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Jelenia Góra

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Jelenia Góra, (German: Hirschberg im Riesengebirge, Czech: Jelení Hora), is a city in Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland. With nearly 85,000 inhabitants, Jelenia Góra, or "Deer Mountain" as it is directly translated from the Polish, German, and Czech languages, is often seen as one of the principal gateways to the ski resorts and natural surroundings of the eastern side of the Karkonosze Mountains. Nicknamed Jelonka by locals, Jelenia Góra features a large old town, as well as a slew of other points of historical and natural significance for visitors to explore and enjoy.

Understand[edit]

Wojanowska Tower and St. Anne's Chapel.

According to legend, Jelenia Góra was founded as a small settlement by Polish prince Bolesław III Wrymouth in 1108 at the confluence of the Bóbr and Kamienna rivers. Like much of Silesia, the town passed back and forth between Central Europe's dynastic powers throughout the Middle Ages, going between the Polish, Czech and Austrian monarchies, while at the same time growing due to an influx of ethnic German settlers from the west, who increasingly called the settlement Hirschberg. Joining the Protestant Reformation in the 1520s, Hirschberg suffered immensely during the Thirty Years' War a century later, besieged by both Protestant and Catholic forces multiple times during the conflict. For the next hundred years, Hirschberg's Protestant majority was religiously suppressed by its Catholic Austrian Habsburg administrators. In the aftermath of the Silesian Wars between Prussia and Austria in the 1740s, the town was annexed by the Prussian kingdom. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the nearby village of Bad Warmbrunn (modern-day Cieplice), under the tutelage of House Schaffgotsch, grew to become a major spa center thanks to its abundance of natural, warm springs. Among its visitors during the Prussian era were U.S. President John Quincy Adams, German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Polish Princess Izabela Czartoryska. Under Prussia, Hirschberg plunged headlong towards industrialization in the 19th century.

The city became part of the German Empire following Prussia's unification of the German lands in 1871, and remained in Germany following the creation of the Weimar Republic in 1919. During the Second World War, the city played host to a sub-camp belonging to the Gross-Rosen concentration camp, which claimed the lives of nearly 40,000, many of whom were Jews, Poles, and prisoners of war. After escaping World War II largely intact, the lands surrounding Hirschberg were annexed by Poland and renamed under its Polish name, Jelenia Góra in 1945. Its German inhabitants were shortly afterwards expelled to Allied-occupied Germany, replaced by Poles previously displaced from areas now occupied by the Soviet Union. Under the communist government, efforts were put into place to erase Jelenia Góra's German past by demolishing the city's Old Town before being thankfully stopped in 1965. As a result, much of the city's Old Town has remained largely intact. In 1976, Cieplice was amalgamated into Jelenia Góra.

After the collapse of communism in 1989, Jelenia Góra again opened its doors to the world. In 1999, the city became part of the newly-created Lower Silesian Voivodeship, and in the years since. has reestablished itself as a tourist destination.

Get in[edit]

Koleje Dolnośląskie operates a majority of train services to and from Jelenia Góra.

By plane[edit]

The closest airport is Wrocław–Copernicus Airport (IATA: WRO) located 112 km (70 mi), or a 90 minute drive west near Wrocław. The airport is serviced by Lufthansa, SAS Scandinavian Airlines and Poland's national carrier LOT and Sprintair. Additional low cost airlines servicing the city include , Ryanair and Wizz Air.

By car[edit]

Jelenia Góra is located nearly 30 km (19 mi) off the A4 motorway (E40). From the east the city is connected by highway DK3, which provides a connection to the A4 as well as into the neighboring Czech Republic. From the west, DK30 provides a route to the city from the town of Zgorzelec near Görlitz on the German border. Currently, the Polish government plans to extend the S3 expressway southward to the neighboring town of Bolków, which will provide faster access to the city, yet this route is not expected to be operational before 2018.

By train[edit]

Polish national rail carrier PKP Intercity, national regional operator Przewozy Regionalne and provincial rail company Koleje Dolnośląskie all offer connections to Jelenia Góra's Dworzec Główny station, as well as to the city's other train stations, including Jelenia Góra Zachodnia and 'Jelenia Góra Cieplice'.

