Sunday, 1 September 2019

Sośnicowice

Sośnicowice - a tiny city whose origins date back to the Middle Ages, it was founded among beautiful pine forests. There are no pine trees anymore, the town is now surrounded by arable fields, but the name was left as a reminder of those times. This is my second visit to this place - you will find other attractions in this post.

The first place worth seeing is a slightly neglected palace - a late baroque building that was erected in 1755 by Karol Józef von Hoditz in the place of a medieval castle. Near the palace, there is a landscape park. From 1965, it houses the Nursing Home "Ostoja".

Sośnicowice - Palace
Sośnicowice - Palace
Sośnicowice - Palace
Sośnicowice - Palace
Sośnicowice - Nursing Home "Ostoja"
Sośnicowice - Palace
Sośnicowice - Palace
Sośnicowice - Palace
Sośnicowice - Palace
Sośnicowice - Palace
Sośnicowice - Palace Park
Sośnicowice - Palace Park
Sośnicowice - Palace
Sośnicowice - Palace
Sośnicowice - Palace
Saint John of Nepomuk is a frequent visitor to the Silesian land. He is an advocate during the floods but also a patron of bridges. According to folk tradition, he was a saint who protected fields and crops against floods, but also drought. That is why the statues of John Nepomuk can still be found today along the roads near bridges, rivers, but also on public and church squares and at road intersections. It is similar in Sośnicowice - it stands behind the Saint James Church.

Sośnicowice - Saint John of Nepomuk
Sośnicowice - Saint John of Nepomuk
School building from 1927.

Sośnicowice  - Primary school
Sośnicowice - Primary school
Sośnicowice - Primary school
Saint Mark's Chapel is a brick building with facades and a renovated image of Saint Mark.

Sośnicowice - Saint Mark's Chapel
Sośnicowice - Saint Mark's Chapel
Sośnicowice - Saint Mark's Chapel
Sośnicowice - Saint Mark's Chapel
Sośnicowice - Saint Mark's Chapel

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Saturday, 31 August 2019

Chuchelná

The village of Chuchelná is part of the Hlučín Region, which is a forgotten piece of Upper Silesia.

This is an area where the Czech, Moravian, German and Polish people lived together to create their own separate culture. A nice small town has a lot to offer. It is worth stopping at Lichnovský Park, there are benches and you can relax by a small pond. Nearby are other attractions such as Lichnovský Mausoleum, Kostel Povýšení sv. Kříže, Heritage museum in Chuchelná and the castle but I couldn't get to it. For a delicious Czech beer, I invite you to Tělovýchovná jednota Spartak Restaurant.

Chuchelná - Viewpoint
Chuchelná - Lichnovský Mausoleum
Chuchelná - Park Lichnovských
Chuchelná - Park Lichnovských
Chuchelná - Lichnovský Mausoleum
Chuchelná - Kostel Povýšení sv. Kříže
Chuchelná - Walls around Zámek Chuchelná
Chuchelná - Heritage museum in Chuchelná
Chuchelná - Figure
Chuchelná - Viewpoint
Chuchelná - Memorial to fallen Russian soldiers at the end of the Second World War
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Thursday, 15 August 2019

One Day Route: Hiking Loop around Leśnica Valley

Hiking along the mountain trails is not only nature and beautiful views. It also means meeting people. For more meetings, the route must be longer - in this humorous way, I will describe the beautiful route around the Leśnica Valley connecting Ustroń, Wisła, Szczyrk, and Brenna

I suggest starting the route in Ustroń - there is a large and free car park at Słoneczna Street. We start the route along the red trail among the buildings of Ustroń, then through the forest until we reach the parking lot in front of the Równica peak. We climb the yellow trail to the top. The view from here is not special but it is worth relaxing here. On the blue route, we can get back to the parking lot or go on an unmarked path - I suggest this option. The blue route will lead us to the summit of Trzy Kopce Wiślańskie, here we change the trail to yellow to the Salmopol pass and then the red and black route to Brenna. The green route leads from Brenna on the way back to the Równica peak and from here we return to our parking lot along the same red route. 

The route is approximately 46 km long and should take less than 11 hours.

Ustroń - Równica
Ustroń - Vistula River
Ustroń - Dwór Skibówki
Ustroń - View from Dwór Skibówki
Ustroń - View from Dwór Skibówki
On the way to Orłowa Peak
On the way to Trzy Kopce Wiślańskie Peak
On the way to Trzy Kopce Wiślańskie Peak
On the way to Trzy Kopce Wiślańskie Peak
On the way to Trzy Kopce Wiślańskie Peak
On the way to Trzy Kopce Wiślańskie Peak
On the way to Trzy Kopce Wiślańskie Peak
Przytulisko Telesforówka
On the red route to Brenna
On the red route to Brenna
Observation Deck - Black Route to Brenna
Observation Deck - Black Route to Brenna
Observation Deck - Black Route to Brenna
View from Observation Deck
Observation Deck - Black Route to Brenna
Observation Deck - Black Route to Brenna
Sheep - Black Route to Brenna
Sheep - Black Route to Brenna
Sheep - Black Route to Brenna
Sheep - Black Route to Brenna
Old building - Green Route to Ustroń
Ustroń - Vistula River

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