D-36, May 27, Bożkowice to Świeradów-Zdrój

Walked the short distance of 6 km from the Bożkowice Wroclaw University Retreat Centers to Zlotniki (gold workers), so named because of the gold mines that existed in the vicinity. We then took a bus to the spa town of Świeradów-Zdrój, a favorite town of Eddie’s, mainly because of the beautiful views from the nearby mountain.

But when we arrived and tried to look for lodging, we soon discovered it was very pricey and nearly zero availability, unless you went some 10 miles away. We felt bummed about that and the downpour that we barely avoided by having lunch under a large umbrella. Eddie checked in with the Local Information Office and located a cute room at a private residence for $15 for both of us!

The rain hasn’t let up, so we postponed our gondola ride until the morning after which we’ll head to Luban by bus (we already walked all except 1.5 km to Luban when we veered south to Olszyna).

Some interesting tidbits on the way to Świeradów-Zdrój: old German farming implements the Germans abandoned when they were ordered to leave Silesia at the end of WW II; Patton’s Army apparently had pushed as far as Orlowice here in Poland (wow); and in Giebułtów a monk who was dispensing sins yet to be committed apparently helped trigger Luther’s Reformation (I have no reference, except Eddie!).

When we first arrived here, we filled our bottles with their famous spring water laden with curative powers. I’ve also included some shots of the main street and their huge hotel.


  1. Joyce Summers — 05-28-2016 at 5:45 am

    Interesting history of the farm equipment, still sitting where it was abandoned. Glad you and Eddie found a place to stay and are drinking the healing spring water. I wonder if they are hot or cold water springs. I read that these mineral springs are helpful for multiple ailments. “Treatments in Swieradow-Zdroj include those for musculoskeletal, rheumatic and neurological disorders, gynaecological and respiratory tract diseases, peripheral atherosclerosis, asthma, allergies and osteoporosis.” Looks like you are near the border of the Czech Republic.

    • kurt — 05-28-2016 at 10:16 am

      Joyce, on May 28, Saturday, we took the gondola up the steep mountain and took a hike that landed us within 600 m of the border, but the path was so rocky, I abandoned my attempt. Great list of ailments that the cool spring water I filled up on may help–it really tastes like heavy mineral water! ❤️

      • Joyce Summers — 05-28-2016 at 3:01 pm

        Glad you replenished your water supply. I am sure the mineral water from the springs does wonders for pilgrims.

        • Edward Wolski — 06-05-2016 at 5:48 am

          Yes,it does wonders for me

  2. Joanne Lopez-Rojas — 06-05-2016 at 11:39 pm

    Rumor has it that drinking that fresh spring water is like discovering the fountain of youth! HUM?? *Hope we recognize you when you return..