POLAND: ROUTE ON CASTLES AND HOMESTEADS
In recent years, many of the estates have found new owners who have restored historic buildings and turned their hotels. The easiest way to get to the historical region of Lower Silesia is through the Wroclaw airport with a transfer in Warsaw, and there you can hire a car. You can stay for the night in the castles, but it is better to book accommodation in advance.
Start the ring route is most convenient from the castle Klitskuv. In the XIII century it was built as a defensive fortification, and by the XVII century it turned into a noble residence. Today there are historical reconstructions. Near the castle there is a forest where you can go for a walk or a run, just ask the route at the hotel reception. The castle also has a swimming pool.
The city of Bolesławiec next to the castle is famous for its cobalt ceramics and the fact that the great commander Kutuzov died here in pursuit of Napoleon. Until now, there are disputes about where his heart is kept: buried with the entrails in the cemetery or was taken to Russia with an embalmed body?
The 18th century palace with baroque interiors belonged to industrialists who were engaged in bleaching flax – the region was famous for its fabrics. The last owners were the family of Pastor Hans Drevesa with seven children. They left the estate at the end of the Second World War. When the pastor’s grandson returned to his homeland after many years, he bought the estate from the state. After restoration in 2013, the hotel opened here. Best of all during the years of desolation, the blue drawing room has been preserved, the walls of which are lined with 18th century tiles from Delft (Holland).
Adjacent to the castle is the picturesque town of Jelenia Góra and the ruined medieval castle of Hoinik.
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The Renaissance castle originated in the 16th century. He survived the Second World War without much loss, but the previous owners were forced to leave possessions. For half a century the castle collapsed. The new owners restored it with attention to historical details and turned it into a luxury hotel. Tastings and cooking classes are held in the castle: the chef of a local restaurant has built a kitchen based on regional products.
In the historic manor house of the 17th century in Nysa, the Court Park Hotel is located in the compound of the Wrocław bishops. Once there was a castle here, but in the XIX century it was destroyed. To this day, only the Bishop’s Palace has been preserved near the hotel. In the second half of the 20th century, Nysa cars were manufactured in the city of Nysa, and car seats were assembled for them at the bishop’s residence. In total, from 1958 to 1994, 358 thousand cars were produced, more than half went to export to the USSR, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, Cambodia and Ghana.
The castle in Moshna is perhaps the most pompous and at the same time the most fabulous on this route: it reminds both Bavarian castle Neuschwanstein and Hogwarts. Perhaps that is why the hotel conducts quests for children from books about Harry Potter. But the weddings here also arrange the most magnificent, and the newlyweds are offered a “golden” number. In total, the castle has 365 rooms by the number of days per year. The roof of the castle, built in eclectic style, is crowned with 99 towers and turrets. The castle was owned by the noble family of Tile-Winkler, here even the German Emperor Wilhelm II was here. After the Second World War, the sanatorium was located here. A magnificent park adjoins the castle, where the festival of azaleas and rhododendrons annually takes place.
At 25 kilometers from Opole is built in 1313, the Castle of Nemodlin. It was later rebuilt in the Renaissance style, and in 1740 the building was decorated with baroque elements. Since 2015, the castle is under restoration, and the new owners are wondering where the plastic copy of the amber room from Tsarskoye Selo has come from.
Not far from Nemodlin is the city of Opole, famous for painting on porcelain and summer music festivals, where Anna Hermann performed. The new interactive museum of the Polish song deserves special attention: here you can try on variety costumes – live and on the screen, play instruments and listen to Polish performers.
In the village of Jakubowice, it is good to rest and relax before returning to Wroclaw. For the night you can stay in the estate in 1882. After the Second World War, the local collective farm office was located here, which did not pay proper attention to the building. Only in 1989 the palace was listed as a historical monument.