Around the Tavern
Being satisfied with the tastes and the atmosphere of Tavern, it is worth to explore the area around, as is perfectly situated thus it is very easy to reach the most interesting places in this part of Lower Silesia. If a tourist, who will visit us, decides to spend the night over here, he will spend it in comfortable environment, but will also gain the opportunity to visit the nearby attractions. There are many various attractions here.
Around here, there should be no time for boredom, the ancient monuments of nature invites you – Lower Silesian Wilderness and amazing buildings, such as Kliczkow Castle and Grodziec Castle, of course, the longest railway bridge in this part of Europe, picturesquely located on the Beaver. The region is extolled by the artists who are particularly fond of it. You also cannot forget about the gold of Boleslawiec, or ceramics – in Boleslawiec the Ceramics Museum , is waiting, numerous factories and ceramic shops. WE INTINVITE YOU TO TOUR AROUND!
Our Tavern is located in the centre of a picturesque village called Kruszyn. A small town but with the old history and traditions. Its name derives from the Slavic word meaning pear, and the oldest archaeological discoveries come from the Neolithic times. The most important evidence of Slavic settlement here is the cremation cementary of Lusatian culture. In Kruszyn, you can find the traces of Napoleonic Wars, I and the II World Wars too. Today, Kruszyn has about 1200 residents living here, the town is developing and encourages tourists to visit. Extraordinary people are living here, who are trying to cultivate the tradition and join generations, for example: through local competitions such as this year's contest for the most beautiful Easter composition.
Further wanderings around the attractions of the region cannot start anywhere else than in Boleslawiec, a microcosm which should hit every visitor of Tavern. A walk around the city will quickly reveal what a charming and unique place this is. Passing the gothic sanctuary block of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, then the houses in the city centre, the town hall, just a few minutes away from the city centre, you can find the architectural gem counting 164 years old – the railway viaduct on the Beaver. It looks most beautiful at night. Stylishly lit, it brings back to mind its official opening by the King of Prussia, Frederick William IV, and it is the longest railway bridge in Poland. If heading for a romantic walk, it can only be the area of the viaduct, especially that one of the thickest pillars, resembling towers of the medieval castles, can be seen from the inside.
Although the viaduct is a unique place, it is not the first thing that is associated with the town of Beaver. Nothing extolled a city in Poland and beyond it, as pottery of Boleslawiec, whose history dates back to the fourteenth century which is the greatest treasure of Boleslawiec. . Today in Boleslawiec, you can visit the Ceramics Museum , in order to learn about the history of the city and the craft, and then indulge in shopping spree in stores with contemporary pottery. If your stay near Boleslawiec falls in the summer season, it is worth visiting the city in the penultimate weekend of August, when the annual Ceramic Festival in Boleslawiec is organised. The growing year by year event attracts a lot of tourists who wants to enjoy the beauty of ceramics but also participate in workshops, demonstrations of the potter's wheel and various form of ceramic painting by professionals and amateurs. What also waits for you during this time are visual artists happenings and antiques marketplace. The great attraction is Gliniada, which is a parade full of tourists and locals who are painted with clay.
It is a city that is not only rich in history and beautiful traditions associated with the production of ceramics. It's a town with strong character, well maintained and friendly both for locals as well as for tourists. The Weekly Newsweek Poland magazine, in the special wealth, The Best Municipalities and Counties 2009, the Association of Polish Counties ranking has been published in which Boleslawiec won the second place in Poland. It is worth being here, because being here once is not enough, to feel and to enjoy the atmosphere and magic of this city.
Close to Boleslawiec, in the village Tomaszow Boleslawiecki you can participate in the blowing glass show from the famous products of Studio Borowski. Artists are working in this factory, for whom the glass becomes a creative matter, and from their work a number of fantastic creatures, unique sculptures of people and even furniture are created. A copy of the utility or artistic glass can be a great souvenir from your visit at the Studio, you can purchase from a store operating near the factory.
From Tomaszow it is worth visiting Grodziec Castle, , beautifully located, towering majestically over the whole area. Everyone calls it the Castle on the Volcano, because it was built on a steep volcanic hill. Wrapped in green forests, from a bird's point of view, it looks like a castle from a fairy tale. No wonder it is widely liked by the filmmakers and producers of various television programs. In Grodziec, programs developed such as Cabbage with peas by Elizabeth Dzikowska, Dr Bogusław Bednarek's Mazes and Robert Makłowicz's culinary travel. As for a castle it should be, it is a place where knights tournaments take place, feasts and also rallies, for example: fans of old cars.
Tour around the castle is not the last attraction of the region. It is worth going to a picturesque route through Zlotoryja and Lwowek, and to Plawna – an inconspicuous village on the highway between Boleslawiec and Jelenia Gora. These areas aren't famous without a reason for its diversity, that is worth visiting or where you should be. Of such place belongs Plawna and an artistic group operating in the area calledPlawna 9. Its founder, Darius Milinski, is inspiring constantly increasing circle of friends – artists to theatrical activities, which resulted in ten premières and awards at prestigious theatre festivals. In Plawna various types of artists meet. Painting workshops, sculpture and photography studios are available for them. For those, thirsty of creative atmosphere and a lush of green grass, guests houses are available too, and once a year, on 10th August in Plawna 9, an International Creative Outdoor Action takes place.
While visiting Boleslawiec and its surroundings, it is worth spending some time familiarising yourself with another castle, this time it is the ducal castle Kliczkow - which dates back to 1297. For several hundred of years of its history, the building changed owners and it was a witness to extraordinary events. This amazing place was rebuilt in 2000 and it has become a regional attraction.
Castles are often remarkable buildings, old, shrouded in legends. But nothing will eclipse the beauty and the age of the most beautiful natural monument in the area of Boleslawiec, the Lower Silesian Forests. Settlement in these areas dates back to the Mesolithic. Due to low fertile soil, the forests were not, in time and the development of civilisation, converted into farmland. Thanks to this, today they make a local miracle of nature, the lungs of the region, one of the largest dense forests in Eastern Europe. If you're to know the forests, it is important to do it as close with nature as possible, i.e. by walking or cycling along the nature-educational paths, which were prepared for tourists. However, the closest look up of the forests you may get are during horse riding. Horse recreation centres provide you with this opportunity.
Fascinated, but tired of the onslaught of tourist attractions, you'll slowly return to Tavern, because anywhere else but here, you'll rest after exploring the region. The quiet interior, full of old trinkets “with a soul”, calmly you may say goodbye to the magic known-unknown fragment of Lower Silesia.
We invite you to Tavern!