A full electronic schedule of all train services can be found at rozklad-pkp.pl.

By bus[edit]

As one of the larger settlements in Lower Silesia, Jelenia Góra is serviced by a slew of bus companies. Some companies running these connections include PKS Jelenia Góra [1] running daily from Wrocław and Krycha [2], departing daily from . Other companies and connections can easily be researched by e-podroznik.pl. Visitors should be aware that on Fridays during the academic year getting a place on a bus may be a problem, and it is advised to buy the ticket in advance.

Get around[edit]

Jelenia Góra is serviced by its rapid bus transit system MZK, connecting all of the city's major areas.

See[edit]

The city's two main areas of attractions are within the Old Town and Cieplice neighborhoods. However, there are numerous other places of interest located just outside of the city core.

Old Town (Stare Miasto)[edit]

Town Hall Square in the summer.
  • Town Hall Square (Plac Ratuszowy). The focal point of the Old Town, Town Hall Square is a thoroughly charming ancient city square, flanked on all sides by photogenic merchant houses from the last three or four centuries, and crowned in the center by the city's town hall. During the spring and summer months, this square plays host to numerous outside cafes and restaurants, where locals and tourists alike can enjoy the calm, historical ambiance. The square is further adorned by the Neptune Fountain, an 18th century-era sculpture commemorating the trading ties of the city to foreign lands.
  • Ulica 1 Maja, [3]. A long street leading from the train station to the Old Town, ul. 1 Maja (or 1 May Street) is an important historical and commercial thoroughfare in the city. Now largely pedestrianized, 1 Maja is a relaxed street with numerous shops and colorful merchant buildings and apartments, many of them dating from the 18th to 20th centuries.
  • Wojanowska Tower (Baszta Wojanowska), ul. Konopnickiej (at the crossing of Konopnickiej and 1 Maja). Dating to the late 1400s, this tower originally stood as the city's former eastern defensive bastion, complete with a drawbridge gate and moat. The defenses have all but vanished, leaving the Wojanowska Tower as a reminder of the city's medieval past. Today, the tower is adjoined to the charming St. Anne's Chapel.
  • Grodzka Tower (Baszta Grodzka), ul. Grodzka 14. Built in the 15th century, the Grodzka Tower is one of the only surviving thirty-six bastle houses that were used at the end of the Middle Ages to reinforce the city's walls. Over time, the tower lost its military purpose and became a residence. Used as residential apartments up until the 1970s, the Grodzka Tower since become a cafe and cultural center.
  • Town Hall (Ratusz Miejski), ul. Plac Ratuszowy 2. The centerpiece of main city square, the Town Hall was built between 1744 to 1749. Flanked by the square's ancient tenement houses, the Town Hall continues to function as the home of the city council and the mayor's office. Visitors should go within the Town Hall to see its cellars, where tourists can see the remains of foundations from previous structures on the site dating to the Middle Ages.
  • Zamkowa Tower (Wieża Zamkowa), +48 601 294 199. Built in 1584, the Zamkowa Tower is last remaining tower of its kind that originally protected the city's western flank. Used later as a prison tower and gallery, the tower today can now be used as an observation platform to view the Old Town.

Cieplice[edit]

