Szklarska Poreba is the largest holiday resort and centre of winter sports in the Sudeten Mountains, with plenty of space for everyone among these beautiful surroundings. Although there are some museums in this animated town, people flock here mainly for the splendour of nature and for the abundance of outdoor activities the region has to offer. The town offers a wide variety of accommodation facilities.
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The name Szklarska Poreba means ‘glass forest clearing’, and actually comes from the local glass making industry. For centuries the manufacturing of glass and glass products has been the chief driving force behind the development of the town. Szklarska Poreba is the site of the first glassworks to be founded in the Sudeten Mountains, which occurred as early as the 14th century.
Szklarska Poreba lies 440-886 m above sea level in the south-western part of the country, about 130 km from the Lower Silesian capital of Wroclaw and almost at the intersection of Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. The little town occupies the valley of the Kamienna River and its tributaries in the Karkonosze Mountains, the latter constituting the highest part of the Sudeten massif.
Szklarska Poreba obtained city rights in 1960, which makes it one of the youngest towns in Poland. However, by the 12th century the area was already being mined for gold and other natural riches.