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The Undergrounds at Ksiaz Castle



Ksiaz Castle is a huge structure located within the administrative city limits of Walbrzych. In Silesia, in terms of size, is second to none. After many modifications, the castle today is a mixture of different architectural styles, from Gothic to the history-forming early 20th century architecture.

 


FEATURES, ORIGINS, VALUES AND LEGAL PROTECTION
Since 1509, the building has been owned by the Hoberg family, known later as the Hochberg family. Ksiaz Castle, along with its vast estates, remained in the hands of Hochberg family until World War II, when it was confiscated by the Nazis. In 1939 the Nazi state took, on the pretext of alleged treason, as a result of their English connections, most of the estates belonging to the Hochberg family. In 1941, the Nazis finally took over the castle and began its reconstruction, by command of the Fuehrer. At the same time, under the building, several thousand prisoners were digging a tunnel network which was in the framework of the “Riese” Project, which also was the reason for the mineshafts being dug in the Owl Mountains. However, before the work was completed, Germany was forced to surrender. Part of the underground section of the complex at Ksiaz Castle are two hollow excavated chambers, located 15m and 50m below the main courtyard. The first chamber, that is open to the public, is fully concreted and has a total length of about 90m at the level of the Goddess Flora Terrace and the adjoining terrace. It connects the castle directly with the terraces and the main shaft. It has a guarded sentry post, and exit on the Horseshoe Terrace and is connected to one of the castle lifts, which allows communication with all the floors of the castle, as well as the nearly circular staircase in cross-section, to ensure communication with the ground floor of the castle.
The second excavated chamber is much more extensive, has been used for mounting super-sensitive measuring instrumentation of the Geophysical Observatory of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
The Ksiaz Castle and Palace Complex is a historic building, which is listed as a historic monument as part of the Ksiaz Landscape Park.

TOUR ORGANISER
The Castle Ksiaz Company in Walbrzych Sp. of o.o
Ul Piastow Slaskich 1
58-306 Walbrzych
http://www.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl/
Enquiry Desk
Phone: +48 74 66 43 850
e-mail: zamek@ksiaz.walbrzych.pl
office@ksiaz.walbrzych.pl

Information /Entry bookings:
Phone: +48 74 664 38 34
fax. +48 74 664 38 62
e-mail: zwiedzanie@ksiaz.walbrzych.pl
info@ksiaz.walbrzych.pl
Tourist group reservation department is open Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 16.00.

ACCESSIBILITY OF FACILITIES BY VISITORS
Castle can be visited:
From 1st April to 30th September:
Monday to Friday, ticket office opening hours, between 10.00 and 17.00
Saturday and Sunday ticket office opening hours, between 10.00 and 18.00
From 1st October till 31st March:
Tuesday to Friday, ticket office opening hours, between 10.00 and 15.00
Saturday and Sunday, ticket office opening hours, between 10.00 and 16.00
NOTE! In winter, the castle is closed to visitors on Mondays.

The underground tunnel can be visited with a guide for an additional entrance fee for individual tourists visiting the terraces or the castle.
The waiting time for a guide: between 30 and 60 minutes, individual visitors only.
Organised tours for groups with a Polish-speaking guide have to be requested in writing, at least 7 days prior to the date of the visit.
Visiting the castle in groups of min. 15 people
Visiting the underground tunnel with a guide will be able in a group of min. 6 people.
The underground tour with a guide only
In the case of large number of people, the group will be divided to the required limit.
All groups meet in front of the ticket office.
The length of the underground route is about 80m.

 

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