Our surroundings are very rich in various types of historical objects open to the public. We encourage you to visit some of the most popular and interesting of them:
Czocha Castle was built in the mid-thirteenth century by order of Wenceslaus II - the Czech king. It was to serve as a defensive stronghold of the Czech Republic. Centuries of rebuilding into a residential residence finally deprived the castle of military significance. In 1793 a fire broke out in the castle which completely consumed the property and turned it into a ruin. The last pre-war owner was Ernest Gűtschow, who at the beginning of the 20th century commissioned another reconstruction of the castle, which was watched over by the then genius of architecture - Bodo Erhardt. Thanks to him, the castle has become one of the most beautiful gems among monuments in Lower Silesia.
There are many film productions in the castle, such as the "Fortress of Ciphers" series, it is also considered to be the European Harry Potter fan house - annual rallies for fans of this magical series of books and films are organized here.
The castle is located on the top of Mount Chojnik in the Karkonosze Mountains, at an altitude of 627 meters above sea level. The south-eastern slope haunts tourists who conquer the castle with a 150-meter cliff descending into the "Hell's Valley". The stronghold was erected in the area of the current nature reserve of the Karkonosze National Park. The castle was built during the reign of Bolko II, most probably around 1355. in the place where the manor house used to stand. In August 1675. a lightning strike caused a fire that completely consumed the building.
In 1822, a shelter was opened in the ruins, which is still functioning today.
The Valley of Palaces and Gardens consists of 30 restored buildings scattered throughout the Karkonosze Mountains. The area of 102 km2 offers a visit to gothic castles and defensive towers, renaissance manors and baroque palaces. .
Fairy-tale facilities also offer the opportunity to see beautiful parks and gardens, planted with rich old trees and extraordinary garden architecture.
The valley consists of, among others, the following objects: the Palace on the Water in Staniszków, the Paulinum Palace and the Wojanów Palace (visible in the photo).
A gothic castle built in the northern part of the Czech Republic, on the border with Poland, was built in 1278. The builder knight Ronovice decided to lift it on the top of a mountain above the Smědou River. The castle is considered to be one of the largest in the Czech Republic and the reconstruction during the Renaissance made it also a wonderful combination of a medieval castle with a Renaissance chateau. In 1800, the castle became the first castle in Central Europe open to the public. Nowadays, it can also be seen from the inside all year round on guided tours.
Not all monuments in our neighborhood have survived to this day. In addition to the objects that have passed the renovation, the neighboring towns also have many ruins to offer, which, despite their poor technical condition, are open to visitors.
Most of them are in private hands. The new owners are trying to renovate and secure the buildings on their own to minimize further decay.
In the vicinity, visitors can enter the ruins area:
• GRYF Castle in Piastowski in Proszówka
• The Ducal Castle in Świecie
• Knight's Castle in Stara Kamienica
• Rajsko Castle in Zapust (in the photo)