Last updated: 20/01/2017 [Design & Pictures by Simons Nature]
Poland

Poland

A bit forgotten from the Western World in the east of Europe is Silesia, former a part of the German Empire, now a province of Poland. Changeable history, various occupiers and deeply faithful people have left their mark. Now, more than 20 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, many buildings have been renovated (of course the European Championship in football has helped), the infrastructure is at a good level and the cities are slowly discovered by tourists. For example, Krakow (Cracow), and Wroclaw (Breslau) are just as beautiful and interesting as the much more popular City of Prague, but far away from being so flooded by the masses. It is worth to make a trip to the East of Europe soon, before everything has been changed.
Kamień Śląski (German: Gross Stein) is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Gogolin, within Krapkowice County, Opole Voivodeship, in south-western Poland. It lies approximately 9 kilometres (6 mi) north-east of Gogolin, 13 km (8 mi) north-east of Krapkowice, and 17 km (11 mi) south-east of the regional capital Opole. Before 1945 the area was part of Germany.
Góra Świętej Anny (German: Sankt Annaberg mean "Saint Anne's Mountain") is a village in the Opole Voivodeship, Strzelce County, and Gmina Leśnica of Poland. The village is located on the hill from which its name derives, and a 15th-century church and monastery dedicated to Saint Anne are located in the village. The settlement lies within the protected area called Góra Świętej Anny Landscape Park. In 1921, while still part of Germany, the hill was the site of the Battle of Annaberg during the Silesian Uprisings.
Kraków is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River (Polish: Wisła) in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland's most important economic hubs. It was the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1569; the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1569 to 1596; the Grand Duchy of Kraków from 1846 to 1918; and Kraków Voivodeship from the 14th century to 1999.
The castle in Moszna is one of the best known monuments in the western part of Upper Silesia. The history of this building begins in the half of the 17th century, although old cellars were found in the gardens during excavations which were carried out at the beginning of the 20th century. Some of the investigators, including H. Barthel, claimed that those cellars could have been remnants of a presumed Templar castle, but their theory has never been proved true. After World War II, further excavations discovered a medieval palisade.
Żywocice is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Krapkowice, within Krapkowice County, Opole Voivodeship, in south-western Poland. It lies approximately 23 km (14 mi) south of Opole. Before 1945 the area was part of Germany. The village has a population of 1,300. Firstly mentioned as Ziboczicz in 1300.
Opole is a city in southern Poland on the Oder River (Odra). It has a population of 125,992 (June 2009) and is the capital of the Upper Silesia, Opole Voivodeship and, also the seat of Opole County. Today, many German Upper Silesians and Poles of German ancestry live in the Opole region; in the city itself, Germans make up less than 3% of population. Opole's history begins in the 8th century.
Wrocław, situated on the River Oder (Polish: Odra) in Lower Silesia, is the largest city in western Poland. Wrocław is the historical capital of Silesia, and today is the capital of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship. At various times it has been part of the Kingdom of Poland, Bohemia, the Austrian Empire, Prussia, and Germany; it has been part of Poland since 1945, as a result of border changes after World War II. The city of Wrocław originated as a Bohemian stronghold at the intersection of two trade routes, the Via Regia and the Amber Road. The name of the city was first recorded in the 10th century as Vratislavia, possibly derived from the name of a Bohemian duke Vratislav I.
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