Góry Sowie – pasmo górskie w Polsce w Sudetach Środkowych w południowo-zachodniej części Polski na terenie województwa dolnośląskiego. W Górach Sowich oprócz grzbietu głównego wyróżnia się pasmo Garbu Dzikowca i Wzgórz Wyrębińskich, które znajdują się na południe od głównego grzbietu.
Wysokość n.p.m.: 1 015 m
Najwyżej położony punkt: Wielka Sowa
Pasmo górskie: Sudety Środkowe
Przełęcze: Przełęcz Srebrna
Being in the Owl Mountains be sure to visit the lookout tower on The Great Own (Wielka Sowa), the highest peak of the range rising to a height of 1015 m. The twenty-five-meter tall tower is a symbol of these mountains. Built in 1906, it was constructed as a result of a then prevailing cult of the first Chancellor of the German Reich Otto von Bismarck. As many as 240 towers were built around the world on the same initiative. From it we can admire the vast views of almost all the Sudetes from the Giant Mountains to the Snieznik Massif and, on clear days, we will also see Wroclaw. Other worth seeing vantage points include the tower of the Assumption of Mary church in Bielawa, the tower on the summit of Kalenica and the Silver Mountain (Srebrna Gora) Fortress, which is also an extremely original monument of military architecture.
The Owl Mountains attract many tourists also thanks to medieval castles and picturesque ruins. You must see the magnificent, Grodno Castle, near Zagorze Slaskie. In Zagorze, it is worth seeing the spectacular dam on The Bystrzyca River and the Lubachow Lake created as a result of it. The castle in Owiesnie and the ruins of Rogowiec Castle are also very impressive.
It is impossible not to mention Osowka Underground City – made available for visiting the largest part of the complex of underground corridors and halls located in the Owl Mountains. Osowka is a part of the ‘Riese’ project carried out by the German Nazis from 1943 to 1945. It is probable that Nazi weapons factories were to be established in the network of underground corridors. According to other sources, some of them were to be Hitler’s headquarters and the headquarters of the German armed forces. In Osowka, you can see 1,700 m of underground tunnels and two large ground structures.
Similarly imposing are Walim Adits which also were a part of the ‘Riese’ project. The ‘Little River’ (‘Rzeczka’) complex consists of 500 m of corridors with impressive halls hiding the deepest obscurities of World War II: prisoners from the Gross Rosen camp were used to build them and most of them died of inhuman working conditions, diseases and hunger. ~ dolnyslask.travel