Mount Sleza – a mountain located in Lower Silesia in Poland




Poland is a country located in Central Europe. It has a long Baltic Sea coastline. It is bordered by:
• Belarus
• Czech Republic
• Germany
• Lithuania
• Russia
• Slovakia
• Ukraine

Mount Sleza is a mountain in the Sudetes foothills that is located in Lower Silesia.

Overview of Mount Sleza

• This is about 30 km (19 mi) from Wroclaw in southern Poland.
• This is a natural reserve that is built mostly of granite.
• This is about 718 m high and covered with forests.
• The mountain and the region in the vicinity form the protected area called Sleza Landscape Park.
• There is an ancient cult sculpture of a bear at the top of Mount Sleza.
The top of the mountain has a:
– PTTK tourist Mountain hut
– A TV and radio mast
– Church Mary
– Poorly visible ruins of the castle
– Observation tower

The Church at the top:
• In the Neolithic Period and dating back to the 7th century BC, Mount Sleza was a holy place.
• This belonged to the heathen tribes of the Lusatian culture.
• It was then settled by Celts.
• Later it was settled by Germanic Lugians.
• Scientists consider that the sacred wood of the Alcis that comes from Germanic mythology and that is mentioned by Tacitus in his Germania was located on Mount Sleza.
• The Silingi which is a subpopulation of the East Germanic tribe and who are known as the Vandals are the earliest inhabitants of Silesia.
• They formed the greater part of them who moved westwards after the 5th century A.D.
• The remainder was slowly replaced in the 6th century by Slavic tribes.
• They were who assimilated the few remaining East Germanic inhabitants.
• The Silingi were associated to be a part of the Przeworsk culture.
• The name of the territory Silesia derives from the Sleza River.
• It is also considered to be derived from Mount Sleza.
• The hill itself was a religious center of the East Germanic Vandalic people of Silingi.
• Mount Sleza has ancient Germanic holy places dedicated to a sun deity.
• It remained a holy place during Christian times.
• In the first half of the 12th century, the owner of the place was the Polish dukes’ governor, Danish Peter Wlast Dunin.
• He founded there an Augustinian convent.
• This was subsequently moved to Breslau in 1153.
• In 1148 the mountain is recorded as Mons Silecii.

10 other mountain peaks closest to Mount Sleza:
– Radunia Mountain (573 m) 4.0 km
– Wielka Sowa (1014 m) 25.9 km
– Kalenica (964 m) 27.2 km
– Velka Destna (1115 m) 66.1 km
– Czarna Kopa (1407 m) 67.5 km
– Snezka or Snezka (1602 m) 69.7 km
– Smogornia (1489 m) 72.9 km
– Kralicky Sneznik (1424 m) 73.9 km
– Snieznik or Antler Mountain (1426 m) 74.4 km
– Maly Szyszak (1436 m) 75.3 km

Sports in Poland

• Mountain hikes
• Water sports
• Skiing
• Horse riding
• Cycling
• First bungee jump
• Paintball encounter
• Rock climbing

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country.
• The climate is oceanic in the north and west.
• It becomes gradually warmer and continental towards the south and east.
• Summers are generally warm.
• It is with average temperatures between 18 °C (64 °F) and 30 °C (86.0 °F).
• Winters are rather cold.
• There are with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and 6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast.
• Precipitation falls throughout the year.
• The warmest region in Poland is Lower Silesian that is located in south-western Poland.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get to Poland?

1. By plane
• Most of Europe’s major airlines fly to and from Poland.
• Poland’s national carriers are LOT Polish Airlines.
• There are also a number of low cost airlines that fly to Poland. These include:
– WizzAir
– EasyJet
– Germanwings
– Norwegian
– Ryanair
There are also direct flights from United States and Canada. LOT operates direct flights from:
– Toronto
– New York
– Chicago
– Non-direct flights from other cities
International airlines fly mainly to Warsaw (WAW). Other major airports in Poland are:
– Krakow
– Katowice
– Gdask
– Pozna
– Wrocaw
– Szczecin
– Rzeszow
– Bydgoszcz
A new terminal has been opened at the Warsaw Chopin airport which will significantly increase the airport’s capacity.

2. By Train
Direct connections with:
• Berlin
• Amsterdam, via Koeln, Hannover
• Kiev via Lviv
• Vienna
• Prague
• Moscow

3. By Car
You can enter Poland by one of many roads linking Poland with the neighboring countries.

4. By Bus
There are many international bus lines that connect major Polish cities.
• Voyager
• Eurolines
• Ecolines
• PolskiBus.com
• Simple Express

5. By Boat
• From Sweden
– Ystad by Unity Line
– Karlskrona by Stena Line
– Nynashamn
– Visby
– Ystad by Polferries

• From Denmark
– Copenhagen
– Bornholm

• From Finland
– Helsinki by Finnlines

• From Germany
– Rostock by Finnlines

6. By Yacht
There are more and more ports along Polish coast. Bigger marinas are located in:
– Szczecin
– Eba
– Hel
– Gdynia
– Gdask

7. By plane
– Polish national carrier LOT has daily connections.
– These are between the biggest cities with a hub in Warsaw.

8. By train
– In Poland, the national railway carriers are PKP InterCity and Przewozy Regionalne.
– There are few local carriers that belong to voivod ships or major cities.
– Train tickets are quite economical.
There are new InterCity routes such as:
• Warsaw – Katowice
• Warsaw – Krakow
• Warsaw – Pozna
• Pozna – Szczecin
Train types
• E-IC (ExpressInterCity) / EC (EuroCity) / Ex (Express)
• TLK (Twoje Linie Kolejowe)
• RE (RegioEkspress)
• IR (InterRegio)
• REGIO / Osobowy
• Podmiejski
• Narrow gauge

Some Travel Books on Poland

Poland Lonely Planet Poland Poland: A Unique Country & Its People

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at staypoland.com
Hotels at travelpoland.com

Blogs / Sites about Poland

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at odyssei.com
blogs at travbuddy.com
blogs and reviews at travelblog.org

Images and photos of Poland

images at google.com
images at wikipedia.org
images at panoramio.com
images at odyssei.com

Videos of Poland




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