D-32, May 23, Legnica to Zlotoryja

Summer weather caught up with us–I started and ended our 24-km (15-mi) walk in one short-sleeve layer. About half way through we married up with the Via Regia again and stayed on many shaded, low/traffic farm roads.

The overwhelming importance of this area around Legnica remains the Mongolian invasion during 1241.  The battle here was a crushing blow for European forces, but the Mongols had no immediate intention of conquering more territory to the west, rather focusing on their conquests in Hungary. The map I’m posting that we discovered in Legnica by its castle last evening shows the region, several of the battles (with cross swords), and the various trails (szlak). Interestingly, it has the Via Regia and the Szlak sw Jakobu (St Jakob = St James) going through Legnica rather than skirting around it!

Zlotoryja is noted for its late 12th century discovery of gold (one of its earlier names being Goldberg). That alone helped bring it onto the Via Regia “map” as being on the road tying Leipzig with Wroclaw (Breslau)! Most of the gold miners fought in the 1241 Battle of Legnica and perished. 


  1. Gerhard Treiber — 05-23-2016 at 10:33 am

    Hola Kurt,

    alles Gute auf Deinem weiteren Weg nach Santiago! Melde ich, wenn Du in Deutschland bist. Grüße auch von Heidelberg nach Ventura.


    • kurt — 05-23-2016 at 11:36 am

      Bestimmt werde ich mich melden! Alles Gute!

  2. Gerhard Treiber — 05-23-2016 at 10:48 am

    Hola Kurt,

    Du hast sicher bemerkt, dass oben ein “D” fehlt.

    Viele Grüße


  3. Joyce Summers — 05-23-2016 at 3:39 pm

    I saw on a larger map that you are almost to
    Germany. It sounds like the weather is warming up. I studied the map you posted with the Via Regia and the Way of St. James. Too bad much of history is the story of conflicts and battles.