Schaffgotsch Palace.
  • Schaffgotsch Palace (Pałac Schaffgotschów), ul. Plac Piastowski 27, +48 75 755 10 48, [4]. Built between 1784 to 1788, this Baroque palace originally belonged to the Schaffgotschs, a prominent Silesian aristocratic dynasty that dominated many facets of Silesian life from the 15th to the 19th century. Originally a repository for many of the Schaffgotsch family's precious books and artworks, much of the palace's furnishings were largely looted or destroyed by the Soviet Red Army in the aftermath of World War II, when the Schaffgotschs were expelled from Poland due to being ethnic Germans. A military hospital and rest house until the 1950s, the palace today is part of the Wrocław University of Technology. The building is closed for casual tourists as it now functions as a university, but tours can be arranged for visitors with the university to view its preserved interiors, Blue Room and Mirror Room, or during open exhibitions.
  • Ulica Plac Piastowski. A relaxed pedestrianized street running through the heart of the Cieplice neighborhood, this avenue is lined by stately Baroque buildings, now home to many restaurants, cafes, apartments, and spas. It is particularly popular during lazy, sunny afternoons.
  • Long House (Długi Dom), ul. Plac Ściegiennego 5, +48 75 75 518 80 (), [5]. Colored bright red and rose, the Baroque-styled Long House originally built by the Catholic Cistercian order 1689 to 1693 to house patients seeking Cieplice's healing natural spring waters, becoming the district's first spa. When the order was dissolved in Prussia in 1810, the structure was taken over by the nearby Schaffgotsch family, who used it to house their personal collections. Following Jelenia Góra's annexation by Poland and the expulsion of the Schaffgotschs, the Long House was taken over by city authorities and made into a spa, which it remains to the present. Today, the Long House is a working reminder of Cieplice's spa history.

Outside[edit]

Chojnik Castle.
  • Chojnik Castle (Zamek Chojnik, Kynastburg), ul. Zamkowa 1, +48 757 556 394 (), [6]. Nov-Mar: 10:00-16:00; Apr-Jun: 10:00-17:00; Jul-Aug: 10:00-18:00; Sep-Oct: 10:00-17:00. Located high on a rocky summit in the Sobieszów area of Jelenia Góra, southwest of the Old Town, Chojnik Castle dates to 1292, built under the reign of Silesian Piast Duke Bolko I to protect his mountainous border from the nearby Bohemian kingdom. After passing to House Schaffgotsch in the 1300s, the castle survived and successfully repelled numerous attacks over the next several centuries, from invading Czech Hussites and Hungarian armies in the 15th century, to rampaging Swedish forces in the 17th. Having never been successfully militarily conquered, the castle abruptly succumbed to nature in 1675, when during a strong thunderstorm, it was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. After the Schaffgotschs decided against rebuilding it, Chojnik Castle fell into ruins and quickly became a tourist attraction already by the 1700s, visited by likes of the Prussian royal family, Goethe, and German poet Theodor Körner. Today, the impressive medieval ruins of Chojnik Castle are open to the general public, providing stunning views of the Karkonosze Mountains and its lush green valleys and basins. 4-6 zł.
  • Gerhart Hauptmann House (Dom Gerharta Hauptmanna, Gerhart Hauptmann Hause), ul. Michałowicka 32, +48 75 755 32 86 (), [7]. Nov-Mar: 10:00-16:00; Apr-Jun: 10:00-17:00; Jul-Aug: 10:00-18:00; Sep-Oct: 10:00-17:00. The opulent former residence of celebrated Nobel Prize-winning German dramatist, novelist, and local Gerhart Hauptmann, the Hauptmann House serves as a museum to the artist, who lived in the house from 1901 until his death in 1946, dying shortly after his own expulsion order from the Polish government. Today, the Hauptmann manor is located in the Jagniątków area, serving as a museum and artistic center dedicated to the dramatist. 4-6 zł.
  • Wojanów Palace (Pałac Wojanów, Schloss Schildau), ul. Wojanów 9, +48 75 754 5300 (), [8]. Located just a few minutes away from the city in the town of Mysłakowice stands the palatial grounds of Wojanów Palace. The site of many estates since the medieval era, the palace was modified heavily throughout the 18th and 19th centuries after its destruction in the Thirty Years' War. For a time, the palace was owned by the Prussian royal family. Plundered after the Second World War, and used as an administration building during communism, the palace had fallen into complete disrepair by the 1990s. Following a fire in 2002, the castle was lovingly restored and reopened to the public in 2007. Today, this ornate palace functions as a spa, hotel, conference center, and parkland popular among locals and tourists alike.

