Lords, aristocracy, and common citizens, who had come from various countries (including the religious immigrants from the Czech Republic, Wallonia and the Netherlands), left behind magnificent works of art, craft and architecture enriching our culture. The multiple peoples of Europe brought along scientific, economic, and industrial solutions as well as adding variety to the Polish cuisine.
Today we can admire all of it. If you add to this the spectacular nature in the form of mountains, forests and parks, you get an attractive and intriguing must-see holiday destination. An important part of traveling is also a cuisine. We always choose the best places with the best food in the area. This time we will have the opportunity to try not only Polish but also German and Czech cuisine. Although as a tourist office, we focus mostly on mountain tourism, we realize the uniqueness of the whole Lower Silesia region, and so we created a program that combines it all: the intriguing history, great works of architecture, the culture of three countries and a unique place to stay, located at the foot of the Sudetes.
Arrival day. Airport-hotel transfer: duration around 2hrs. Arrival at Wroclaw where our representative will greet you; transfer to a hotel located at the foothills of the Sudetes in Pakoszów village near Jelenia Góra; check-in; welcome meeting and briefing; free time.
A day trip around Jelenia Góra, introducing the history of our region from the Middle Ages to the present day. You will see the monuments of Gothic, Roman Baroque and Neoclassicism periods (among others the Baroque Churches of Peace, which are the largest timber-framed churches made of loam, straw and sand in Europe. In 2001, both churches were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site). We will also see other architectural gems – from beautifully restored palace complexes to some once magnificent buildings, which now look like settings out of a horror movie. On the way back, we will have dinner combined with French wine tasting.
Trip to Książ Castle – fascinating history and guests of the castle from the 13th century to the present day. Ksiaż Castle is a residential complex located approximately 50 km from our hotel. It was built in the years 1288 – 1292 by Prince Bolko I Surowy, one of the rulers of Swidnicko-Jaworskie Duchy. In the following centuries the castle continuously changed hands. It was claimed by Czech and German dukes, and it was constantly being extended by them. It hosted the most significant personalities from Poland and other countries including the Emperor of Russia, Nicholas I Romanov, and British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. During World War II the castle was adopted as one of Hitler’s quarters. It also served as a storehouse for the collection of Berlin State Library. Książ Castle has been systematically restored for several years now, and it is currently the third largest castle in Poland.
Trip to Cistercian Abbey in Lubiąż – the largest Cistercian Abbey in the world, and one of the largest and highest-class Baroque monuments in Europe. The monastery is the second largest religious building in the world (second only to the El Escorial monastery in Spain). The complex is two and a half the size of Wawel Castle and has more than 600 windows. The roof area itself is approximately 2.5 hectares, and the length of the facade is 223 meters. It is the longest Baroque facade in Europe. The abbey was founded in 1163 by a Silesian prince, Bolesław. He invited the Cistercians of Thuringia to settle in the Lower Silesia. The monastery developed and flourished over the following centuries, and reached the peak of its splendor during the reign of the Habsburgs in Silesia. The decline of the object occurred in 1810 when the Prussian king disbanded the orde and changed the monastery into a hospital. The total decline of the monastery was caused by Soviet troops, who occupied the building at the end of World War II. It was time of total devastation and plunder. In the following years, the monastery served as a warehouse, but in 1989 a thorough renovation began and has continued until today. Currently, the halls and rooms, which are the most outstanding monuments of Baroque in the world, are open to the public. An interesting fact is that in 1997 Michael Jackson visited the property during his tour in Poland.
Koenigstein Fortress – on this day we will go to Germany to visit Koenigstein mountain fortress, which is an excellent example of military European architecture. We will also go on a boat cruise on the Elba River, which flows at the foot of the fortress hill. The fortress is situated on a cliff top at the height of 247 meters above the river. The first records of the building appeared as early as the thirteenth century. At that time the object was a fortified castle built by the Czechs. The castle was located exactly on the border between the Czech territory and Westmarch Meissen. At the beginning of the fifteenth century (1408), the fortification was taken over by the ruling Saxon Wettin dynasty. Over the following centuries, the castle was converted into a fortress. The works on the fortress lasted from 1559 to 1731. An interesting highlight of the day is that from Poland to Germany and back, we will go through the Czech Republic so in one day we will be in three countries. As Czech Republic is a country known for its production of fine beers, we will stop for dinner at one of the many breweries in the region on the way back.
