Top things to do in Silesia

Top Choice Historic Site in Oświęcim

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum

Auschwitz-Birkenau is synonymous with genocide and the Holocaust. More than a million Jews, and many Poles and Roma, were murdered here by German occupiers during WWII. Both sections of the camp – Auschwitz I and th…
Top Choice Historic Site in Oświęcim

Birkenau (Auschwitz II)

Though much of Birkenau was destroyed by the retreating Germans, the size of the place, fenced off with long lines of barbed wire and watchtowers stretching almost as far as your eye can see, will give you some idea…
Top Choice Historic Site in Oświęcim

Auschwitz I

Auschwitz I was only partially destroyed by the fleeing Germans, and many of the original brick buildings stand to this day as a bleak testament to the camp’s history. Some 13 of the 30 surviving prison blocks now h…
Top Choice Museum in Wrocław

Panorama of Racławice

Wrocław’s pride and joy is this giant painting of the battle for Polish independence fought at Racławice on 4 April 1794, between the Polish army led by Tadeusz Kościuszko and Russian troops under General Alexander …
Top Choice Historic Building in Wrocław

Old Town Hall

This grand edifice took almost 200 years (1327–1504) to complete. The right-hand part of the eastern facade, with its austere early-Gothic features, is the oldest, while the delicate carving in the section to the le…
Top Choice Tex-Mex in Wrocław

Panczo

Part of a Polish trend that has seen street-food businesses opening up in permanent premises, Panczo serves up huge portions of lip-smacking tacos, enchiladas and – the house speciality – burritos. The food is fresh…
Top Choice Polish in Wrocław

Restauracja Jadka

One of Wrocław's top fine-dining options, presenting impeccable modern versions of Polish classics such as ox tongue served with beetroot and chard, and halibut with tarragon and fried groats, with silver-service ta…
Top Choice Historic Building in Wrocław

Hansel & Gretel

Set in the northwestern corner of the Rynek are two charming houses named after Jaś i Małgosia, better known to English and German speakers as Hansel and Gretel. They’re linked by a baroque archway built in 1728, wh…
Top Choice Fortress in Kłodzko

Kłodzko Fortress

This mighty fortification, begun under Austrian rule in the mid-17th century, was extended, modernised and modified over the following 200 years. Today it covers 17 hectares, making it the largest and best-preserved…
Top Choice Church in Świdnica

Church of Peace

This magnificent timber church was erected between 1656 and 1657, in just 10 months. The builders were not trying to set any records; the Peace of Westphalia of 1648 allowed the Protestants of Silesia to build three…