The Lower Silesian voivodeship in southwestern Poland is low-lying yet includes part of the Sudetes range, where popular ski resorts and spa towns have sprung up. It is one of the country’s most prosperous regions Its capital is Wrocław, built on the Oder river and one of the country's most important cities.
Lower Silesia is one of Poland's most industrialized and fastest-developing regions, with excellent rail, road and air connections. It is one of the country’s educational centres, and has a large young population. Most of the population lives in the province’s major cities and towns. Some of these are well-known spa and holiday resort towns in the Sudeten foothills.
Wroclaw, the fourth biggest city in Poland, is also one of the greenest, with public parks taking up 17 percent of the entire city area. Because of its warm weather and green surroundings, Wroclaw is a favourite among artists. The postwar-era Academy of Fine Arts is a popular site for international cultural festivals such as the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans Music and Fine Arts, the Era New Horizons film festival, the Singing Actors Festival, One-Actor Theatre Performances and the Jazz on the Odra. The world’s biggest organ is in Wroclaw’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Ostrów Tumski.