Religious buildings[edit]

  • St. Anne's Chapel (Kaplica św. Anny), ul. Konopnickiej. Standing directly next to the Wojanowska Gate, St. Anne's Chapel began originally as a bastel house supporting the town's military fortifications. After 1514, the house served as a combined bastel house and chapel. Not surviving the destructive Thirty Years' War after a fire in 1634, the chapel was rebuilt between 1700 to 1715. Its modest Baroque interior has survived to this day. Although the chapel's purpose has changed significantly over the last 500 years, its wall's original embrasures (arrow and musket slits) are still visible.
Saviour’s Evangelical Church.
  • Minor Basilica of the St. Erasmus and St. Pancras (Bazylika Mniejsza Świętych Erazma i Pankracego), ul. Plac Kościelny 1-2, +48 75 75 22 160 (), [9]. The most important place of worship in the city, a church has sood at this spot since the 1300s. Rebuilt into its current form in the 15th century, and expanded during the 17th and 18th centuries, the church is known for containing two sepulchral chapels within, housing epitaphs and tombstones from the 1500s to the 18th century. The basilica's organ is also a priceless work of art, originating from the workshop of Italian organ-maker Adam Casparini, a master of the trade at the time.
  • Saviour’s Evangelical Church (Kościół ewangelicki Zbawiciela), ul. Plac Piastowski 18, +48 75 642 66 67 (), [10]. Located in the Cieplice neighborhood only meters away from Schaffgotsch Palace, the Savior's Church is a reminder of Jelenia Góra's German Protestant past. Built between 1774 to 1777, the church is one of the best examples of Silesian Baroque architecture for a Lutheran church.
  • St. John the Baptist’s Church (Kościół św. Jana Chrzciciela), ul. Cieplicka 9, +48 75 642 88 20 (), [11]. Built between 1714 to 1717 in the Cieplice district not far from Schaffgotsch Palace, this house of worship serves as the crypt to the Schaffgotsch Family. The church's courtyard is adorned with the funerary headstones of previous Schaffgotschs, many of them dating to the 1500s. The interior of the church is also the home to a painting by 17th century German artist Michael Willmann, known as the "Silesian Rembrandt." The church's courtyard and entrance is guarded by an impressive red and rose-colored bell tower, which visitors must walk through.

Museums[edit]

  • Karkonoskie Museum (Muzeum Karkonoskie), ul. Jana Matejki 28, +48 75 64 550 71 (), [12]. May-Sept, Mon: closed; Tue-Sun: 09:00-17:00. Oct-Apr, Mon: closed; Tue-Sat: 09:00-16:00; Sun: 09:00-17:00. The Karkonoskie Museum details the historical, industrial, and political history of the Karkonosze Mountains, spanning from its early origins to the modern era. A curious ethnographic museum for those interested in the everyday lives of Silesians over the last millennium. Adults: 7zł. Students, children: 4zł. Sunday: Free.
  • Museum of History and the Military (Muzeum Historii i Militariów), ul. Sudecka 83, +48 75 61 62 682 (), [13]. May-Sept, Mon: closed; Tue-Sun: 09:00-17:00. Oct-Apr, Mon: closed; Tue-Sat: 09:00-16:00; Sun: 09:00-17:00. A branch of the Karkonoskie Museum, the Military Museum is an open air collection of Soviet and Polish military vehicles and heavy equipment dating from the 1930s to the 1980s, and is a popular location for history buffs interested in communist-era weaponry. Adults: 7zł. Students, children: 4zł. Sunday: Free.
  • Museum of Natural History (Muzeum Przyrodnicze), ul. Cieplicka 11A, +48 75 75 515 06 (), [14]. May-Sept, Mon: closed; Tue-Fri: 09:00-18:00, Sat-Sun: 09:00-17:00. Oct-Apr, Mon: closed; Tue-Sun: 09:00-16:00. Located in the Cieplice neighborhood, the Museum of Natural History showcases the natural beauty of the Jelenia Góra region. Much of the collection is gathered from surviving documents and artifacts from the former ruling House Schaffgotsch. Adults: 5zł, students 4zł. Children under four and veterans: free.

Do[edit]

As a major cultural center for Lower Silesia and the Karkonosze region, Jelenia Góra has numerous events and festivals, as well as other attractions that can keep its visitors busy.

