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.
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.
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.
beautiful,romantic palace belonged to the owners of Książ Castle - von Hochberg
family. Now empty, but in good condition.
the most beautiful gothic castle belonged to the counts of Świdnica (open
Tuesday, Saturday from 9am-3pm, Sunday 9am-6pm)
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)
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)
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.
abandonned and ruined now, but it used to be one of the most beautiful baroque
and classicism-style palace in Silesia.
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:
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)
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)