The Suche Mountains and the Włodarz Massif

The Suche Mountains are the highest, largest and most diverse mountain range in the Kamienne Mountains, as well as one of he main mountain chains being part of the inner part of the Central Sudety. The ridge creates and asymmetric arch cambered to the north, which is about 35 kilometers long and up to 8 kilometers wide.

The landscape of the Suche Mountains are dominated by strongly uplifted mountain peaks with the height of more than 300 meters. The mountain peaks have steep slopes and a restless, ragged ridge line. The main ridge of the Suche Mountains is built mostly from rhyolites and quartz latites.

The Włodarz Massif is an isolated, located farthest to the north-west ridge of the Sowie Mountains. It is separated from the main ridge with the culmination of Wielka Sowa by the Walimki Valley.
The Włodarz Massif is famous for the local system of underground grooves, corridors an rooms carved in a rocky ground during World War II. The construction began in 1943. The workforce were mostly forced laborers and prisoners of the Gross-Rosen concentration camp. To this day, no one actually knows the aim of one of the greatest War projects ofd the Third Reich. Some people say that it was meant to be a gigantic weapon factory or Hitler’s headquarters.

The Suche Mountains and the Włodarz Massif are separated by the Bystrzyca Valley. Between the peaks of both mountai groups there is a town of Głuszyca. Since the middle ages, this town was developing thanks to the location by the Sudety tract connecting Kamienna Góra and Wałbrzych with Kłodzko.

One of the most precious monuments of the town is the church of Mother of God Queen of Poland from the mid-18th century. The picturesdque location in the neighborhood of Jedlina-Zdrój was the reason of the town’s touristic development.

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