Przesieka, Lower Silesian Voivodeship
Location of Przesieka, Lower Silesian Voivodeship
|Coordinates: 50°48′30″N 15°40′20″E / 50.80833°N 15.67222°ECoordinates: 50°48′30″N 15°40′20″E / 50.80833°N 15.67222°E|
Przesieka [pʂɛˈɕɛka] is a village in Lower Silesia, southwestern Poland. It belongs to Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in Jelenia Góra County, Gmina Podgórzyn. It is one of the most important centres of mountain hiking. It lies approximately 12 km (7 mi) south-west of Jelenia Góra, and 103 km (64 mi) west of the regional capital Wrocław.
Prior to 1945 the village was in Germany and known as Hain. After World War II the region was placed under Polish administration by the Potsdam Agreement under territorial changes demanded by the Soviet Union. Most Germans fled or were expelled and replaced with Poles expelled from the Polish areas annexed by the Soviet Union.
It is 15 minutes drive from the centre of Jelenia Góra (5 minutes drive from Cieplice Spa). There is a regular city bus going to Przesieka from Jelenia Góra central train station. Several hiking routes to Karkonosze Mountains begin in Przesieka. One of the most widely used is a route (2 h walk) to Karkonoska Mountain Pass (Polish "Przełęcz Karkonoska"). Other popular routes lead to Chojnik Castle (German Kynast) (1 hour walk), and Karpacz (1.5 h walk). An interesting place to visit in Przesieka is Podgórna Waterfall (547 m above sea level).