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Park and palace complex Ksiaz (German: Fürstenstein) in Wałbrzych is located in the Książański Landscape Park, on the Piast Castles Route. Książ Castle is the third largest castle in Poland (after the Teutonic Order) castle in Malbork i Wawel Royal Castle). Part of the Książ Castle, together with interiors, is open to visitors.
The Książ Castle complex also has a gastronomic and hotel section, and it is located in the stable rooms Herd of Stallions Książ.
In the near future, Książ Castle plans to provide tourists with access to level 50, ie the underground carved during World War II.
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This is 90 - a minute walk around the chambers and former cellars of the Książ Castle, colored with stories of ghosts and chilling scenes in veins.
Legends told by the guide during the walk bring the youngest visitors to the history of the Książ Castle.
There are presentations for the youngest visitors, including sightseeing of the Książ Castle. Anecdotes and archival photos bring children closer to the times of the Middle Ages, the fate of the former inhabitants of the castle - the Hochbergs, as well as the history of Silesia, from its inception to modern times.
The first written mention of Książ Castle comes from the end of the 13th century, when a new stronghold, called Książęca Góra, was built.
Later, Książ belonged to the Czech Republic and Hungary.
During the times of the knight Konrad I von Hoberg (the original name of the surname), the castle's expansion begins.
In 1683, the Hochbergs receive the count's title, and in the 1848 year, also the princely title of von Pless, associated with the Duchy of Pszczyna.
From the time of Konrad III von Hochberg, the Książ castle becomes the hereditary property of this family.
In the middle of the eighteenth century, Konrad Ernest Maximilian von Hochberg added a Baroque wing, the Honorary Courtyard and the ward's buildings, an outbuilding, a bathhouse, a gatehouse building, a post and a library. This is called the first major reconstruction of the Książ Castle.
On Topolowa Hill, a summer pavilion is created, which in the second half of the nineteenth century becomes a grave chapel for the owners of the Książ Castle.
There is also an artificial ruin in the castle park, Stary Książ.
Titled Jan Henryk XI, count von Hochberg and the prince of Pszczyna von Pless, as well as Herzog von Pless, significantly rebuilt the castle and developed the area. A free cooking school for the daughters of workers employed in the mines in Wałbrzych was also established at that time.
His son, Jan Henryk XV, together with his wife, Maria Teresa Cornwallis West (Daisy), performs the second major reconstruction of the Książ castle and two neo-Renaissance wings are created, as well as castle terraces, and the tower reaches the height of 47 meters.
For Princess Daisy, the Palm House is also being built in nearby Wałbrzych.
In 1941, Książ Castle is taken over by Germany and the Todt paramilitary organization. Preparing the headquarters for Adolf Hitler is in progress, the castle is being rebuilt, and tunnels are created under the courtyard, an element of the Riese Complex (Giant) being created in the Owl Mountains.
After the war, the Soviet army stationed here and Książ Castle deteriorated.
The renovation works carried out since the 70s allow for the renovation of the palace and park complex.
Tourists have access to the interior of the castle, terraces and underground tunnels.
Książ from the kitchen is an exhibition of over 200 photographs of the Książ Castle from the time when the Hochberg family lived here, taken by the former chef of the princely family, Louis Hardouin, in the years 1909-1926.
The exhibition is located in the Princess Daisy Apartments, on the second floor of the Książ Castle.
Admission to the exhibition included in the price of the ticket to the castle.
Over the centuries, Książ Castle changed owners and was rebuilt many times. Most of the damage occurred here during World War II and during the post-war turmoil. After 70 years, however, the paintings presented at this exhibition returned to the former seat of the Hochbergs.
The Palm House in Wałbrzych was established for Maria Teresa Cornwallis - West (Princess Daisy) in 1908 - 1911, and its construction absorbed 7 million brands in gold. 1900 square meters were planted over 80 plant species, there were also greenhouses, orangery, Japanese gardens, a rosarium and a fruit and vegetable garden. In the 15-meter building, date palms were planted, and caves and waterfalls were created from the lava from the Etna volcano.
White-petaled roses, the so-called "Daisy" roses, were grown in the rosarium.
Currently, there are more than 250 species of plants from various climate zones.
Hotel Książ is located in three palace outbuildings of the Książ Castle.
Among the guests of the Książ Castle there were, among others:King Prus Frederick II and Frederick William III, Księżna Izabela Czartoryska, Prince Antoni Radziwiłł, German Emperor Wilhelm I, Tsar Nicholas I, Winston Churchill, Queen of Greece Zofia, Queen of Romania Maria and Emperor Wilhelm II.
The Książ Hotel offers 80 beds in single, double and triple rooms, as well as suites and apartments. All rooms are equipped with spacious bathrooms, TV, telephone and internet access.
In modern equipped Conference Center Hotel Zamek Książ is able to organize conferences, trainings and special events.
For the youngest guests of Hotel Książ there is a playroom with toys and a table football table.
-Zamek Książ along with tourist routes
-12 castle terraces for walks
- underground tunnel
-possibility of horse riding and renting a carriage (Stado Ogierów Książ)
-romantic castle ruins Old Książ
-Palmiarnia in Wałbrzych
health resort Szczawno - Zdrój
-Centrum of Science and Art "Old Mine"
- pool complex "Aqua - Zdrój " with ozone water
- Water Park in Świebodzice
- hiking and cycling trails marked out in the park
-Lance of Pełcznica
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