Cieplice, although now part of the same municipality, feels very different from Jelenia Góra itself. The town has its own square / main street, Plac Piastowski, dominated by the massive Schaffgotsch Palace of the 1780s, former home of the German family of the same name who owned a great deal of land in the region. Much of this rather small, older part of the town, with a Baroque church at either end of this 'square', has an 18th century feel to it, as you might expect from a spa town like this. Off the square is the extensive Spa Park (Park zdrojowy) which has a theatre (1836) and cultural centre (c1800). Obviously Cieplice does not have the wealth of historical architecture that Jelenia Góra has, but a few hours here provide an interesting contrast to its near neighbour.
I don't visit and I even don't try to visit everything during my travels. I choose things I want to see. There are a lot of ohter places worth visiting in Jelenia Góra. If you are interested visit the the tourist information office page .
Entering the gate is like crossing to another world. The building façades are renovated and the street leading to the Market Square seems to bee cleaner than before the gate.
Read what the toourist information office sais about
the tower and gate.
The Market Square is the nicest place in the center of Jelenia Góra. I enjoyed being there. Take a glas of beer and have a look at Baroque Burgher houses wiht arcades lining the whole square.
The main building with a tower is a town hall. Your astute eye will certainly notice a fountain. It's a Neputn fountain located in place of the former city well. The fountain commemorates past relations of the marchants with overseas countries.
I really enjoyed sitting there and watching people taking pictures. It must have been funny to everyone else sitting in a beer garden and watching me during my "hard work" as a photographer.
St. Erasmus and Pancras' Church is the oldest church in the town and is dedicated to two martyrs. The first church was built of wood und burntdown in 1303. It was rebuilt in stone. But the present shape of the church dates back to the 15th century. It took several decades to built this vast Gothic church made of sandstone blocks. The impressive belfry was reconstructed in 1552 after a fire and is 51 m tall. The furnishings of the church are Gothic to Baroque, f.e. renaissance pulpit baroque altar.
Don't miss the epithaphs on the outer wall.
Jelenia Gora is a small city and the streets are cosy. Walking around in the Market square and the centre is comforting.