Polish mountains full of surprises

The first surprise of the Sudeten Mountains known as Sudety in Polish is the abundance and diversity of geological formations. Semiprecious stones can be found in the Sowie Mountains. Those interested in gold can try their luck in the Polish International Championship for Gold Prospectors at Zlotoryja. If you are lucky you may encounter mouflons brought here in the 19th century from Corsica. Three different cultures were brought into contact in the foothills medieval defensive region of the Sudety: Polish, Czech and German. It is also here – where the Polish, German and Czech borders meet – that the first Euroregion was established: Nysa-Nisa-Neisse (ERN). It is worth to become acquainted with the rich cultural life of the region as well as with its natural attractions and military architecture. The latter includes the castle at Czocha near Lesna, or the 13th-century castle at Bolkowo. You will certainly be greatly surprised to find at Karpacz a curious architectural gem: a 12th-century Wang Chapel from Norway.

Exploring ancient caves is an attraction all in itself. Poland’s largest and the most spectacular cave is the “Jaskinia Niedêwiedzia” (Bear’s Cave) at Kletno. The Gory Stolowe, literally translated as “Table Mountains”, offer views of fantastic rock formations. The highest range in the Sudety Mountains, known as the Karkonosze, is very popular with winter sports enthusiasts.