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Castles and Palaces

29 06 2022
30 06 2022

Lower Silesia, and in particular the areas in the lower part of the voivodeship, are very rich in castles, fortifications and palaces dating back to the Middle Ages. The surroundings of Świeradów-Zdrój are dotted with beautiful historical gems, which we encourage you to visit:

Hogwarts in Poland

Czocha Castle

Czocha Castle was built in the middle of the 13th century on the initiative of the Czech King Wenceslas II as a Czech defensive stronghold. Over the centuries, the castle was rebuilt into a residence by noble knightly families who lived here. It finally lost its military importance after the Thirty Years' War. In 1793, a fire turned the castle into ruin, putting an end to its splendor. The last pre-war owner, Ernest Gűtschow, commissioned the reconstruction of the building to an outstanding architect, Bodo Erhardt, at the beginning of the 20th century. Thanks to this reconstruction, the castle has become one of the most beautiful monuments of Lower Silesia.
From time to time, new secret passages are discovered in the castle, hiding secrets of old times. Some of them are open to visitors.

The "Fortress of Ciphers" series was filmed in the castle, it is also considered to be the European Harry Potter fan house - every year it hosts the annual meetings of J.K. Rowling's supporters.
The castle rises above the mouth of the Kwisa River to Lake Leśniańskie. There are also 2 dams nearby: Leśniańska and Złotnicka.



Czocha Castle
The guardian of the Karkonosze Mountains

Chojnik Castle

The castle is located on the top of Mount Chojnik in the Karkonosze Mountains, at an altitude of 627 m.a.s.l. From its south-east. side there is a 150-meter cliff descending to the so-called Hell's Valley. The stronghold is located in a nature reserve, which is part of the Karkonosze National Park. The castle was built during the reign of prince Bolek II, probably around 1355. in the place of the old mansion. In August 1675. the castle burned down from a lightning strike.



Chojnik Castle
Chojnik Castle
In 1822, a shelter eagerly visited by tourists was established here, and it is still functioning today.  
30 restored palace buildings.

Valley of Palaces

The Valley of Palaces and Gardens consists of 30 restored buildings scattered at the foot of the Karkonosze Mountains. In the area of 102 km2 there are gothic castles and defense towers, Renaissance manors, baroque palaces and 19th-century mansions open to the public.

Phenomenal facilities also allow access to beautiful parks and gardens, dotted with rich old trees and unusual garden architecture.

The valley includes objects such as the Palace on the Water in Staniszków, the Paulinum Palace or the Wojanów Palace (visible in the attached photo).

Valley of Palaces
Frydland Castle
Czech treasure

Frydland Castle



Built in 1278. by the builder knight Ronovic, on the top of a mountain above the Smědou River, this Gothic castle is situated in the northern part of Bohemia, right on the border with Poland. The castle is one of the largest in the Czech Republic, and thanks to its reconstruction in the Renaissance period, it is also a great combination of a medieval castle with a renaissance chateau. In 1800, the castle was opened to the public as the first in Central Europe. Currently, it can be visited all year round, and tours are conducted with a guide.






Ruins of castles and strongholds

Touched by the claw of time

Unfortunately, not all monuments in our neighborhood have stood the test of time. In addition to beautifully restored buildings, there are also many ruins of castles, fortifications and strongholds around us, which, despite their poor technical condition, are open to the public.
Most of the facilities are privately owned by enthusiasts of this type of buildings, who on their own try to restore them or at least prevent further devastation. Therefore, sometimes at the entrance to the ruins you may encounter small boxes that act as a "ticket machine" asking for support in taking care of the facility.
In the area, you can find ruins of such objects as:
• GRYF Castle in Piastowski in Proszówka
• The Ducal Castle in Świecie
• Knight's Castle in Stara Kamienica
• Rajsko Castle in Zapust (in the photo)
Touched by the claw of time
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