 13th century by Bolko I, swidnicko-jaworski
duke. At the beginning it was a small stronghold, with time expanded by its
next owners to become a beautiful and majestic castle. Due to the number of
rooms - 418 with 200 fireplaces - it is often called the Lower Silesian
Versailles. The location of the castle surrounded by the Pelcznica river
ravine, among the forests of the Ksiazanski Scenery Park, adds a unique and
fairy tale charm to it.
The Ksiaz State Stallion Stud - is situated on premises of the castle
complex. It's a historical object which used to be stables and a carriage
house of the Ksiaz Castle with one of the most beautiful indoor riding stables
in Europe. This is where international driving and dressage competitions as
well as horse auctions are held.
The Palm House, one of five in Poland, is situated in the close vicinity
of the Ksiaz Castle. It attracts lovers of unique plants and amateurs of
tropical flora. About 80 plant species from all over the world grow over the
area of about 1900 sq m and the walls inside are covered with volcanic tuff
from Etna. Every visitor is welcome to relax here and, if thirsty, have a
drink in "Pod Tropikiem" café.
The Walbrzych Market Square is the place where weekly markets were held in
the past. In the first half of the 18th century in the middle of the square
there was a wooden building of the town hall surrounded by stalls and arcaded
tenement houses. The most famous of them till today are the oldest ones:The
House under an Anchor,
The House with Three Roses and The Tenement House under Atlantas.They come
from the times of the greatest develop-ment of linen trade and in the tenement
houses numbered 5-9 there were wine bars, where great German poet Goethe used
to drink wine during his visit in 1790. The present look of the Market Square
is the result of renovation works in the years 1997-99.
Former Palace of the Czettritz family built in 1604-1628, now the
headquarters of the County Office.
Former Palace of the merchant Alberti family, built in 1801 in the
classicist style, now the seat of the Walbrzych Museum with abundant
collections in domains of geology, mining, ceramics and the history of the
The Church of the Dolorous Virgin Mary built in 1305 and completely
rebuilt in the baroque style about 1720, a former burial church. According to
a legend it is the place of origin of a forest settlement, which the town of
Walbrzych developed from.
The Neo-Gothic Catholic Church of Guardian Angels built in 1899-1904 on
the site of a Renaissance church from 1438.
The Classicist Evangelical Church built in 1785-1788 according to a
project of J. G. Langhans - the creator of the Berlin Brandenburg Gate.
The Museum of Industry and Technology - a branch of the Walbrzych Museum
presenting the mining history of Walbrzych for ages associated with deposits
of hard coal. The museum is located in the old mine unit called
All those who are eager for healthy effort, active tourism and those who are
looking for pause and peace in contact with nature and monuments are welcome to
the Walbrzych Land
The information comes from: www.um.walbrzych.pl