The Region of Łużyce has got a long and interesting history. We can find various memorabilia, which make todays cultural climate special. The closeness of two water reservoirs: Leśniański and Złotnicki, makes it possible to rest at the shore or play some water sports. The nearby Izera Mountains, altogether with its fast developing infrastructure, offer people great conditions for cross-country of downhill skiing and other winter sports.
Izera Mountains (Góry Izerskie)
The Izera Mountains are part of the western Sudetes. The Polish part of these mountains consists of two mountain ranges: Wysoki Ridge that goes along the border with Czech Republic and the Kamieniecki Ridge.
Stóg Izerski (1107 m) and Smrek (1124m)
it is one of the highest peaks of the Izera Mountains, that lies above the city Świeradów-Zdrój in the neighbourhood of the Polish-Czech border. There are some great vantage points on the Polish side as well as on the Czech. The hostel built on the peak in 1924, was on Towarzystwo Karkonoski’s initiative, namely Josef Siebelt. He was a doctor, who came to the city when he was 21 and he was very sick. he got better, what was considered as a wonder. It was the reason for him to stay in Świeradów-Zdrój permanently. There is a ski-lift that goes directly to Stóg Izerski, and it is fully accessible for the tourists. You can also use the green trail to get to Stóg Izerski and Smrek from Pobiedna.
Sępia Góra (828m)
The peak ist located on the furthest part of Kamienicki Ridge, that is ended with the rubble of granite and gneiss rocks called White Stone (Biały kamień). This peak is considered to be the most popular aim of tourists hiking trips. There are beautiful views of the big terrain of Pogórze Izerskie
Hala Izerska (mountain pasture)
It is beautifully located mountain pasture on the height of 840-880 meters in the valley of Izera River. The climate there is really rough. The lowest temperatures reach to -3,5 °C on July. There are a lot of mountain pines, which are considered here as protected species. This terrain encompasses a part of the nature reserve “Torfowisko Doliny Izery” (peat pog). Tourists that encounter this place can have a rest in a friendly hostel, Chatka Górzystów – the only surviving building from the village Gross Izer, that was destroyed in 1945. You can get there using some trails from Świeradów-Zdrój.
Wysoka Kopa (1126 m)
It is the highest peak of the Izera Mountains, traversed by the read trail from Świeradów-Zdrój.
Zajęcznik (595 m n.p.m.)
It is not so high peak that divides Świeradów-Zdrój from Czerniawa-Zdrój. On the summit, there used to be an observation tower and nowadays there is a TV tower. From that place tourists can admire the city and the neighbouring terrain.
Stone Ridge (Kamieniecki Grzbiet) of the Izera Mountains
This ridge has its beginning from the east and is 18km long, from Sępia Góra (820m) do the Bobrowe Skały (610 m) and Zimowa Przełecz (525m). Since ages on the slopes of the Kamienicki ridge excavated tin ore, and from the 19th century cobalt ore as well. It is a common knowledge, that inside the mountain there are deposits of uranium. There are also deposits of granite in the slates of the Kamienicki Ridge.
The Hight Ridge (Wysoki Grzbiet) of Izera Mountains
The High Ridge (Wysoki Grzbiet) runs parallel to Kamienicki Ridge on the length of about 30 km. It starts with the peak Smrek (1124m) and ends with Zbójeckie Skały (686). The mountain Wysoka Kopa (1126) is built of granite, gneiss and slate stones. It is an excellent place to look around on the panorama of Izera Mountains.
The post-war name of this range is Biały Lwiniec – from German „Weisse Flins”. The name is connected with the legend about the Slavic pagan god. The unique geologic structure of this range makes this place very special. There meet masses of different stones like granite with gneiss, which are divided from each other with the pure masses of quartz.
Black Stream Valley (Dolina Czernego Potoku)
The valley is covered with the pine forest, that runs deeply into the slopes of Stóg Izerski and Smrek. On the right side of the stream, in the centre of Czerniawa-Zdrój there is a small cave.
Kwisa Valley (Dolina Kwisy)
The river Kwisa has its beginning on the height of 940 m, on the north-west slope of Izerskie Garby, and ends on the length of 107 km. It flows into the Bóbr River (Beaver) in the vicinity of Żagań. It is a picturesque place, suitable for long walks.
Izerska Hala (mountain pasture)
It is an extensive mountain pasture, that is located in the Jizera River Valley, at the run-off of Jastrzębnik, Wrześnik and Jagnięcy Potok at the height of 840-880m. It is a part of the peat bog reservoir “Torfowisko Izerskie” on the Kobyla Łąka. Izerska Hala was often mentioned in the Walońskie Books and was the region of an intense search of precious stones. In the second half of the 17th century the Czech religious refugees established here the village, which does not insist now. In 1747 these village had got 13 farms. There were also many shepards’ houses. In 1880 there were even 38 such houses. There was also a water mill. In the south-west part of Hala Izerska a small village „Mała Izera”, which was established in 1550 by the Czech evangelic miner Link. After the WWII it was called Zieleniec, that during this war served for Germans as labour camp for French and Serb people working in the woods. In 1993 Izera had got population of 134. Through the Izerska Hala goes the blue trail from Świeradów-Zdrój to Rozdroże pod Cichą Równią. In the former village Izera, before 1945, there were also several inns available for tourists to stay overnight. In the former inn, there is now a hostel called Chatka Górzystów. Tourists can cross-country ski thorough the pasture in winter.
Izerska Glade (Izerska Polana) 965m
In the glade there used to be a settlement and an inn for the tourists. Now there is only a shed and a shelter from the rain that belong to forestry management. On the glade cross a blue and a red trail.