Opolskie - not only the festival
The Voivodeship is located in the southern part of Poland, between the Śląskie and Dolnośląskie Voivodeships.
The annual Festival of Polish Song in Opole attracts the Polish music world. It supports not only popular performers, but provides a scene for debuts of budding talented artists.
The 42-meter high Piast tower and the Opole amphitheatre are known to almost everyone in Poland. However, when in the capital city of the Opolskie Voivodeship one should also visit the Renaissance town hall, built on the model of the Florentine Pallacco Veccio, the unique museum - Opole Open-Air Museum of Rural Architecture. It gathers nearly 50 buildings: dark-gold thatched cottages, wooden lofts on stilts (breeding homing pigeons is a typical Silesian hobby), windmills, huge granaries, mills. And in the old cottage, which before the World War II housed the famous in the area Polish tavern - Karczma u Malajki (the Malajka’s Inn), where you can fill the belly with classic, Silesian and Opole set: roulades with dumplings and red cabbage.
Opole region is also known for its beautiful castles, palaces and... health resorts. To experience classic massages, water massages and hydrotherapy treatment with priest Kneipp method, one can go to Moszczanki, Pokrzywna, Jarnołtówka and Kamień Śląski. The nature of the region is also impressive - water reservoirs in Turawa and Nyskie and Otmuchowskie lakes await for fans of swimming and water sports.
A favourite place of Opole residents is the St. Ann Mountain, a mysterious, isolated hill near Leśnica, covered with a beautiful forest. There is a sanctuary at its top, and inside there is the fifteenth century statue of St. Ann holding in her arms her daughter Mary and her grandson Jesus chiselled in linden wood.
The only, in Europe, amphitheatre carved in rock (by the German youth, with Hitler’s visit in mind) can be visited on the St. Ann Mountain. It is modelled on ancient buildings and it can accommodate up to 80,000 spectators.
Dinosaur lovers should not miss Krasiejów where one of the largest paleontological post was discovered. The remains of Silezaur were found there dating back to 230 million years!
Opole is still an undiscovered region which offers many attractions for its visitors.