Ostrzyca – the Silesian Fuji Yama

Ostrzyca – the Silesian Fuji Yama. It is located at the height of 500.9 m above the sea level. A basalt cone created after the lava's outflow is 76 m height. Over 400 steps lead to the peak. There is a wide view from the top. In January 31st 1962, it became a reserve again, mainly for conservation of the tertiary volcano relic with unique in Poland basalt's stone run and protection of rock vegetation.

Ostrzyca Proboszczowicka called also Ostra Góra, Szczytnica, Śląska Fuji – Yama. It is located at the height of 500.9 m above the sea level. A basalt cone created after the lava's outflow is 76 m height. From the top there is a wide view of the panorama of Kaczawskie Mountains, Kaczawskie foothills, Giant Mountains and Izerskie Mountains. In old records it was written that at the top of the mountain you can throw away all your concerns and refresh your body and soul with perfect forest air.

  • In 1839, Fryderyk F. Prentzel built a little shelter halfway to the top. Climbing on the hill was simplified by 445 basalt stairs with railings. In some places there were stone benches and viewpoints surrounded by barriers. 
  • On December 21st 1926, this hill was considered by contemporary German authorities as a protected area.
  • In 1944, the German army used it as a strategic place. They braced it with trenches and cut down part of the trees to disclose the foreground.
  • After 1945, Czarny Janek's partisan division began hiding there.
  • In 1959, archeologists discovered the existence of early medieval settlement tracks there. It is said that the place was a proto-Slavic sun worship site.
  • In January 31st 1962, the Minister of Forestry and Wood Industry /with regulation number 19, item 81/ formed Ostrzyca Puszczykowska Reserve (3, 81ha). Mainly to conserve tetriary volcano relic with its unique in Poland basalt's stone run and for the protection of rock vegetation overgrowing top part of the hill. 

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