You probably do not know this story…
I will tell you a fairytale. A true one. Once upon a time there was a beautiful Dutch princess. She felt deeply in love with a Swedish prince Gustaw Waza. Unfortunately, loving couple was never meant to get happily married. Why? Because her family had different plans for her. As a result of political situation and high pressure of royal authorities, the Dutch princess – Maria Orańska, was forced to marry someone else – Prussian prince, Albrecht Hohenzollern.
Well, saying this marriage was not successful is an understatement… Moreover, being super unhappy one day she run away from the Prussian husband. But what was actually positive in this bitter story, is that the princess was an independent and proactive woman. She involved herself and her fortune in development and modernization of many areas in Poland, including Międzygórze in Sudety Mountains. She bought this place in 1840 and soon made it a beautiful and peaceful holiday resort, full of amazing architecture and stunning villas that we can admire now days.
I think we should now be grateful to the Dutch princess as I am absolutely thrilled with this place. And trust me, you will be too! Time slows down visibly here and the life follows a serene rhythm… Would you like to follow it too…?
How to get there ?
Międzygórze is located in the Sudety Mountains in Poland, just about 20 km from the Polish – Czech border. It is about 3,5 hours drive from Vienna, 3 hours from Prague, 2 hours from Wroclaw, 5 hours and Berlin and also 5 hours from Warsaw. All these cities have international airports.
Where to stay ?
This is super easy for me to answer – I highly recommend you Pensjonat Alpejski Dwór. Of course, you will find in Międzygórze many beautiful villas transformed into guesthouses and hotels, but this one is for sure my favorite. For several reasons:
- Amazing location on the hill, just next to the forest. It is the last guesthouse on the pathway so this place is really peaceful and intimate.
- Rooms are traditionally decorated and really cosy. Not very spacious but equipped with everything you may need and some of them have nice balconies. Dogs are also welcome here :)
- Great value for money. We have payed 120 polish zloty (28 euro, low-season price) per person per night including breakfast and additional services, like park place, sauna, hot tube, outdoor fireplace and evening concert.
- A-M-A-Z-I-N-G food. An I really mean it! It’s a slow cooking concept and all meals are prepared from fresh local ingredients (also from their own garden!). Delicious river fish and also lots of gluten free options. You will not get a chance to stay hungry!
- Sauna and hot tub makes the difference. The hot tub is located outside and is overlooking the beautiful view of the valley. Sipping a wine while relaxing in the hot water surrounded by forest, what else?
- And last but not least, the owners and stuff is the friendliest and the nicest team. They will make you feel welcome and they are always open to make your any wish come true.
If you need to rent a full apartment with its own kitchen in one of the villas in Międzygórze, it is also possible. I have an experience with one place that is really beautiful, but I will not recommend it here as the lady that is taking care of this villa was super impolite and rude to us (and to other guests of this place too). So if you do not mind unpleasant and rude people and would like to rent something more spacious, please contact me directly. I will give you all the contact info.
Local attractions in Polish mountains you cannot miss
Międzygórze and its peaceful surrounding offers various of interesting attractions: historical and sacral architecture that you can visit, natural wonders and rare landscapes, excellent conditions for sports and leisure both in summer and winter. Depending on your needs, it is a perfect place for both, a quiet retreat or days packed with activities.
What I recommend:
- The Wilczki Waterfall Nature Reserve – absolutely a must! Spectacular waterfall, which is the highest waterfall in Sudety Mountains. Accessible also for people with disabilities (there is a little, specially design promenade leading to the place).
- The Dam – located at the entrance to Międzygórze and accessible for tourists. The reservoir was created at the beginning of the 20th century when the first 29 m high and approximately 108 m long stone dam was erected. Interesting to see!
- Hiking paths with different difficulties levels are perfect for everyone, even for small kids.
- „Szwajcarka” Hut – In 1806 a shepherd’s farmstead was built and named „Szwajcarka” (Polish for a female Swiss). Now, after some renovations the place is welcoming guests and mountain wanderers.
- The Bear Cave is also one of the very interesting attractions. Located on the right slope of the Kleśnica valley in a block of marble on Stroma Mt. (1166.8 above sea level). It is the longest cave in the Sudety Mountains and one of the largest in Poland.
- The Sanctuary of Mary of The Snow – destination of excursions and pilgrimages, visited twice by the pope Jan Paul II. It is located at the end of one of the trails and there is also a little hut next to the sanctuary where you can relax at the terrace on the sunny day. Stunning view!
- The Fairytale Garden – perfect ataction for small kids. It is a garden filled with fairytale characters from movies and books, made out of wood and stone. The Fairy Tale Garden is located close to the red trail and on the yellow trail leading from Międzygórze to the Sanctuary on Góra Igliczna. Nice and doable walking distance for kids.
- A panoramic tower on Trójmorski Mt. on the yellow trail from Międzygórze, beautiful view of the surrounding.
- Biking tours -there are numerous routes of diversified degree of difficulty for bike lovers. Also, the place hosts a MTB XC standard biking competition known as the Śnieżnik Challenge.
- Winter sports – in the winter season you can enjoy sleigh rides, snowshoe walks, or skiing in the nearby ski resort Czarna Góra.
Best time to visit
This is actually hard to say as this place is beautiful all year round. Although it has also some high and low seasons. Just bear in mind that some of the places like local shops or cafes can be closed off the main season. The summer season in Międzygórze starts in May and last till the end of October.
Interesting facts about Międzygórze
Do you know what esperanto is? An international, constructed, auxiliary language. So imagine that there are regular “Esperanto holidays” organised in Międzygórze for people speaking this language.
Another interesting fact is that the first ever skiing book autor – Mathias Zdarsk, has been giving skiing lessons here.
And something for my Polish readers – the first ever “Czterej pancerni i pies” episode has been filmed here also! The winter scenery was perfect for pretending that the action is taking place in Siberia ;) Also, Agnieszka Holland was filming in Międzygórze her famous movie “Pokot” (eng. Spoor). And guess what, she and the whole movie team was staying at Pensjonat Alpejski Dwór.
So what do you think about this pearl of Sudety Mountains? Isn’t this hidden Polish gem an interesting place to plan a little trip to?