Zamek Książ w Wałbrzychu

Zamek Książ w Wałbrzychu

Zamek Książ w Wałbrzychu
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Ksiaz, a blend of many architectural styles, is the third-largest castle in Poland. In Europe, it is considered distinctive because its setting – proudly perched on a rock face, 395 metres above sea level – is as striking as its size. At first a defensive fortification, raised at the end of the thirteenth century by the Piast duke Bolka I (“the Strict”), it has changed hands many times. Only in 1590 was the castle given to the aristocratic Hochberg dynasty which, after receiving title to the castle in 1605, maintained the property as their residence for the following three centuries. During that time, they became one of the most influential and wealthiest Prussian dynasties; in the 19th century, the head of the family received the hereditary title of Prince. With the marriage of Hans Heinrich VI to Anna Anhalt-Pless, the dynasty came to own the estate of the Duchy of Pless, in Upper Silesia. From that time on, the owners of Ksiaz held the title Hochberg von Pless. Before World War II, Ksiaz underwent two significant reconstructions. The first, called the Baroque Reconstruction, took place at the beginning of the 18th century, when Konrad Ernest Maximilan ruled. This included the creation of the huge east face and the main entrance, the splendid Maximilian Hall and several Baroque rooms, and also the gate building, where the library could be found. The Second Castle reconstruction took place between 1909 and 1923. The intention of the owner at the time, Hans Heinrich XV, was to transform Ksiaz into a true baronial mansion. The castle was enlarged at the time by the north and west wings, to which two tours were built. Unfavourable political circumstances (the First World War and economic crisis), and the Hochbergs’ personal problems, prevented the reconstruction from being finished; difficulties in Germany led to financial collapse. During the Second World War, when the paramilitary Todt Organization turned the Castle into solidiers’ quarters, part of the former Hochberg residence was drastically destroyed, and its furnishings were removed. At two levels under the Castle (15 and 50 metres), prisoners from the Gross-Rosen Concentration Camp dug huge tunnels, part of the Riese (Giant) complex that was built in the Sowa Mountains. To this day, the purpose of the tunnels is shrouded in mystery. It has been assumed that a munitions factory or chemical laboratory was to be founded there, and that Ksiaz itself was to become one of the Fuhrer’s quarters. The underground works were partly hidden by Hitler’s soldiers in the war’s final months. On 8 May 1945, the Castle was taken over by the Red Army, which set about causing further destruction, including the removal of part of the library collection. In the years after the war, the Castle experienced still more devastation. Only in the 1950s did Ksiaz receive protection from the regional conservator of Historic Monuments, and during the 1970s the first renovation work began. Since 1991, the Castle has been managed, on behalf of Wałbrzych’s local government, by Ksiaz Castle in Wałbrzych Ltd. The duality of Ksiaz Castle: an essential tourist asset: Ksiaz Castle has often been identified with the Ksiaz Landscape Park, the forest expanse from which it appears, like a ship sailing on an endless green sea. To this day, the former residence of the Hochbergs bears the hallmarks of the times when aristocrats ruled: the castle gates are protected by royal lions, the wide Honorary Courtyard is surrounded by the figures of mythological gods, and the castle exterior suggests that an enchanted dwelling lies within. The Maximilian Hall, resplendent with gold, is used for official purposes: honorary galas, official openings, and prestigious award ceremonies. A short distance from the Castle, there is a further suggestion of the days of nobility at the Ksiaz Stud Farm, where the most illustrious specimens of horses (those bought by Arab sheiks), may be found. Ksiaz Castle, however, has yet another face – dark and impenetrable. It is viewed as one of Lower Silesia’s great mysteries. The ultimate purpose of the Nazi reconstruction work has never been identified, although it is known that Adolf Hitler himself wanted to turn it into his headquarters. The tunnel network, dug by prisoners, has been the subject of stories, legends and conspiracy theories – clouding the picture even further. Without a doubt, one of the firmest beliefs that have taken hold is that the stolen treasure of the region’s people is buried under the courtyard.
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Christine D
19 contributions
Oct 2023
We toured Ksiaz Castle (Zamek Ksiaz), the underground tunnels of Project Riese, and the Palm House (Palmiarnia) in mid-October, a very enjoyable day, and well worth the trip. We did experience two suboptimal staff experiences. At the ticket window, the staff person didn’t understand that we wanted two tickets, necessitating two separate transactions. After finishing the tunnel tour, when we went to pick up the audio guide to enter and tour the castle, the staff person was rude, initially unintelligibly rejecting our tickets, which we had to point out were valid for the castle. As for getting to the castle from Wroclaw, we took public transportation. Because our arrival time would not be precise, and underground tours are entry timed, we chose to purchase our tickets upon arrival. We did the underground tunnel tour first, as it began within a few minutes. While the Polish speaking tour guide led the group, audio guides were provided in many languages. We then did the independent castle tour using an English audio guide. From there, we had a nice walk down to the Palm House, which was included with the admission ticket. As an example of how to get to Ksiaz by public transportation, I will summarize our route, with other suggestions. We took the train from Wroclaw Glowny to Walbrzych Miasto, which is the first of two possible train stops in Walbrzych. After a reasonably short wait across the street, we were able to get on bus 8, making sure the final stop was Jezdziecka- Zamek Ksiaz. I suggest checking the bus schedule in real time, to estimate the wait time, for possible alternative consideration. At the castle, there is a choice of two stops. We got off at the first one (Piastow Slaskich) by the stables, which is a slightly longer walk on a smooth surface with a gentle rise. An easier, fast alternative would be to take a taxi from the Walbrzych Miasto train station to the castle. There were waiting taxis there, even mid-morning on a Tuesday in mid-October. Our return trip was much easier, since we went to the Palm House last. From nearby, buses 8 and 12 go to the Walbrzych Miasto train station. An alternate return option from the Palm House would be to take bus 9 or 12 to the other Walbrzych Szczawienko train station. The castle website has a map showing the local transportation and walking options.

