In Lower Silesia, Zlotoryja is one of Poland’s oldest towns and one of the most unusual to boot, with a tradition of gold mining that reaches back almost 800 years.
Visitors who want to gain insight into the gold-mining history of the town should head first to the Museum of Gold. When it comes to tourist attractions, no town in Lower Silesia has as much to offer as Zlotoryja, other than perhaps Jelenia Góra. It is still possible today to pan for this precious metal in the rivers around the town.
Among this wealth of attractions in Zlotoryja there are as many as 300 historical monuments, some of which you simply have to see during your visit. These include the Smith’s Tower, the Church of St. Hedwig, the Church of the Birth of St. Mary, the Holy Cross Church with its post-Franciscan monastery, a pillar chapel, the 14th century fortification walls, the collection of historic houses in the Old Town Square, the Town Hall and last but not least the Dolphin Fountain from the 17th century.
In the Museum of Gold you will see the traditional mining tools and panning equipment, plus an outstanding collection of minerals from the area of Lower Silesia. The traditions of gold mining can be traced in the Aurelia gold mine and can still be experienced during the panning championships. You still have a chance to participate in the International Open Polish Championship on Gold Rinsing. You only need to visit and join in.
Separate mention should be made of Wilcza Góra (The Wolf Rock) overlooking the town, once a volcano and today a geological reserve. Here, in the deserted quarry, you can stroll into the heart of the volcano to investigate specimens of solidified basaltic lava and volcanic ash.