Less known attractions in Lowe Silesia
Lower Silesia is one of the most fascinating regions of Poland. It attracts crowds of tourists every year with its countless attractions. Most people are familiar with the most famous attractions, such as the Raclawica Panorama in Wroclaw and the Ksiaz Castle in Walbrzych. However, the attractions of Lower Silesia extend far beyond these two cities. There are so many great places to visit, that you should dedicae at least 2-3 days to visit them all. This article will introduce you to some of the lesser known attractions in the Lower Silesia.
The Uranium Mine in Kletno
The Uranium Mine in Kletno became available for sightseeing in 2002. Its underground tourist route is approximately 200 meters long and is located roughly 800 meters away from the central parking lot by the road from Kletno to Sienna. The origins of the excavation works in the surroundings of Kletno date all the way back to the 14th century.
In the mid-20th century, geologists from the Soviet Union have noticed increased gamma radiation. That’s when the exploitation of uranium ores began for the needs of producing new weapons.
The Gold Mine in Zloty Stok
The Gold Mine in Zloty Stok is a very populae Polish attraction. This unique object is available for sightseeing thanks to a museum created at the area of the former mine. During the visit, tourists can learn about the difficulties and challenges associated with collecting gold.
The main attraction of the gold mine is the tourist route in the former adits, which presents the history of mining in Zloty Stok. Other attractions include a boat trip through the partially flooded groove, a mineral exhibit and a medieval settlement with old technical equipment.
The Srebrna Gora Fortress
The Srebrna Gora Fortress was constructed in the 18th century next to the village of Srebrna Gora in the Lower Silesia. It was creatred based on the design created by a Prussian engineer named Ludwik Wilhelm Regler and modified by king Fryderyk the Great.
The glory years of the Srebrna Gora Fortress lasted until the death of Fryderyk Wilhelm II in 1800, who was one of its biggest admirers. The first and only test of the Srebrna Gora Fortress so fat was the siege of Napoleon’s army during the war between Prussia and France between 1806 and 1807. In the second half of the 19th century, people began to notice the tourist potential of the fortress. That’s when the Prussian authorities ordered to stop destroying the fortress and turn it into a tourist attraction.
The Walim Adits
The Walim Adits are an element of the „Riese” complex – the most mysterious mining project in history, which was managed by the Third Reich during World War II in the Sowie Mountains. It is a very important historical sight for people of Poland. Among the prisoners there were also representants of many other European countries.
The complex of the Walim Adits is located approximately 30 meters away from the regional road number 383. There are 3 grooves available for sightseeing, each of which has its own separate entrance.
The „Osowka” Underground Town
The underground tourist route in the „Osowka” complex is a system of concrete corridors and strengthenings concstructed on a large scale in 1943. It is part of the „Riese” complex – the largest headquarters owned by Hitler not only in the Lower Silesia, but also in the entire Third Reich.
The „Osowka” complex is the most advanced object in the area of the Sowie Mountains. Today, tourists can explore more than 1700 meters of underground corridors and halls, which tell the stories of years gone by.