Written 28 November 2023
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Mirelle
9 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Nice castle to visit. There are plenty of routes: just terraces, underground or inside the castle. It takes time of course , but it is must have to visit
Written 10 August 2023
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Ninochip80
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany44 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
Nice place to be visited in the nearby. Underground visit was ok but not exceptional, a bit too short and not to many things to see. One star less for one-day tickets which not even includes the toilet (4 zl per person) and parking (30 zl)
Written 14 January 2023
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Filip
Poznan, Poland10 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Such a good place to visit in winter. Not many people in the area = no rush or lines to stand in and wait for something. I really liked the tour in the tunnels under the castle.
Written 24 December 2022
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M C
Chicago, IL37 contributions
Sept 2022
We were visiting castles in Lower Silesia with my husband and Książ was one of the castles we had a chance to see. I have to say that I am very happy that we saw it, not only from the outside, but also inside, as well as the tunnels under it. The history of this place with fascinating secrets from the World War II makes this place a must see for anyone who is interesting in history. Ksiaz has also beautiful surroundings and will take your breath away if you will take time to marvel its architecture and park. Highly recommend at least 2 to 3 hours visit.
Written 29 October 2022
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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland9,999 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
During working days in autumn castle is open till 16:00. I was here a little too late and decided to visit it another time. Especially terraces were closed and night visitting which was must for me. Nothing lost. Castle is the most beautiful from outside and I have made long tour around.
Written 19 October 2022
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,618 contributions
Jun 2022
Ksiaz is a beautiful castle with an interesting history and underground tunnel tour. It's a little over an hour by train from Wroclaw, and then you can take a bus or taxi from the train station. If you get out at the stop prior to Walbrych Miasto, you can walk for about an hour through the forest to the castle. If you take a taxi, be aware that the castle does not have a taxi stand, so you will need to call for one to come and get you when you are ready to leave. The audioguide tour of the castle itself is about 90 minutes, so it's a long one! We had an English audioguide that was included in admission. The underground tunnel tour was only about 35 minutes, and we had to listen to it in Polish, because the sign for other languages wasn't until you get into the tour area, and it directs you to go all the way back to the security area to get the English version. Not a great way to organize other languages for sure. We decided to go ahead with Polish since it was a short tour, and luckily, there were videos throughout which had animation and made the story really easy to figure out! There are several little cafes around the castle, as well as a hotel. Everything is in Polish, but this really isn't a problem, because you can point or use Google translate. There is a pay toilet by the castle gate, and there are several free bathrooms inside on the interior tour. There are so many areas to see, and this castle is very worth a visit.
Written 3 July 2022
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Jana C
Prague, Czech Republic4,663 contributions
Dec 2021
We only visited the outside as didn't have time to spent time going inside. This decision was the right one after reading the reviews about the non English audio or unwillingness to speak other language than Polish. That's quite ignorant considering it's a famous castle. The parking fee was also steep 20 zloty for one car, we had two. Apart from this the castle looks great, we walked further and saw a great spot to see and take photos.
Written 2 January 2022
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Petr Nešvara
3 contributions
Jul 2021
An armored train with Nazi looted gold is to be kept in the basement of Ksiaz Castle. We found out on the Internet that the chateau made part of the underground accessible. We arrived there in the afternoon - a beautiful castle outside in the middle of an amazing park. We wanted to buy tickets, but there was a problem. There was an inscription on the information screen (also in English) that tickets for the underground were sold out that day. The next day we had a program, so I wanted tickets for the day after tomorrow. And that was the problem. I speak perfect Czech, Slovak, English and Russian, but the lady at the counter spoke nothing but Polish. Plus, she was an obvious idiot. I also wrote her the date on a piece of paper and she repeated with a calf look "I don't understand". Behind us a huge line of people, in the end someone took pity on them and translated "day after tomorrow" into Polish.
Otherwise, everything else is beautiful, comparable to the castles of the Loire. Only if they had information there or the ticket seller could know at least a few words in a foreign language. Or at least he wasn't completely stupid.
Written 5 September 2021
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Evelina M
Vilnius, Lithuania21 contributions
Aug 2021
Castle is worth visiting. While you are visiting this castle, you get audio guide, which tells you amazing and interesting history and stories about this castle and its corners. It is not another boring museum. The time flies in there. I guess it is worth visiting every time of the year, because the castle is surrounded by forest.
Written 23 August 2021
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