Lower Silesia

The Old Town’s market square contains a bit of every architectural style – from baroque to postwar concrete structures – the cumulative effect of rebuilding after successive fires and the damage caused by Austrian, Prussian and Napoleonic sieges.

Step inside the bright yellow town hall and walk the 223 steps to the top of its tower for free city views, or save your feet and take the lift. The town hall also contains the Old Trades Museum.

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1. Old Trades Museum

0.01 MILES

Housed in Świdnica's town hall, this institution contains reconstructions of an old tavern – Świdnica was always famous for its beer – along with a…

2. Town Hall

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This yellow building dates from the 1710s, though its white tower was built in 2012. The original tower collapsed in 1967; it took over four decades to…

3. Church of SS Stanislaus and Wenceslas

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East of the Rynek, this massive Gothic stone building has a facade adorned with four elegant 15th-century doorways and an 18m-high window (the stained…

4. Church of Peace

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This magnificent building, the largest baroque timber church in Europe, was erected between 1656 and 1657 in just 10 months. The builders were not trying…

5. National Stallion Depot

8.23 MILES

A five-minute walk east of Książ Castle is the National Stallion Depot, housed in what were once the castle's stables. It offers 45-minute horse riding…

6. Książ Castle

8.53 MILES

This impossibly photogenic castle, the largest in Silesia, commands a thickly wooded prominence in Książ. Following the destruction of an earlier…

7. Ślęża Landscape Park

9.83 MILES

Some 34km southwest of Wrocław, the solitary forested cone of Mt Ślęża rises to 718m above the surrounding open plain. It was one of the holy places of an…

8. Góry Stołowe National Park

26.82 MILES

The Góry Stołowe (goo-ri sto-wo-veh; Table Mountains) are among the most spectacular ranges of the Sudetes, as they’re topped by a plateau punctuated by…