Szklarska Poreba is the largest holiday resort and centre of winter sports in the Sudeten Mountains, with plenty of space for everyone among these beautiful surroundings.
Although there are some museums in this animated town, people flock here mainly for the splendour of nature and for the abundance of outdoor activities the region has to offer. The town offers a wide variety of accommodation facilities.
The name Szklarska Poreba means ‘glass forest clearing’, and actually comes from the local glass making industry. For centuries the manufacturing of glass and glass products has been the chief driving force behind the development of the town. Szklarska Poreba is the site of the first glassworks to be founded in the Sudeten Mountains, which occurred as early as the 14th century. Szklarska Poreba is considered to be one of the finest mountain resorts in Poland, and is well known among foreign visitors. In fact, it is busy with tourists almost all year long. In winter most of the town’s 10 hotels, 90 holiday homes and 50 pensions are occupied by skiers who want to take advantage of the slopes surrounding the town. There is a two-stage chairlift to carry people up Mt Szrenica, to an elevation of 603 m. The town serves as a departure point for trips to the Karkonosze and Izery Mountains, while several scenic sights are within walking distance of the centre. Only 1.5 km away from the town, near the road to Jelenia Góra, you can admire the popular and beautiful Szklarka Waterfall, truly the loveliest in the Karkonosze Mountains, although at 13m it is not among the highest. Its beauty was already well known by the 18th century.