Kłodzko is one of the most beautiful towns of the Lower Silesia region with over 1,000 years of abundant history shared by Czechs, Germans and Poles. These three cultures have had the greatest influence on the development of the town, its economic and social life, as well as its shape and nature. Over the years, Kłodzko served a number of vital economic, social, and military functions within the region. It was a trade settlement, a town of craftsmen and merchants, and a military garrison. It was also a town of important events, a mecca for artists, and an influential religious centre. Today, Kłodzko is a popular culture and tourist centre in the Kłodzko Valley, and the capital of Kłodzko County.