Lower Silesia’s Health resorts are an ideal place for those worn out by the daily grind of work and stress – for those who want to recover their strength and renew their vitality in both mind and body.
Beautiful and colourful, especially the autumn landscapes a mild yet hearty climate abounds, with a variety of flavours and curative mineral waters, which have drawn patients here from all over Poland, Europe and even the world.
The advantages of the area’s curative springs have been known for centuries. The people here have learned to live in harmony with nature, treating the environment with respect and care. Lower Silesia’s health resorts are centres of tourism and culture. Their facilities satisfy even the most demanding of guests – from the Chopin concerts in Duszniki, to ski slopes and Alpine trails for those seeking more intense sensations. We take refuge here, in this mild paradise, from the tumult of civilisation and its constant hurry. A paradise where the air and water have a different – truer – taste.
Cieplice Zdroj snuggles up next to Jelenia Gora and dreams of distant times
It is known that the warm waters of these springs were used by the Joanites as far back as the 13th century. Care for them was taken over by the Cistercians of Krzeszowa. They left behind a monastery dating back to 1403, currently viewable after a baroque reconstruction. The springs, which were purportedly discovered by Prince Boleslaw the Tall, were visited by the elite of the nation and the church. Even Queen Maria Sobieska treated her symptoms here. The springs later owners – the Schaffgotschs – erected a beautiful classical palace with a park, on the model of a French garden with a fantastic view of the Karkanosze. The Spring Theatre from 1833, invites you to its concerts and performances.
For improved health we recommend: treatment baths, drinking the curative water, inhalations, pelotherapy, electro-therapy and kinesotherapy. Patients suffering from illnesses of the nervous system, rheumatism, neurological conditions and eye problems can all be found here.
Cieplice invites you to our numerous events: Spring in Cieplice, the International Street Theatre Festival, Summer at the Town Hall and the Kusznicza Golden Crossbow Tournament. The latter is accompanied by performances of period dance and music, the storming of a castle and knights in battle. All to ensure your free time is enjoyable. Exhibitions in Karkanosze also worth seeing are the Mineral Exchange and fossil displays.
An alpine climate in Poland? Yes. It is in full abundance in Duszniki Zdroj, which is located at an altitude of 560 m above mean sea level. The health resort is located in a picturesque valley along the Bystrzycka Dusznicki River, while the western and southern borders of the town (which also serve as the border between Poland and the Czech Republic) run along the peaks of the Orlicki Mountains. The streets leading to numerous pensions, hotels, holiday homes and sanatoria are often winding and steep. A walkabout here will require deep breaths and a quick heartbeat. Which is exactly why heart patients come here for treatment.
Friedrich Chopin suffered from illnesses of the lungs and heart, yet gave his heart and soul in two concerts, performed during his stay at the resort here in 1826. The artist’s spirit still resides during August evenings, when concerts organized under the banner of the International Chopin Festival, take place in the Chopin Mansion. The town of Duszniki has been known since the 13th century, when it fulfilled a vital trade function, along routes leading from Czech. The Old Paper Mill (a paper museum) hails from the 16th century, and boasts a curious architecture and interesting interior. Visiting tourists may witness the ancient art of paper fabrication - and even try their own hand at it. Certainly a fine attraction especially for school children. In the past Duszniki was a centre of the textile and weaving trades.
The old town centre beckons with its Renaissance tenement houses and arcades. Whereas the beautiful Spa Park, with its curative waters and Chopin statue, welcomes you to the Spa Theatre and summer concerts at the fountains.
Kudowa Zdrój is one of the largest health resorts in the Klodzko Lands. It lies among a forested rise of the Table Mountains (the Table Mountains National Park), with the Orlicki Mountains to the south. It has the mildest climate in the Sudety. The Spa was founded in the 18th century and is beautifully situated in a world of wondrous plant life. The first bathing facilities were set up in the 17th century. The town lies close to the Czech border crossing at Kudowa Slone.
The waters of Kudowa are used in the treatment of heart disease, endocrine conditions and anemia.
Among the tourist attractions in Kudowa Zdroj meriting description are, the nature preserve in the Table Mountains National Park and the extraordinary Skull Chapel; featuring the skulls of some three thousand people – victims of the wars and epidemics of the 18th century.
