TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN THE ENVIRONS OF ŚWIDNICA

CASTLES AND PALACES

There are many palaces and castles. The last ones were built earlier as the defense system of the Świdnica - Jawor county, palaces were built a bit later, based on feudal agriculture system. Many of them are in good condition but a lot of them are just in ruins, waiting for the new owners to be renovated. All of them are in beautiful location in Low Silesia. The most beautiful and interesting places worth visiting are the following.



BAGIENIEC - first mentioned in 1307, was known as Tychenow. From the 17th century the village belonged to the Saxons, since 1997 the Palace has been in the hands of private companies and it has been renovated. It's surrounded by a beautiful park and lake, which once functioned as moat. In the palace hosted among others J.W. Goethe.

BRONÓW - the ruins of the palace

BYSTRZYCA DOLNA - was known as Niedar Weistritz, there is a beautiful palace and park, with its origines from the 16th century. From the north-east preserved old stone wall, on the west - a beautiful park with a pond and about 200 year-old oaks. The palace functions as a residental building.

DOBROMIERZ - the palace was built around 1727 for Ferdinand von Nimptsch. In the 19th century it was rebuilt in the classical style; there is a ballroom and a chapel.

GRANICA - the old, romantic palace with a beautiful park with a small pond. Now the building is private.

GRUSZÓW - the palace in the neo-reneissance style.

GOGOŁÓW - the ruins of the court, built in 1538 to follow the style of a castle of a local princess, rebuilt in 1894.

KRASKÓW - the palace which dates back to the 14th century when it was a defensive knight castle. It's owners from the past were: the bishop of Wrocław, the Seidlitz family, von Tschirn, Hochberg, and Zeidlitz family. It was renovated and established as a luxury hotel by a new owner - an Austrian Thomas Gampert. It's one of the most beautiful, baroque places in Lower Silesia. The park around the palace was designed by Peter Joseph Lenne - Director of the royal gardens, and used in the construction of natural ponds and streams of water. Inside there are guests rooms with valuable paintings and a library full of old books.





Krzyżowa



 The palace belonged to von Moltke family. Marshall Helmuth count von Moltke decorated his palace in the army spirit embellishing it with spoils of the Prussian-French war. He died in 1891 and was buried in Krzyżowa. His great-grandson Helmut James count von Moltke, born in 1907, passed to history for the totally opposite reasons. He set up an oppositional to Hitler and nazism group "Krzyżowa Ring" , was imprisoned and accused of treason, sentenced to death and executed in January 1945. Now the major part of the estate is managed by the "Krzyżowa for the European understanding" fundation. The fundation organises international camps and seminars which bring together young people from many countries all other the world. 
Makowice
the neo-renaissance palace with a pond.

Morawa



in the village there is a precious palace built in the neo-renaissance and neo-classicism style. There is also a beautiful park and a small lake. Now there is a kindergarten managed by the foundation of St. Hedwig.

MROWINY - big, neo-classicism style mansion belonged to a Żarów citizen von Kulniz. Now empty.

PANKÓW - the ruins of the old palace with a pond.

PIOTROWICE - there is a beautiful renaissance mansion built in the 16th century, rebuilt in 1894, and in such form survived to this day. Manor is a stone with brick and stone, has 2 floors and it was on a square. There are high turrets at all corners. Now it's private waiting for its renovation.

PYSZCZYN - big, in classicism style palace belonged to the count von Matuschka Toppolczan.

ROZTOKA



beautiful,romantic palace belonged to the owners of Książ Castle - von Hochberg family. Now empty, but in good condition.

SZYMONÓW - classicism style palace with a ballroom

WIERZBNA - in the village there are ruins of an old baroque palace built in the 2nd half of the 18th century - now being renovated. There is a park around with the collection of penitance crosses and a pond. The medieval church belonged to the Cysterian Abbey.

WIŚNIOWA - the palace dated from 1872-1884 built in the style of French neo-renaissance. In the corner there is a circular turret covered with dome-shaped cone. Now the palace is being renovated.

The most beautiful castles:

Bolków



the most beautiful gothic castle belonged to the counts of Świdnica (open Tuesday, Saturday from 9am-3pm, Sunday 9am-6pm)
 
ŚWINY



the older "brother" of the Bolków castle. History connects it with Mieszko I and the first king Bolesław Chrobry. Then it belonged to the Świnków family (open from May to October from noon to 6pm)

CISY
the ruins of the 13th century castle, which was built on a steep forest hill as a part of a defense system.

ZAGÓRZE



Grodno Castle situated near Zagórze, built by the counts of Świdnica, later on became a renaissance style mansion. Now partly in ruins, but still worth visiting (open everyday except Monday, from 10am to 4pm)

KSIĄŻ



the biggest castle in Silesia, built in the 13th century by the Silesian-Piast dynasty, later on in the Hochberg family hands. Situated in a beautiful park in the Pełcznica ravine (open from Tuesday to Friday from 10am - 3pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 4pm). There are also romantic ruins built on the rocks.

PIESZYCE



abandonned and ruined now, but it used to be one of the most beautiful baroque and classicism-style palace in Silesia.

Sobótka Górka



a romantic castle on the route to Ślęża Mount. From the middle ages belonged to the Augustian's convent, in the 19th century it came to the von Kulniz family belongings. Now there is a restaurant and hotel.




THE TECHNICAL ATTRACTIONS AND UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTIONS

In the Świdnicko-Jaworskie county there are many mining and underground attractions inviting tourists. Among others there are some worth mentioning:


Jaworzyna Śląska
Skansen Lokomotyw



Open Air Museum of the Steam Traction Vehicles in Jaworzyna Śląska (Towarowa Street, tel 74 85 88195 Open from 7am-6pm)


Bystrzyca Górna - silver mains from the 16th century and old trails to Jedlina Zdrój

Lubachów - in 1914-17 Bystrzyca was divided by 44m high dam long for 230m. Below there is originally equipped water power station.

Walim - mains built from 1943-45 in the military project "Riese" (3 Maja Street, open from Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9am-7pm)


Głuszyca



the remains of the "Riese" project, from the upper part of the town in the direction of village Kolce (open from April to September from 10am-6pm, in winter to 4pm)

The other attractions are: mains in Wałbrzych, Nowa Ruda, Golden Mains in Złoty Stok, fortifications and a stronghold in Srebrna Góra and in Kłodzko, adits in Sowie Mountains near Ślęża Mount and medieval cellars in Świdnica.