Swidnica is a town near Wroclaw that was founded in the 13th century. Swidnica's present-day small size belies its past significance. Originally a fishing village, it eventually grew to be the region's capital and a trade center. Today it is most famous for its Peace Church, a World Heritage Site.
Sights in Swidnica:
Swidnica's Old Town and Market Square, as well as the Church of Saints Stanislav and Vaclav, hearken back to Swidnica's days of prominence. Swidnica is also home to a Museum of Trade. Swidnica's Peace Church from the 17th century is built of wood and clay, but no nails. This two-story structure was built as a result of granted permission for Protestants to build churches in the region. Another church of this kind can be found in nearby Jawor.
Getting to Swidnica:
The best way to get to Swidnica is by train or bus from Wroclaw.