Among the town’s main cultural attributes are its regular cycle of events such as: the International Moniuszkowski Festival, a May Day festival and the Polish-Czech Film Night. In addition, there are various sporting events. Kudowa possesses a wide range of attractions: The 18th century Health Park, the Skull Chapel (the only building of its type in Poland and one of three in the Word) in Czermna, The Toy Museum, The Museum of Disappearing Professions and the Frog Museum. For guests desiring more active rest there is the Water World Aqua Park with a 92m long water slide. Active rest may also be found at the indoor pools, tennis courts and equestrian centres in the area. Kudowa is an ideal base to set off for the Table Mountains National Park, Szczeliniec Wielki (919 m), the Errant Rocks or the Mushroom Rocks.
Let’s go to Ladek for some powerful fun! Don’t let his slogan scare you - even if you don’t prefer extreme sport. The climate of Ladek Zdroj is a mountain one, yet the changes in weather are mild and the valley, in which the town is nestled, protects it from the strong winds descending the mountains. It is one of the most beautiful places in the Klodzka Lands. The multitude and variety of trees attract many an amateur trekker, biker and horseback rider. Beech, elm, larch, sycamore, spruce and fir, all offer a pretty good choice of greenery in spring and summer, as well as a warm palette of colours in autumn.
Ladek Zdroj lies along the Biala Ladecka River. As early as the 15th century the town was famed for its healing waters. By the 16th century, the joyous flow was also brining wealth to the people of the area - hence the beautiful Bourgeoise old town with its distinctive arcade. The same period also saw a splendid spa built, the first heated baths installed and patient facilities erected. The turn of the 18th and 19th centuries also brought a wealth of personalities to L?dek Zdrój including: Johan Wolfgang Goethe, Queen Luisa (wife of the Prussian King Willhelm III) and John Adams – future president of the United States.
Today, Ladek’s waters are utilised in the treatment of numerous ailments including those of a: neurological, gynaecological or motor-organ nature, as well as dermatological conditions. Treatments are available in many forms including: phototherapy, magnetotherapy, laser therapy, cryotherapy, interferential current and bathing. All of which serve to: increase immune response, lower cholesterol levels, improve varicose veins, slow the progress of atherosclerosis and many others.
There is a numerous cycle of events on offer in Ladek Zdroj, such as Ladek Day and the Andrzej Zawada Film Review. Some buildings of historical interest include the baroque Parish Church of the Most Holy Virgin Mary with arboretum, the ruins of Karpien Castle and the Gothic St John’s Bridge. Another place of special interest is the Wojciech Spa facility, built in the late 17th century, and based on a Turkish bath house. Visitors should also see the Bear’s Cave in Kletnie and The Gold Mining Museum in Zloty Stok Ladek Zdroj warmly invites amateur rock climbers and lovers of winter sport (for whom numerous ski runs await). Among other facilities worth naming are the firing range, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, gymnasia and stadium.
It is purported that there is more Sun in Polanica Zdrój than anywhere else. The climate is warm and windless, and the winters mild. A picturesque spa is located here in the vicinity of the Table and Sowie Mountains, along a decline into the Bystrycka Duszniki River. Polanica Zdrój lies in the direct neighbourhood of the Table Mountain National Park. The first mentions of Polanica Zdrój can be found in the judicial register at Klodzko. Its mineral water springs had become famous by the 16th century. People came here from great distances, drawn by word of mouth and song. In 1596 the Jesuits took control of Polanica. A turning point in its the history was 1828, when Joseph Gromls became owner of the town. He built a small drinking hall and wooden baths. From that moment on, Polanica Zdrój began functioning as a spa town. Five mineral springs came into being, the most efficient being the Józef and Jer?y springs. In 1904 the Wielka Pienawa spring came into use. The continued growth of the resort was spurred by the discovery of new springs and the formation of the Polanica Spa Management Company. In 1906 the Spa House was opened and, together with the Spa Park, was illuminated by electric light the next evening. The health resort gained popularity throughout Poland and Europe.
