BEST OF LOWER SILESIA – KSIAZ AND SWIDNICA
– Ksiaz Castle and the Church of Peace in one day
See the most beautiful castle in Poland and the biggest wooden church in the country in one day! While Ksiaz Castle will make you feel like in a fairy tale, the Church of Peace will amaze you with its unique architecture, acclaimed by the UNESCO Committee. Fall in love with scenic landscapes of Lower Silesia during our sightseeing tour from Wroclaw today!
ABOUT KSIAZ CASTLE AND SWIDNICA TOUR
Duration: 5 hours
Transportation: Modern, private vehicle
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Our tour to one of the largest castles in Poland, so called “Pearl of Silesia” is among those most popular not without a reason. It’s a journey to absolutely unique and mesmerizing place that you simply cannot miss during your visit in Lower Silesia.
Surrounded by incredibly beautiful area, Ksiaz Castle tour is very attractive among tourists from around the world. Being aware of such high demand, we want to provide best quality trips from Wroclaw and satisfy all need of our precious customers.
If you book Ksiaz Castle tour with us you won’t regret. Our English-speaking driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel in Wroclaw and give you a comfortable ride to the castle. Upon your arrival you’ll familiarize with amazing story of this monumental building and admire picturesque settings around. After the tour you’ll go back to your hotel in Wroclaw or to any given destination. The tour lasts for 5 hours so you should be back before the evening.
If you have any additional needs during the tour do not hesitate to speak to our driver- he will certainly help you.
Ksiaz Castle is located in Walbrzych, in the heart of the beautiful Ksiaz Landscape Park. Visitors can admire its surroundings by going to the Northern Terrace of the castle or simply having a walk around this monumental building. Its architecture as a combination of 3 styles: gotic, baroque and rococo, what can be seen inside its representative chambers .
There are different tourist attractions to see and various routes to take during Ksiaz Castle Tour:
- From the Piast Dynasty to the Mysteries of the Second World War – a comprehensive lesson of the castle’s history, during which visitors can see impressive baroque chambers, its oldest, medieval-Renaissance part, as well as the areas connected with Nazi’s secret plan.
- Underground Route – a fascinating route leading through mysterious underground tunnels built by Nazis during the WWII period (including Hitler’s gold train). It constitutes precious heritage of the war history in the castle.
- The Princess Daisy Route – a route for those who would like to familiarize with castle’s scenic surroundings. It leads through 14 beautiful terraces and includes a visit in the Ksiaz Landscape Park.
- Palm House – created under the rule of the last castle’s owner – Hans Heinrich XV von Hochberg. It has over 250 species of plants and it’s the only winter-garden in Poland with its original historical constructions.
- The Terraces and Ksiaz garden – French-style magnificent gardens including Terraces of: the Floral Goddess, Hazel, Water, Semi-circular, Rose, Powder, West and North – each more beautiful than the other.
In the course of time, this most prominent castle in Wroclaw area had many different owners and has been repeatedly destroyed. It was built in the XIII century under the rule of king Bolek. Its location on a high rocky hill surrounded by a picturesque valley made it one of the most original fortresses in the area. Soon, the castle came under the authority of Czech kings and in the XIV century it was already owned by the Hungarians. Finally, the powerful Hochberg family took over having the biggest impact on castle’s history and architecture. They ruled the castle for over 400 years, until the WWII. As a result of the Third Reich and then the Russian army’s devastating activities, the building was partly destroyed. During the war, Nazis planned to convert the castle into one of Hitler’s headquarters and they built long underground tunnels. For next few years the castle was repeatedly looted as it had no former fortifications.
The Church of Peace in Swidnica is an incredibly impressive building from the XVI century and the biggest baroque temple in Europe. Its uniqueness is appreciated around the world and in 2001 it was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. In recent years it has become extremely attractive place for tourists of all nationalities.
The Church is a symbol of the end of the Thirty Years’ War fought between 1618 and 1648. Its construction was a part of the Peace Treaty of Westphalia that ended the war.
It was designed in the shape of a Greek cross. It’s the original baroque outlook, that makes the temple so special among all protestant buildings with stark decors. It was certainly ahead of its time. One of the most characteristic elements of the church’s interior are the baroque embellishments of the main altar, a pulpit, a font and impressive church organs.
Entering the church one can see a wide aisle covered by an impressive wooden ceiling embellished with beautiful polymorphic. The church’s architecture is characterized with artistically sculptured loges between church galleries.
The Church of Peace is surrounded by several historical buildings including a bell tower, a school and the cemetery, here many famous citizens of Swidnica were buried.
There are several ways of how to get to Ksiaz Castle from Wroclaw. You can either choose public transportation (bus or train) or book a private tour. The second option is much more comfortable as it features door-to-door pick up, English-speaking driver, local guides and comfortable ride. By booking private tour you can adjust the starting time to your schedule and don’t have to worry about guides availability.
If you book Ksiaz Castle tour with us you won’t regret. Our English-speaking driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel in Wroclaw and give you a comfortable ride to the castle. Upon your arrival you’ll familiarize with amazing story of this monumental building and admire picturesque settings around. After the tour you’ll go back to your hotel in Wroclaw or to any given destination. The tour lasts for 5 hours so you should be back before the evening. If you have any additional needs during the tour do not hesitate to speak to our driver- he will certainly help you.
Have you already been in Ksiaz Castle tour? If you would like to discover some more historical places in the area, check our full offer of tours from Wroclaw. Places such us Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, Gross-Rosen camp will familiarize you with the darkest times of the World War II. These are the two former concentration camps in occupied Poland, that went down to Polish history forever. Visiting both places will give you a broad history lesson that everyone should know. Due to brutal character of the former camps, it is not recommended to visit the places with children under 14.
Choosing our Project Riese tour you’ll find out about deepest secrets of war conspiracies during the World War II. It’s a great alternative for those who prefer to follow off-the-beaten tracks and discover mysterious, less known historical places.