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Swidnica is a district town, 53 kilometres southwest of Wroclaw in the south-west Poland, in the Lower Silesia Voivodship. Swidnica is a town with over 800 years of history whose community has been shaped by people from different nations – and as a result representing different cultures, religions and customs. It is being recognized as one of the most valuable towns in the Lower Silesia.

The list of relics in Swidnica includes over 1000 elements, with the Church of Peace entered in 2001 into the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List as the biggest European temple of a wooden frame construction. Huge amount and rank of cultural events (particularly musical) enabled Swidnica to bear a name of significant cultural – entertainment centre. Thanks to a tremendous activity of the local government Swidnica has a strong economy, based on the town’s ancient merchant traditions, the strength of native enterprises and new investments of companies from Europe, US and Japan. Swidnica is an investor – friendly town and its modern monitoring system makes it also a safe town for citizens and tourists. The town of Swidnica today is a strong administrative – economical centre of the sub-Sudeten region based on the industry, tourism and trading traditions. While sightseeing Swidnica it is worth to start from the Duke’s Route which leads through the most interesting corners of our beautiful town. The modern equipment – multimedia Info-Kiosks placed in 6 points in Swidnica, tourist information signs including model of the town, audio guides for individual sightseeing (available in Tourist Information Centre in the Market Square) as well as mini maps and folders describing the route (available for free in Tourist Information Centre) – will certainly facilitate the sightseeing. The walk through the Duke’s Route allows for individual sightseeing of the most interesting places and furthermore you can devote as much time as you want to. Swidnica has also a new private museum of arms and military equipment. It is worth to see the Museum of Old Trade features an interior of an 18th c. pharmacy, a turn-of-the-20th c. grocer's, a collection of scales, measures and leaden seals.

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