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Lower Silesia

SLOWER SILESIA

Poland's Lower Silesia, bordering both Germany and Czechia, combines captivating landscapes, spectacular churches and a fascinating blend of cultures that reflect its rich history. There are secrets and stories to be discovered in these forests and mountains. It's one not to rush.

Located right in the centre of Europe, Lower Silesia brings together the traditions, history and culinary tastes of its various occupiers over centuries, from Czechs to Austrians, Prussians to Germans. The area has an abundance of churches, palaces and beautiful old towns peppered through its lush landscapes.

When to go

May to Sep

Price from

£2,290

What's included?

From the moment you touch down in Poland, everything is included so that while you are with us you can forget about your wallet, relax and enjoy your time in the peaceful hills of Lower Silesia.  

Duration

4 nights

Scheduled journeys

Travel privately

Journey highlights

  • Enjoy the freedom to pedal along tracks and meadows and on quiet country roads in this picturesque and peaceful corner of Poland
  • Discover castles, palaces, monasteries and churches in an eclectic array of architectural styles, testament to the region’s rich history.
  • Sample dishes made with local ingredients, a culmination of flavours from the many groups that have lived in the region. Think hearty soups, dumplings and freshly baked sourdough.
  • Meet local guides and artisans who are passionate and knowledgeable about the place they call home.
on the move

Our journey takes us through the rolling hills of Lower Silesia, exploring medieval towns, castle ruins and Gothic churches. In true Slow Cyclist style, there are plenty of stops along the way for leisurely lunches and sampling delicious local wines.

We begin in the foothills of the Karkonosze Mountains, where we will find our home for the first two nights: a beautifully renovated German farmhouse. From here, we explore rural towns and villages, learning the fascinating stories of those who have lived here, from Benedictine nuns to medieval knights. The second half of our trip is all about Lower Silesia’s splendid, and often unexpected, scenery, taking in mountain ranges and extinct volcanoes on our journey.
 
The walking and cycling routes are mostly on gravel tracks and very quiet roads. The cycling is fairly gentle, but our excellent e-bikes will help as much or as little as you like.
The Slow Cyclist founder Oli Broom
Oli says . . .
This is a classic Slow Cyclist trip at its finest: mountain views, quiet backroads, and excellent local food and wines. Perfection.
The old town of Lubomierz, Lower Silesia, visited on a Slow Cyclist trip in Poland
itinerary

Slower Silesia

Our journey through Lower Silesia takes place over five days and fours nights, with two nights in each of our handpicked guest houses. The itinerary is below, but can be adapted for private groups. 

Day 1 - Arrival
We will pick you up from Wrocław Airport and drive you to a beautifully renovated farm house in Mała Kamienica, a village nestled in the foothills of the Jizera Mountains. This is our home for the next two nights. There will be time to relax in the orchard or take a gentle afternoon walk or cycle before a delicious home cooked dinner, full of healthy local produce, prepared by the wonderful Kamila or Maryla. This may be the first opportunity to sample the homemade fruit liquor nalewka.
Day 2 - Lubomierz and Wleń

This morning, we will cycle along quiet roads and tracks through rural villages and their surrounding meadows. We’ll first pass through Lubomierz and visit its imposing Baroque church and monastery which was home to Benedictine nuns for centuries. Gorgeous landscapes and views unfold along our ride, and in spring the fields and verges are ablaze with flowers. After a table picnic lunch prepared by some local ladies, we’ll visit the ruins of the 12th century Lenno Castle and climb its tower to enjoy panoramic views of the Jizera, Kaczawskie and Karkonosze Mountains. On our way back to Mala Kamienica, we will meander off road passing the picturesque Pilchowice Dam. This evening, we’ll have another delicious supper, accompanied by local music and honey mead, or a talk from a local historian.

Day 3 - Mala Kamienica to Tarczyn

We will begin today by cycling on quiet, well maintained rural roads towards the Dolina Bobru protected area, incorporating the lovely Bobr river valley. We will pedal off road along the river towards Siedlęcin, where we find the imposing 14th century Prince’s Tower, with its celebrated Gothic frescoes depicting the legend of Lancelot. After a leisurely lunch, prepared by a traditional local ‘housewives club’, we will cast our bikes aside and walk for a couple of hours. We’ll cross rolling hills to the tiny hamlet of Tarczyn, our serene home for the next two nights. Tonight we dine al fresco in Urian’s beautiful garden, with fresh organic ingredients prepared by a local chef.

Day 4 - Tarczyn to Lubiechowa

After breakfast, we will ride into a region known as the Land of Extinct Volcanoes and learn about the fascinating history and geography of this undiscovered region. We’ll pass through charming villages, where we will meet local food producers and take gravel tracks through the hills for panoramic views of the long-forgotten volcanoes and the Karkonosze Mountains behind them. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch and visit a small family-run vineyard that produces just a few thousand bottles a year. We’ll then wind our way back to our guest house, passing several palaces and churches typical of the region. For our last evening, there will be more music, more regional wine and more delicious food in a setting that we always hate saying goodbye to!

Day 5 - Departure

There may be time in the morning to go for a short walk or cycle, or time to relax in the guesthouse garden. After saying our goodbyes, you’ll be transferred back to the airport for an afternoon flight home or maybe a weekend extension in Wrocław.

HOW TO BOOK

There are two ways to travel with us. You can either travel on a set-date Scheduled Journey or put together your own private party.

MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Scheduled Journeys

A wonderful opportunity to explore a fascinating part of the world, to meet like-minded travellers and make new friends in a group of Slow Cyclists assembled by us. 

TRAVEL WITH FRIENDS

Private Journeys

If you love the look of Lower Silesia and would like to experience it in a small group of family or friends, get in touch and we will explain how we can make it happen. 

Upcoming Scheduled Journeys

Slower Silesia
June 10, 2024
4 Nights
£2,390.00
Slower Silesia
September 2, 2024
4 Nights
£2,390.00