Attractions of the surroundings of the Bóbr River

The surroundings of the Bóbr River are a great place for a summer rest. Beautiful green areas, the rustle of water and a sandy beach- what else do we need to be happy?

The surroundings of the Bóbr River ensure greenery, clean, unpolluted air, unique climate and unusual views. Woody and mountainous paths are cut by several trails like The Piast Castles Trail, the European Long Distance Path (which connects the shores of Atlantic with the Black Sea), Euroregional Tourist Bike Trail ‘The Valley of the Bóbr River” or “Via Cervimontana”, which leads from Jelenia Góra to the end of the world, namely to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

One of the resort towns located in the Bóbr River Valley, near Wleń community, is Pilchowice. The biggest part of the village spreads in the woody and water area – it is the territory of the Bóbr Valley Landscape Park. The Pilchowickie Lake with a water dam built at the beginning of the last century are the biggest attractions of this area. The dam in Pilchowice is the second highest water dam in Poland and measures 69 meters. In the Pilchowice area it is possible to rest, go fishing (there are a lot of trout in the Wleń community) and do water sports.

Wleń is undoubtedly one of the most interesting, the most beautifully located and the oldest towns located in the Bóbr River Valley. The town is situated at the foot of the Western Sudetes in Lower Silesian voivodship. There is a neo-Gothic Saint Nicolas Bishop Church, a 14th-century Town Hall, impressive ruins of Wleń Castle (the oldest castle in contemporary Poland and the first brick-built fortress in Poland). The Wleń Castle is connected with an interesting legend which says that princess Hedwig, residing there with her husband, performed a miracle and while demolishing one of the walls she discovered a chest of gold coins. She used the money to build a church next to the castle. The church was destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War and then rebuilt. Nowadays, it is known as St Hedwig of Silesia Church. There is also a Goshawk Monument which memorialises the tradition of pigeons fairs taking place in the town every Ash Wednesday. There is also a 17th-century Lenno Palace, a baroque Chateau Kleppelsdorf, an antique railway tunnel and historic townhouses in the market square of Wleń. Around Wleń, there is a wildlife reserve “Castle Mountain” full of protected plants e.g. asphodel lily, wild garlic, barberry or ivy. In order to fully appreciate the attractions of this area, a longer stay is recommended.

In the area of Wleń, there are also other interesting places like a unique rail in the Bóbr River Valley, five crosses of penance (two in Wleń, two in Nieletnie and one in Klecz) raised in the past by murderers in the murder scene as a part of reconciliation with the family of a victim, the 17th-century court of von Braun line in Bystrzyca and geological monuments- diabase pillow lavas which are an interesting kind of rock. Moreover, every year at the beginning of May, there is a Street Memorial of Michał Fluder, which is commonly called “the big festival of running”.

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