Szklarska Poręba


Szklarska Poręba German: Schreiberhau is a town in Jelenia Góra County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in south-western Poland The town has a population of around 7,000 It is a popular ski resort

An important regional and national centre for mountain hiking, cycling and skiing, Szklarska Poręba is situated in the Sudetes, in the valley of the Kamienna, between the Karkonosze Mountains in the south and Jizera Mountains in the west, at 440–886 m above sea level, 16 miles 26 kilometres south-west of Jelenia Góra The ski resorts in this area are growing in popularity as a budget alternative to the Alps, thanks to wide range of both Alpine and Nordic skiing facilities

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Transport
  • 3 International relations
    • 31 Twin towns — Sister cities
  • 4 Footnotes
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

History

The village was established in the Lower Silesian Duchy of Jawor by German colonists on a spot bought by Knights Hospitallers descending from Calidus Fons Bad Warmbrunn, now Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój in Jelenia Góra, who were interested in finding gold and precious gems in the area It was first mentioned in 1366 and 1372 in conjunction with a glass factory, forerunner of the famed later Josephinenhütte, as Schribirshau and Schreibershow

In 1578 several Bohemian Protestants moved to the village and greatly contributed to its development Among the refugees was Marie Pluch, which gave the district Mariental its name Over time the glass factory moved deeper into the mountains In 1617 the Preußler family migrated from the southern Bohemian side of the Karkonosze ridge to Silesia and received a concession to run a movable glass factory from the counts of Schaffgotsch, landlords of Schreiberhau The glass industry of the village was dominated by the Preußler family for the next 200 years In 1842 Franz Pohl, son-in-law of the last Preußler, persuaded Count Schaffgotsch to establish a new glass factory in Schreiberhau This Josephinenhütte became the largest and best glass factory in Silesia, while Schreiberhau greatly expanded to become the largest village in Prussia, with 15 districts covering 43 square kilometres 17 sq mi

Schreiberhau, c 1940

Around 1900 several artists discovered the beauty of the countryside and formed the Schreiberhau artists' colony, among them Gerhart Hauptmann and his brother Carl, Otto Mueller and Wilhelm Bölsche Later, younger artists formed the St Lukas artists' association In 1925 the first winter games of the International Workers Olympiad organised by the Lucerne Sport International were held in the town Twelve national delegations participated

After World War II Schreiberhau became part of Poland see Territorial changes of Poland after World War II and was renamed Szklarska Poręba literally "glass clearing" The German inhabitants were forcibly expelled and the village resettled with Poles The Josephinenhütte was moved to Schwäbisch Gmünd The glass factory in Szklarska Poręba was renamed and continued to operate On 22–27 September 1947 the conference on the establishment of the communist information office Kominform took place in the village The village gained the status of a town in 1959

Transport

The town used to be connected via the Zackenbahn railway to Tanvald in Bohemia The cross-border passenger line was closed in 1945 when the town was given to Poland and remained closed until 2010 In 2010 the cross-border railway connection was reconstructed and is now operated by passenger trains from Kořenov The railway connection to Jelenia Góra plays a minor role, since the scale of the mining industry in the town's vicinity has decreased

A section of national road no 3, also part of European route E65, passes through the town

International relations

"Jaskółka" Villa See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Poland

Twin towns — Sister cities

Szklarska Poręba is twinned with:

  • Augustów, Poland
  • Aulum-Haderup, Herning, Denmark
  • Bad Harzburg, Germany
  • Harrachov, Czech Republic
  • Kořenov, Czech Republic

Footnotes

  1. ^ Historiai Miasta official website of Szklarska Poręba
  2. ^ Historiai Miasta official website of the Szklarska Poręba
  3. ^ Schüttig, p88
  4. ^ Wheeler, Robert F Organized Sport and Organized Labour: The Workers' Sports Movement, in Journal of Contemporary History, Vol 13, No 2, Special Issue: Workers' Culture Apr, 1978, pp 191-210

References

  • Weczerka, Hugo 2003 Handbuch der historischen Stätten: Schlesien Stuttgart: Alfred Kröner Verlag ISBN 3-520-31602-1 
  • Schüttig, Frank 2005 Das Riesengebirge entdecken Potsdam: Trescher Verlag p 263 ISBN 3-89794-073-6 

External links

Media related to Szklarska Poręba at Wikimedia Commons

  • Skiing in Szklarska Poręba
  • Municipal website
  • wwwszklarska-porebapl Szklarska Poręba - gallery, news, map

Coordinates: 50°50′N 15°32′E / 50833°N 15533°E / 50833; 15533



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