Szklarska Poręba is one of the most attractive places in the Giant Mountains in terms of tourism. Many hiking trails start here, including in the area of Szrenica or the Łabski Summit. In winter, numerous ski lifts and cross-country ski runs are in operation, and the town also has many museums and interesting monuments to offer.
The advantage of the village is its location between the Karkonosze and the Jizera Mountains. This makes Szklarska Poreba an excellent starting point for hiking trips, and in winter, a ski resort for people who like madness on the slopes and for cross-country skiing. The best cross-country trails are prepared every year at Polana Jakuszycka, where skiing competitions of various rank are also held.
The Szrenica massif rises above Szklarska Poręba, at the top of which stands the historic Szrenica Shelter. The trails also lead to the Łabski Peak, to the scenic Śnieżne Kotły, the greatest landscape attraction of Szklarski Poręba is the Kamieńczyk Waterfall, one of the highest in the Karkonosze Mountains.
The surroundings of the city are known for the presence of rock monadnocks, to which there are hiking and cycling routes. Among them there are places such as Raven Rocks, Chybotek, Kukułcze Skały, Krzywe Baszty. Beautiful panoramas can be admired from the Złoty Widok vantage point.
Among the attractions of Szklarska Poreba are also interesting museums. It houses the Karkonosze Ecological Education Center, the House of Wlastimil Hofman "Wlastimilówka", the Jelenia Góra Energy Museum, the House of Carl and Gerhart Hauptmann surrounded by the Mountain Spirit Park and the Mineralogical Museum.
For several years Szklarska Poręba has been promoting itself with the slogan "City of the Mountain Spirit". Several attractions have been created here referring to this legend of the Giant Mountains, as well as to the origins of the settlement founded by the Walloons, prospectors of minerals and gold. They include the living open-air museum Osada Żelazny Tygiel Waloński and Leśna Huta, where you can learn the legends about the Mountain Spirit. There are also other places of family entertainment, such as the Esplanada Family Amusement Park and Dinopark.