Wałbrzych is the second-largest city of Dolnośląskie in Poland. Although founded by Slavic settlers in 12th century, for most of its history it belonged to German-speaking lands, and was known as Waldenburg (in German) or Valdenburk. It became a part of Poland after 1945. From 19751998 it was the capital of Wałbrzych Voivodeship.

Książ Castle


Wałbrzych was an important regional centre throughout its history, specializing in clothmaking, and enjoyed the most growth after itself and the surrounding areas developed large-scale coal mining. Other industries followed, including most prominently pottery. Wałbrzych suffered relatively little destruction in the Second World War and, apart from the city itself, it can boast a number of historic building and attractions in its immediate surroundings, like the magnificent Książ castle or the spa town of Szczawno-Zdrój. By today, however, the region is quite economically depressed due to the fall of its traditional industries.

Get in

The closest airport is the Wrocław Airport, Wałbrzych is also a major railway junction and can be reached by road within an hour's drive from Wrocław.

Get around

Wałbrzych is an expansive city over many hills and has a well-developed,street and road network.



Wałbrzych Old Town

City hall
Station building - Wałbrzych Miasto





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