Events[edit]

  • ZOOM Festival-ZBLIŻENIA - an independent art film festival, held normally in mid-February, attracting numerous Polish and international directors.
  • Wrzesień Jeleniogórski - an annual municipal event held in September, with concerts, exhibitions, theatrical performances, markets and presentations.
  • Festival Silesia Sonans - an annual event usually in September, celebrating organ music.

Parks[edit]

Spa Park, Cieplice.
  • Spa Park (Park Zdrojowy), (Cieplice). A prominent feature in the Cieplice neighborhood and located directly behind Schaffgotsch Palace, the park originally began as the palace's vegetable garden in the early 18th century before being expanded into a fully-fledged park in 1819, available to both the Schaffgotschs and visitors to the nearby spas alike. Today, the park is a popular place to stroll for the young and old alike. The park's center is adorned with several classical pavilions dating to the 19th and 20th centuries, and is popular in the summer months.
  • Norwegian Park (Park Norweski), (Cieplice). Built by German industrialist Eugen Fullner at the turn of the 20th century to separate his papermill from the housing estates of his workers, this lush park of ponds, stone bridges, and a Norwegian pavilion were inspired by restaurants in Oslo.

Other[edit]

  • Cieplice Baths (Termy Cieplickie), ul. Park Zdrojowy 5 (next to Spa Park), +48 75 75 46 901 (), [15]. Mon-Sun: 06:00-23:00. A modern large swimming and spa facility next to Spa Park popular with the locals, complete with indoor and outdoor pools, along with several saunas to chose from.

Buy[edit]

There are various shops located throughout Jelenia Góra and its surroundings. In addition to numerous small stores catering to many needs, there are also two large shopping malls that include many international and domestic big box stores.

  • Nowy Rynek, ul. Podwale 25, +48 75 757 50 10 (), [16]. Mon-Sat, 10:00-21:00; Sun, 10:00-20:00. A medium-sized and modern shopping mall, located just north of the Old Town next to national road DK3.
  • Galeria Sudecka, Aleja Jana Pawła II 51, +48 75 671 79 01 (), [17]. Mon-Sat, 09:00-21:00; Sun, 10:00-20:00. A fairly large and extensive shopping mall located next to the national road DK3 in the city's northwest near the city limits.

Eat[edit]

Jelenia Góra has a good selection of restaurants to chose from, whether it be local tastes of Silesia or basic Polish culinary staples, to more international-themed cuisine. Various restaurants, cafes, fast food outlets etc. are located in the vicinity of the Town Hall Square and 1st May Street in the city centre. You will also find numerous cafes, restaurants and pubs in Cieplice around Plac Piastowski.

Budget[edit]

ul. Konopnickiej in the Old Town is home to many restaurants and shops.
  • Karczma Staropolska, ul. 1 Maja 35 (Old Town), +48 75 752 23 50. Mon-Sun, 07:00-22:00. Located off the main drag on ul. Maja 1 in the Old Town, this basic Polish pub is a local watering hole and location to get your standard fare of Polish staples. 3-15zł.
  • Relaks, ul. 1 Maja 60 (Old Town), +48 75 753 30 85. Next to the Old Town, Relaks conjures up feelings of the old communist era with basic Polish cuisine. 4-15zł.
  • I Love Pizza, ul. Podwale 17a (Old Town), +48 731 765 807 (), [18]. Sun-Thu: 13:00-21:00; Fri-Sat: 13:00-22:00. Considered as one of the best pizza restaurants in the entire city and a popular hangout among locals, I Love Pizza offers affordable and delicious meals. 7-16zł.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Naleśnikarnia & Burger Pub, ul. Plac Piastowski 14 (Cieplice), +48 75 648 07 58 (), [19]. Mon-Sun: 11:00-21:00. A burger, crepe and beer seller in the Cieplice neighborhood, this popular restaurant offers Polish interpretations of French desert classics and American hamburgers. 8-20zł.
  • Shang-Hai, ul. Piłsudskiego 10 (Old Town), +48 75 752 64 78. Not far from Town Hall Square, Shang-Hai is one of Jelenia Góra's Asian restaurants, specializing in Chinese and Vietnamese food. 6-20zł.
  • metaphorapub, ul. Plac Ratuszowy 50 (Old Town), +48 75 75 22 838 (). Mon-Thu: 10:00-01:00; Fri-Sat: 10:00-02:00; Sun: 12:00-00:00. A more upscale pub popular with millennials and a slightly more sophisticated crowd located on Town Hall Square, serving Polish, Mediterranean and fusion cuisine. 8-30zł.
  • Sonata, ul. Plac Piastowski 13 (Cieplice), +48 75 75 57 217 (), [20]. Mon-Sun: 11:00-22:00. A relaxed and cozy cafe and restaurant located steps from Schaffgotsch Palace, serving traditional Polish cuisine. 8-25zł.
  • Kuźnia Smaku, ul. Plac Ratuszowy 34 (Old Town), +48 75 752 69 68. Mon-Sun: 11:00-22:00. A cozy and atmospheric restaurant on the Town Hall Square, Kuźnia Smaku serves generous servings of Silesian and Polish cuisine. 10-25zł.

