Szklarska Poręba is a beautiful and picturesque city located in the valley of the Kamienna River. It borders with Szrenica (1362m ASWL.) in the south, the Czarna Góra (965m ASWL.) and Wysoki Kamień (1059 m ASWL.) in the north. The Karkonosze Foothills separate the city from the Jeleniogórska Valley. In a nutshell, Szklarska Poręba is surrounded by the mountains almost from all sides. Forests constitute 86% of Szklarska Poręba. The whole city is an area of 76 km2 with the population of eight thousand people. There are also the Karkonoski National park and several nature reserves in the city.
St. Lucas' Mill
St. Lucas' Mill can be found at the heart of Szklarska Poręba. It is admittedly one of the most eye-catching buildings in the city that has not only a beautiful and alpine architecture but also a rich and interesting history.
Park of the Mountain Spirit
The amazing Park of the Mountain Spirit is located near the House of Carl and Gerhard Hauptmann. The historic park that underwent reconstruction in 2011 is by all means one of the most interesting places in Szklarska Poręba where you can spend time surrounded by nature and taking the advantage of fully enjoying its charms. You can be sure that there is plenty to admire in the park.
Walking in the Karkonoski National Park, you can come across a beautiful element of the nature- the Szklarka Waterfall- located on the part of the Szklarka creed called Wąwoz Szklarki (Szklarka Gorge). In its middle part, 520m above the sea level, the Szklarka Waterfall cascades down on a rocky threshold. The waterfall stream is as much as 13,3 m!
The Izery Rail is a wondrous route connecting Szklarska Poręba and Jakuszyce. This rail link between Jelenia Góra, Szklarska Poręba and Korenov was activated in 2010 after 65 years of stagnation. Undoubtedly, the Izery Rail is one of the most interesting rail links in Poland.
Museum of Energy
Going to the old water power plant, remember to visit the Museum of Energy- one of the most interesting places in Szklarska Poręba where you can discover the devices which were once used by energy engineers and energy recipients. What exactly can you see? Many fascinating objects, including old electricity meters, station isolators, linear isolators, various measuring instruments, generators, current and voltage transformers of the low and high voltage, and many others. A huge number of monuments dates back to the period before the war, for example, the electric power generator from 1912 or addressograph that came into existence 13 years later.
Karkonoskie Environmental Educational Centre
If you are interested in the richness and diversity of the nature in the Karkonosze Mountains, the Karkonosze Environmental Educational Centre must be visited. Every visitor may explore the world of animate and inanimate nature on the Polish and Czech side of the mountains. The Centre has several interactive rooms showing, for example, glacial pits, fauna, flora, peat bogs, forests, the flattest nature phenomena and the human impact on mountains.
Museum of Land
The Museum of Land is an important element for visitors in Szklarska Poręba where you can see the permanent exhibition of precious and ornamental stones found in the Sudety Mountains and in the world. Apart from the Polish minerals, you can also see the specimens of sulphur and barite from Machów, agates from the Kaczawskie Mountains, green chalcedonies from Szklary, amethysts from the Karkonosze Mountains, quartz from the Izery Mountains and also smoky quartz from around Strzegom. The collection is supplemented by the collection from the remotest parts of the world such as Australia, Russia, Brazil and even Kenya.
The Museum was built in 1993 and was established by the Sokołowski family: Renata, Grzegorz and their son Kazimierz. At the Mineralogical Museum there are around 3000 exhibits to be admired including the minerals and fossils from all over the world as well as the Gibeon Meteorite, an exhibit from space. Entering the Museum, look around as in front of it there is the only Carboniferous Forest in Europe (i.e. fossilized trunks of the Dadoxylon tree). These tress grew around 300 million years ago!