Welcome to Bystrzyca Kłodzka
Established as Habelschwerdt by German colonists in the 13th century, Bystrzyca Kłodzka (bist-shi-tsah kwots-kah) is a sleepy, atmospheric old town that has retained much of its medieval architecture and layout. Perched on a natural defensive prominence, the town was repeatedly sacked, flooded, burned, and depopulated by plague across an eventful Middle Ages, but always managed to rise again. Ironically, it survived WWII virtually unmolested.
Though there aren’t that many specific attractions, its city walls and gates are some of the most complete in Poland, and the squares and narrow streets of the Old Town have an appealing character.