Valley of Palaces and Gardens

In the heart of the Sudety Mountains lies the Valley of Palaces and Gardens, where you can enjoy the magnificent scenery and also discover historical monuments. There are about thirty castles, chateaux and manor houses alone here. Medieval residential towers, castles, Renaissance manors and Baroque palaces can be found here. This is why the area was dubbed the "Silesian Elysium" at the beginning of the 19th century, comparing it to some extent to the castles and chateaux of the Loire Valley in France.

During the Romantic period, the Jeleniogórska Valley was a well-known tourist and spa destination throughout Europe. The finest European families established their residences here. Apart from the aristocracy, artists, philosophers and nature lovers came here (e.g. Frederic Chopin, Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, John Quincy Adams).

The list of buildings belonging to the Valley of Palaces and Gardens is truly impressive:

- Bukowiec Palace
- Country park and manor house in Bukowiec
- Brunów Palace
- Schaffgotsch Palace in Cieplice
- Czernica Palace
- Palace in Dąbrowica
- Bolczów Castle in Janowice Wielkie
- Manor house in Janowice Wielkie
- Czarne Manor in Jelenia Góra
- Paulinum Palace in Jelenia Góra
- Oak Palace in Karpniki
- Karpniki Castle
- Smyrna Palace in Kowary
- Palace in Chisinau - Kowary
- New Manor in Radociny - Kowary
- Palace and Widow's House in Lomnica
- Miłków Palace
- Mniszków Manor
- The Royal Palace in Mysłakowice
- Pakoszov Palace
- Palace in Sobieszów
- Chojnik Castle in Sobieszów
- Princely Tower in Siedlcein
- Palace on the Water in Staniszów Dolny
- Palace in Staniszów Górny
- Palace in Wojanow
- Palace in Wojanów-Bobrów

The Valley of Palaces and Gardens, covering approximately 100 km2, borders the Karkonosze Mountains to the south and the Kaczawskie Mountains to the north, the Rudawy Janowickie Mountains to the east and the Łomnickie Hills to the west. The whole area is covered by a dense network of roads, often with valuable views. The valley is ideal for cycling and car trips. There is no shortage of marked hiking trails for hikers either.

11 sites in the Valley of Palaces and Gardens have been inscribed on the Historical Monument of the President of the Republic of Poland under the name 'Palaces and Landscape Parks of Kotlina Jeleniogórska', allowing them to apply for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
These are:
- Bukowiec - palace and park complex
- Jelenia Góra - "Paulinum" palace and park complex;
- Jelenia Góra - Schaffgotsch palace and park complex in Cieplice;
- Karpniki - the palace and park complex
- Karpniki - villa "Dębowy Dwór" with park;
- Kowary - the palace and park complex in Ciszyca;
- Łomnica - palace and park complex
- Mysłakowice - palace and park complex;
- Staniszów Górny nr 100 - palace-park complex
- Wojanów - palace and park complex
- Wojanów-Bobrów - palace and farm complex

Foundation of the Valley of Palaces and Gardens of the Jelenia Góra Valley

In 2005 the Jeleniogórska Valley Palaces and Gardens Foundation was established with the aim of protecting historic park, palace and manor complexes and other residential buildings in the Jeleniogórska Valley and promoting the area under the name 'Dolina Pałaców i Ogrodów' as a special cultural heritage. The foundation was set up by the owners of several palaces seeking funds to save the monuments and to promote the area. The foundation has also contributed to the creation of a cultural park and is currently working to have the area inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The key defining criteria for the inscription is the cultural landscape associated with the noble residences, surrounded by extensive romantic parks, which formed a unified whole in the 19th century.