The basic profile of treatment at Polanca Zdrój are in the areas of cardiology, gastrology and motor organs. Natural substances used in treatment include Wielka Pieniawa, or a curative water rich in minerals, iodine and other trace elements. The well known Staropolanka Zdrój is bottled here, and is characterised by a delicate mineral flavour.
There are many worthwhile cultural and sporting events on offer during a stay in Polanica Zdroj. Of particular interest are: the Music of the World International Spa Music Festival, Polanica Country – a trip organized to the country and western music festival in M?growa, the International Student of the Year Pageant, the Škoda Auto Grand Prix MTB, an international mountain bike race and Bike Marathon (an international mountain bike marathon course). In addition, there are the Drinking Hall, the 700-seat Spa Theatre, halls and concert shells. Within the city, above the park, we can find numerous cafes, pensions, recreational areas, indoor and outdoor pools, as well as interesting walking and cycling trails.
Szczawno Zdroj lies at the foothills of the Chelmiec Mountain, in the valley of Szczawnik Stream. A mild and invigorating climate reigns here, thanks to a mixture of continental and oceanic air currents. The town’s spa is one of the oldest in Lower Silesia.
The first mention of a ducal village here can be found in Ksiega Henrykowska (the book of Henrykow) in 1221. By the end of the 13th century the village was incorporated into the property of Ksiaz Castle. From then on, its fate was linked to that of the Castle. In the beginning, the village belonged to the Duchy of Wroc?aw, in 1392 however, upon the death of Princess Agnieszka (wife of Bolek II), Szczanowo Zdroj fell into the hands the Czech - Vaclav. It was purchased in 1392 by Janko of Chociemic from the brothers Conrad and Albrecht Salsborn. Possession was later gained by Conrad von Hochberg in 1509, and was passed by inheritance to his offspring, until 1931. Szczanowo Zdrój gained city rights in 1945. The curative properties of the waters here had been known for several centuries, but the first to examine and confirm their virtues was the court doctor to the Hochbergs, Caspar Schwenckfeldt, who did so in 1598. Intensive spa development was undertaken in 1816, upon the initiative of Dr August Zemplin.
The numerous treatments and rehabilitation offered here attract many patents to Szczawno, including those seeking biological renewal and spa therapy. Among the treatments carried out here are: water therapy, cryotherapy, laser therapy, ultrasound, massage and pneumatic cells.
Szczawno Zdroj organises a regular cycle of cultural events such as: the Przewalka Polish Cabaret Exchange, concerts in the Wratislavia Cantans series and performances of Christmas music at the Henryk Wieniawski Festival. Of unquestioned interest to tourists is Ksiaz Castle, which was built in the 13th century by Bolek Swidnicki. Located next to the castle are the Stallion Stables, home of equestrian events and an international horse auction. Szczanów also has a wide variety of sporting facilities, among them being: tennis courts, outdoor pool, playing fields and the Dworzysko riding range.
Swieradow Zdroj is a centre for tourism and is located at the western edge of the Izerski Mountains, in the Kwiska River Valley. The spa heritage of Czerniawa Zdroj plays an integral role for the town. The water and air in Swieradow act as if they were a gas - raising the effects of treatment. While the microclimate, with its pine forest, works like an essential oil, aiding in year-round climate therapy.
The waters of his place were recognised for their curative features as far back as the 18th century. The 19th and 20th centuries saw wide development of resort facilities, a significant portion of which, have been preserved to the present. Of doubtless interest to the tourist in Swieradow Zdroj are the 12th century ruins of the Castle Gryf and the 17th century baroque Town Hall. Thanks to the virtues of landscape and climate, lavishly gifted by nature, the town has much to offer on a year-round basis. Cycling and trekking tourism are popular in summer, whereas Alpine and sking reign in winter.
Facilities for sport located within the town include: two indoor and one outdoor pools, tennis courts, football pitches, a stadium, two gymnasiums, equipment rental and horseback riding ranges. The Therapeutic Mud Facility located in a building from 1904, offers the most modern standard of care. While the Czarci Mlyn (Devil’s Mill) has been preserved with its original equipment and form. Nearby Swieradow Zdroj is Czocha Castle and the village of Lubomierz - backdrops for several popular Polish films. There are accommodation facilities for 3500 people in Swieradow Zdroj. The town is known as the pearl of Polish spa resorts.