Day of relaxation – an optional outing to the mountains
It’s the last day in the palace and Jelenia Góra Valley. Tomorrow is the second part of our trip – the capital of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw. On the last day it’s good to relax using what Pakoszów Palace offers: the pool, spa, and a beautiful garden, from which you can admire the mountains. Talking of which, it seems a shame to be so close to the mountains and not visit them. That’s why we offer a 3-to-4-hour trip – no rush, no strain, just a relaxing walk above the Snowy Cirques. We reach the top on a chairlift, hike along the ridge from which you can view the entire Jelenia Góra Valley, and then descend through the Black Cirque. We guarantee that after this outing your last dinner at the palace, around a campfire and barbecue, will taste even better.
We depart from Pakoszów Palace after breakfast at around 9 a.m. and transfer to our hotel in Wroclaw, approximately 2 hrs. 30 min. After arrival, we check in and walk around the beautiful old city of Wroclaw. Wroclaw Old Town and its surroundings are a perfect place for a relaxing walk, as well as visiting several unique Gothic and Baroque monuments. During the sightseeing trip around the city, we visit selected sites with a knowledgeable guide. We stop for lunch in one of the best restaurants in the old town, and get some free time to explore the town or to relax. Places that are absolutely worth seeing in Wroclaw are: Wroclaw Old Town Square, Cathedral Island, Market Hall, Leopoldin Hall in University of Wroclaw and the Slodova Island.
Wrocław – visit to the Racławice Panorama
Racławice Panorama is a cycloramic painting depicting the Battle of Racławice. This impressive relic of the nineteenth-century mass culture, is one of only a few preserved examples of the genre in Europe. The large painting (15×114 m) ‘transfers’ the viewer into a different time, a reality of its own, by artfully combining painterly devices (special kind of perspective) and technical effects (lighting, artificial terrain, dark and usually tortuous passage to the viewing platform). Panorama of the Battle of Racławice is the oldest and only extant example of panorama painting in Poland. The project was conceived as a patriotic manifestation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the victorious Battle of Racławice, which had taken place during the Kościuszko Insurrection, a heroic but in the end fallen attempt to defend Poland’s independence. Over the last two centuries, the object has been visited by many distinguished guests, such as: Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria, Franz Joseph I Emperor of Austria, Pope John Paul II, Beatrix Queen of Holland, Albert II King of Belgium. After sightseeing, there will be some time for shopping in the many delis and malls of the neighborhood.
After two days of sightseeing and visiting some of the most glamorous Gothic and Baroque monuments in Poland, we will see some not less outstanding urban architecture from the beginning of the twentieth century. Centennial Hall is a unique venue on the map of Poland, it is a place where history harmoniously interacts with modernity. It was designed by Max Berg, an outstanding city architect, and recognized as one of the top masterpieces of the twentieth-century architecture. The Hall was designed to serve the citizens of Wrocław and visitors to Lower Silesia’s capital city, and it’s been performing this function successfully for many years now. Multi-purpose space, unusual structure, and unique location represent just a few of its strengths. Centennial Hall complex is currently one of the most desired venues among domestic and foreign organizers of major exhibitions, conferences, cultural, sport and congress events. The Hall’s inscription on UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006 emphasized the rank of this facility. It is undoubtedly one of the most characteristic showpieces of Wrocław. The Hall is the main element of an architectural complex consisting of the Pergola, the Japanese Garden, and the Iglica.
Departure day.Transfer from the hotel to the airport, duration around 30-45 minutes, depending on the traffic.
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