There are many interesting sites around Wrocław. Forests, old towns, mountains, lakes, mines... to name just a few!
1 DAY TRIPS FROM WROCŁAW
TRIPS FROM WROCŁAW WITH OVERNIGHT STAY
- Świdnica: a town located 1hr20mins of bus ride from Wrocław. Main attractions: UNESCO Church of Peace, the old town market square with colourful tenement houses, the Cathedral from XIV c. As there are no direct trains from Wrocław to Świdnica, the best way to get there is to take one of buses departing from the Wrocław main bus station. The town organizes Christmas market that usually starts about two weekes before Christmas (check dates before planning your trip).
- Kłodzko: it's a really nice old town located less than 100 km from Wrocław in the Kłodzko Valley. Travel by train takes 1.5 hrs. Things to see: market square and old town area with tenement houses, the Kłodzko Fortress (beautiful views - mountain ranges), the underground tunnels, gothic Church of The Assumption of the Virgin Mary, gothic bridge (looks like a miniature of the Charles Bridge in Prague). More information: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g...
- UNESCO Churches of Peace: there are two churches in Lower Silesia that are listed by the UNESCO, one of them is located in Świdnica (see above), the second one in Jawor. To get to Jawor you need to take one of buses departing from the main bus station in Wroclaw, travel takes about 1hr10mins. Travel between Jawor and Świdnica takes 60 minutes by bus or 40-50 minutes by train. Both churches are trully beautiful and outstanding. Churches of Peace can also be visited on the same day as the Książ Castle (see below).
- The Książ Castle: this XIII c. castle is the 3rd largest castle in Poland, located on the suburbs of Wałbrzych (the city itself is rather dull and not worth visitting so just go to the castle and skip the whole rest). The castle is very beautiful, especially from May to October. To get there you need to take train from Wrocław to Wałbrzych (1hr40mins) or bus (1hr50mins, train in this case is a better choice). You can get by bus to Świdnica or Jawor from Wałbrzych, travel takes from 20 to 40 mins. http://www.en.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl/
- Project Riese: one of the most misterious structures in Poland and maybe in Europe. Nazi Germans' underground constructions scattered around the Sowie Mountains (Own Mountains), south from Wałbrzych. The whole thing consist of 7 different locations but not all of them can be visited. Those mines/drifts are sometimes called "underground cities" - they are incredibly big but we still don't know their exact purpose. The biggest drift is called "Osówka", the two other open to visitors are called "Rzeczka" and "Włodarz". The whole thing is extremely interesting and a must-see for all history and WWII freaks. You can even travel by boats underground! Visitting the "Riese" in not easy. Those mines are located between very small villages in the mountains so traveling by public transport is difficult (or even impossible) for people who don't speak/read Polish. The best idea is to travel with a private guide hired in Wroclaw or with a tour (google "Project Riese Wrocław tours" and you will find many tour operators who will be glad to take you there). Having a guide is also good beause local guides in those mines don't speak English! You can also go there by a rented car, just make sure you have a good GPS and coordinates as road signs leading to those undreground structures are only in Polish!
- The Barycz Valley Landscape Park and the Milicz Ponds: the biggest landscape park in Poland, with 310 bird species it's a wonderful place for birdwatchers (probably the best in Poland!) and all people who love nature and want to rest for a while far from the city noise. You can rent a kayak and travel along the river Barycz, surrounded by beautiful old forests, meadows, swamps and villages. There are two companies that rent kayaks, prices are not high, it costs 35 PLN/day/kayak for 2 pax (they will transport those kayaks whenever you want to start your trip, it costs 2.50 PLN for every 1 km of kayak transportation). How to get there: the most interesting and the most visited area of the The Barycz Valley Park is located between the towns of Żmigród and Milicz. The best way to get there is to rent a car as driving there from Wrocław is easy and quick (see Google Maps). You can also easily get there by train/bus from Wrocław: to Żmigród by train (1hr, many trains daily), or to Milicz by train (2 hrs, less connections than to Żmigród, you can also get off in Wierzchowice or Krośnice as they are both located near the Milicz Ponds area). You can also rent a bike in Wrocław, take it to Żmigród or Milicz by train (buy separate ticket for your bike) and there you can easily explore the area. Kayak rentals: (1) Piotrkosice 60, 56-300 Milicz, email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: +48 0 697-437-397 or +48 071-38-45-894 (2) Ul. Krotoszyńska 21, 56-300 Milicz, email: email@example.com phone: +48 0 606-586-733 You can ask your hotel in Wroclaw to call them and arrange those kayaks for you.
- Table Mountains and the Kłodzko Valley - the Table Mountains (in Polish - Góry Stołowe) are truly exceptional. On the way to Szczeliniec Wielki peak (919 m / 3,015 ft) you will find interesting and misterious rocky formations, and on top - fantastic views over the Kłodzko Valley. You can stay overnight in one of the mountain resorts near the mountains, like Polanica Zdrój, Kudowa Zdrój or Kłodzko (Kłodzko trip - see above). There are also many ecological farm accommodations around the area, you can ask about it in the Tourist Information Centre in Wroclaw, on the Market Square. One of the other uncanny attractions of the area is Skull Chapel in Czermna (near Kudowa Zdrój) - the interior of this chapel is made of 3.000 real human skulls and bones and in the basement another 21.000 bodies are burried. Those people were killed by the cholera epidemy centuries ago and their remaines were gathered by a Polish priest and incorporated into this small church interiors. The best way to see the area is to travel by a rented car from Wrocław. The travel is quick and easy, and the views in the Kłodzko Valley are beautiful. On the way from Wroclaw to Kłodzko there is a small town called Bardo, it's worth stopping for an hour or two as there are some interesting churches in the town and the views from the nearby hill are great. Travelling from Wrocław to the Kłodzko Valley is also possible by train (Wrocław - Kłodzko Miasto trains) and then by buses to other towns and villages. To get to the Table Mountains by public transport you need to go from Kłodzko by bus to Polanica Zdrój (15 mins, many buses daily, it's best to find a hotel there, it's a small holiday resort with spring waters) and from there by bus to Karłów (50 mins, 3-4 buses daily, the village of Karłów is a gate to the Table Mountains). You can also go directly from Kłodzko to Karłów (3-4 buses daily, 1 hr).
Train schedules: http://rozklad-pkp.pl/bin/query.exe/en?
Bus schedules: http://en.e-podroznik.pl/