Tired of city noise and dust?
Let’s go out of Wrocław to catch some fresh air! And where you can do it better than in mountains?
On 25 of May for everybody interested in little hiking we organized a trip to Góry Stołowe (The Table Mountains), located at Lower Silesia region. Look at its flat top and you will have no doubt that the name is appropriate...
The highest peak is Szczeliniec Wielki (919 m n.p.m.), which can be translated as “The Great Crack” or “Full of Clefts” and again, the name describes it very good!
When mounting up we had to squeeze ourselves through the corridors of cracked rocks and walk many stairs. But the view from the top was worth that!
If anybody thought, that the way to the top was hard and narrow, then he/she had a surprise! On the way down we had to cross a famous rock formation called “The Labyrinth” – and here the fun began.
Rocks and boulders that remains some animals (a camel, an elephant, a hen, an ape, narrow passages, deep ravines (called “The Devil’s Kitchen” and “The Little Hell”), and corridors so small that you almost had to crawl.
That’s what we love! A curiosity: in Little Hell part of “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” movie was filmed.
After that part we had a lunch (a fried trout, one of our highlanders specialties) and we went to the next point – The chapel of Skulls in Czermna, next to Kudowa-Zdrój. Yes, you read correctly – The Chapel of Skulls.
And it’s called that because walls of this small, baroque church are filled with three thousand skulls, and there are also bones of another 21 thousand people interred in the basement. And no, it’s not a house of vampires or a sanctuary of dark sect. In fact it is the mass grave of people who died during the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648), three Silesian Wars (1740–1763), as well as of people who died because of cholera epidemics, plague, syphilis and hunger. It is the only such monument in Poland, and one of six in Europe. A little bit macabre, but definitely worth seen!
After this little stop we moved to Złoty Stok (Golden Slope) located in Góry Złote (Golden Mountains) next to the Złoty Potok (Golden Stream). And guess what’s there? A gold mine! Surprise! With our humorous guide we had a chance to visit its dark corridors (by foot and by boat), meet a mine troll, get to know a little bit about gold and alchemy, see underground waterfall and even try to obtain some gold by ourselves!
In the end everybody had a vial of gold – well, of piryt (so called “fool’s gold”), but as it contains micrograms of gold, we can say we found some gold!