The Opole Region has been incorporated into the project of the European Natural Systems Project, the aim of which is to protect the natural heritage. Nine areas in the Opolskie Voivodeship will be protected within the frames of the NATURA 2000, such as the Opawskie Mountains, part of the Stobrawski Landscape Park and the Valley of Mała Panwia.
The tourist and scenic attractions of the Opole Region are becoming more and more consciously used by the local community in the development plans of the family-run agritourist and ecotourist farms, located in the landscape parks, protected landscape areas and areas attractive for tourists. The Opole Region features190 historic parks and gardens with rarities of flora, three landscape parks and as many as 34 nature reserves. The Opolskie Voivodeship is provided with the biggest number of oldest trees in Poland.
Landscape Parks: "Opawskie Mountains" (reserves: Cicha Dolina, Las Bukowy, Nad Białka), St. Ann Mountain (with geological and ecological reserves), Stobrawski Landscape Park (with the following reserves: Lubsza, Leśna Woda, Rogalice, Śmiechowice) and a fragment of the Załęczański Landscape Park. Areas of Protected Landscape: Mokre-Lewice, Wronin-Maciowakrze, Głubczycki Forest, Otmuchowsko-Nyski Forest, Zdzieszowicki Riparian Forest, Niemodlińskie Forest and Stobrawsko-Turawskie Forest. "Ścieżki przyrodniczo-krajobrazowe Stobrawskiego Parku Krajobrazowego" Guide has the most interesting description of these areas. There are 14 natural paths in the park. Educational classes are conducted and visits at the regional chambers organised.
The agritourism of Opole means fresh air, healthy food and hospitable farms with horses. "Lewada" in Zakrzowo is the most popular horse-riding club in Poland near Kędzierzyn-Koźle. Every year, silver screen and stage celebrities visit the place in August to compete in the Polish Horse-Riding Championships of Artists. The palace is the seat of the national Olympic preparation centre for dressage competition. Większyce near Kędzierzyn-Koźle - the "western" enthusiasts from the entire Poland are attracted to the place by the country style events. The centre, as the only place in Poland, co-organises the international post riders "Pony Express". The champion "Korys" in Pogorzel (Stobrawskie Forest) is the first in the Opole Region as well as the first private horse-riding centre in Poland. The centre, apart from horse-riding, offers angling in clean ponds. Nearby, a landlord has established an energy willow plantation. Sport Horse Stable in Skorogoszcza is a modern complex of facilities, a horse arena and a boarding stable. The centre runs a horse-riding school. The host organizes rafting on the River Nysa Kłodzka with a barbecue in an agritourist farm. There is a seat of the renowned centre of thoroughbred race horses and Polish half bred sport horses in Moszna, next to the palace - Neurosis Therapy Centre. Stud farm and accommodation facilities in an agritourist farm are situated in Borki Wielkie near Olesno. Hunting in the Opole Region is organised and conducted by three hunting districts: Kup, Kluczbork, Brzeg and two game breeding centres: Moszna, Lisięcice. Permits are obtained at "Łowex" company in Opole. The surroundings of Kluczbork, the land of honey associated with the great personality of the worldwide bee-keeping, the priest Jan Dzierżon, is an attractive area of the ecotourism of Opole. "Gościnne Zagrody" and "Skowronki" ecotourist farms are connected via a network of marked bicycle paths.
Home-made cuisine, angling, britzka rides and horse-riding are included in the offer of the palace in Golkowice. The palace in Biskupice near Byczyna invites for walking and cycling trips, recreation and angling on the lake. The nearby commune of Rudniki, situated in the bend of the River Warta, became famous because of the unusual initiative of the village Bobrowa. The village organises Annual International Competitions of Lamberjacks which attracts hundreds of tourists from the country and abroad. The village Młyny with a reservoir created on the Jaworzyna River, is also recommended to tourists. The offer includes: angling, water sports, tennis courts, billiard and gyms. The area features preserved charming historic brickworks in Faustianka and Słowikowo. With a bit of luck, one can find fossilised ammonites here.
The world-renowned apiarist who discovered the phenomenon of parthenogenesis in bees and designed the first successful movable-frame bee-hive was born nearby Kluczbork in the village Łowkowice, the priest Johannes Dzierżon. The year 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of his death. His house and a breeding apiary of his name is located in Maciejowo, while Kluczbork
has J. Dzierzon Museum of Bee-keeping. His grave is located in ?Łowkowice. The builder of the first steam engine in Germany (1816), Johann Friedrich Krigar, was born in Kluczbork (1774). While Robert Garbe, born in Opole (1847), is recognised as a pioneer in the construction of steam engines which used to run on tracks across the entire Europe. The steam engine, constructed by him in Berlin, won the gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris (1900). One of the greatest German historians, Professor Horst Fuhrmann, recognised as the best experts in the Middle Ages, also comes from Kluczbork.The professor is the President of Monumenta Germaniae Historica in Munich. The famous German writer Gustav Freytag was also born in this city(1816) the same as his relative, the outstanding German writer and poet Heinz Piontek (1925).
a wanderer would be surprised by a pyramid nearby Rożnowo - a tomb of the General von Eben, 40 Silesian aristocrats, including the descendants of Hohenzollerns. The building was built by the student of Carl Langhans, the creator of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.