Splurge[edit]

Plac Piastowski, Cieplice.
  • Sorrento, ul. Plac Ratuszowy 15-17 (Old Town), +48 75 75 259 28 (), [21]. Sun-Thu: 10:00-22:00; Fri-Sat: 10:00-00:00. Steps away from the ancient Town Hall, Sorrento serves traditional and upscale Italian cuisine. 10-50zł.
  • Lord Lounge, ul. Plac Ratuszowy 39-46 (Old Town), +48 570 581 896 (), [22]. Mon: closed; Tue-Wed: 12:00-22:00; Thu: 12:00-23:00; Fri-sat: 12:00-00:00; Sun: 12:00-22:00. Located on Town Hall Square, this elegant yet whimsical establishment serves Central European, British, and French cuisine along with some surprises from the tropical seas. 13-65zł.
  • Club Sushi, ul. Plac Ratuszowy 2-4 (Old Town), +48 75 300 02 60 (), [23]. Mon: closed; Tue-Sun: 12:00-21:00; Fri-Sat: 10:00-00:00. Specializing in Japanese sushi, this restaurant is located in the heart of the Old Town, where sushi can be ordered to go. 15-100zł.

Drink[edit]

There are numerous bars and cafes around the Old Town with flexible closing hours. In the warm spring and summer months, its common to spot locals having glasses of Zywiec or Piast beer or taking a shot of Żubrówka on all days of the week outside on restaurant or cafe areas of the Town Hall Square. As in other parts of Poland, there is also a strong coffee culture in the city.

Cafes[edit]

  • Kukutu Cafe, ul. Nowowiejska 27, +48 794 383 343. Mon: closed; Tue-Sat: 10:00-19:00; Sun: 11:00-19:00. An extremely popular cafe located away from the city center, Kukutu is known for its selection of coffees, drinks, pastries, and salads. 5-30zł.
  • Cafeina, ul. Ogińskiego 1d, +48 533 171 986, [24]. Mon-Thu: 09:00-21:00; Fri-Sat: 09:00-22:00; Sun: 12:00-20:00. Located on the north bank of the Bóbr River away from the Old Town, this small cafe and eatery offers excellent snacks and coffee. 5-23zł.
  • Appetit, ul. Plac Piastowski 33 (Cieplice). Located next to Schaffgotsch Palace and Spa Park, this charming cafe serves popular cakes and deserts. 5-25zł.

Bars[edit]

  • Pub Champion, ul. Skłodowskiej-Curie 4 (Old Town), ul. Plac Piastowski 21c (Cieplice), +48 75 641 84 00 (Old Town), +48 75 767 76 96 (Cipelice), [25]. Old Town 24 hours; Cieplice, Mon-Sat: 11:00-08:00; Sun:11:00-00:00. With two locations in the city, Pub Champion is one of the towns drinking wells for cold beers and cocktails.
  • Belfast Pub, ul. Plac Ratuszowy 11 (Old Town), +48 75 612 35 23, [26]. Mon-Thu: 11:00-00:00; Fri: 11:00-02:00; Sat: 12:00-02:00; Sun: 12:00-01:00. Jelenia Góra's popular Irish bar in the heart of the Old Town.

Sleep[edit]

Old Town in the summer.

There are an abundance of places to stay in and around Jelenia Góra. Travelers will often find locals displaying signs usually in Polish or German (pokoje/Zimmer) to advertise rooms available for short-term stays. However, note that you will mostly see them along the main roads and not in the city center or in residential areas. Many hotels and guest houses are located in the city center or in Cieplice.

Budget[edit]

  • Auto-Camping Park, ul. Sudecka 42a, +48 75 75 245 25 (), [27]. checkin: from 14:00; checkout: 12:00. A basic motel on the outskirts of the city, where guests can sleep in one of the many onsite camping trailers. 20-100zł.
  • Pokoje Gościnne Karina, ul. Cieplicka 22a (Cieplice), +48 75 64 807 32, [28]. checkin: 14:00-23:00; checkout: 07:00-13:00. A small guesthouse in the Cieplice neighborhood, not far from Spa Park. 30-70zł.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Mercure Jelenia Góra, ul. Sudecka 63, +48 75 71 30 460 (), [29]. checkin: from 14:00; checkout: until 12:00. Part of the Mercure hotel chain, this location offers affordable and comfortable stays near the heart of the city. 115-245zł.
  • Hotel Europa, ul. 1 Maja 16/18 (Old Town), +48 75 64 95 500 (, fax: +48 75 75 244 95), [30]. checkin: From 14:00; checkout: until 13:00. An establishment located only meters away from the Old Town on ul. 1 Maja. 125-235zł.
  • Hotel Bella, ul. Zamoyskiego 3 (Cieplice), +48 75 643 12 50 (, fax: +48 75 643 12 51), [31]. checkin: 14:00-23:00; checkout: 07:00-12:00. A three-star establishment in the heart of Cieplice. 130-300zł.
  • Na Górnej, ul. Górna 2 (Old Town), +48 75 64 500 50 (), [32]. checkin: 14:00-18:00; checkout: 11:00. Modern and stylish apartment, located directly in the old center. 130-280zł.
  • Hotel Baron, ul. Grodzka 4/5 (Old Town), +48 75 75 233 51 (), [33]. checkin: from 14:00; checkout: until 12:00. A cozy hotel and restaurant in the Old Town. 135-450zł.
  • Hotel Caspar, ul. Plac Piastowski 28 (Cieplice), +48 75 64 55 001 (), [34]. checkin: from 14:00; checkout: until 11:00. A comfortable and strongly rated hotel in the Cieplice neighborhood. 135-450zł.

Splurge[edit]

  • Pałac Łomnica, ul. Karpnicka 3, +48 75 71 30 460 (, fax: +48 75 71 30 533), [35]. checkin: from 14:00; checkout: until 12:00. A palace dating back to the late Middle Ages, originally owned by the aristocratic von Küster family in the nearby village of Łomnica, the Pałac Łomnica offers visitors a comfortable stay in serene surroundings. 190-670zł.

Get out[edit]

The countryside of the Karkonosze Mountains outside of Jelenia Góra.
  • Szklarska Poręba - a tourist resort in the Karkonosze Mountains on the Czech-Polish border known for its winter sports facilities and hiking tracks, famous for hosting international cross-country skiing competitions.
  • Karkonoski National Park - a national park twenty minutes south of the city straddling the mountainous Czech-Polish border, known for its rock formations and skiing.
  • Karpacz - a picturesque tourist resort in the Karkonosze Mountains, popular amongst skiers and snowboarders in the winter and hikers in the spring and summer.
  • Bolesławiec - located 50 km (31 mi) north of the city, Bolesławiec has a picturesque old town and museums dedicated to its porcelain industry.
  • Wrocław - the political and cultural capital of Lower Silesia located 110 km (68 mi) east, Wrocław is southeastern Poland's largest city and one of the country's principal tourist attractions.



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