ABOUT THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Książ Castle is a huge architectural complex on a scale unique in Europe, situated on a rocky promontory deep in the forest. By virtue of its rich history and remarkable size, the building has been entered on the list of historic sites recognized by the National Heritage Institute, is found on the Piast Castles Trail, and to this day is an essential testimony to the events of the past. As a residential complex, Książ is recognized as the third-largest castle in Poland and the largest in Lower Silesia.
Since 1991, the facility has been managed by Zamek Książ in Wałbrzych, Ltd., whose founder and owner is the Gmina Wałbrzych (Wałbrzych local government). This company exists to provide security, day-to-day management and suitable maintenance for the Ksiąz castle and park complex, as well as other places of historic interest owned by the Gmina Wałbrzych. The company’s earnings are its sole source of financial support.
With a view to this, the company is constantly developing its services, so that they meet the expectations of visitors. The company makes it possible, above all, for individuals or organized groups to tour the castle. Książ is also known throughout the region as the setting of numerous cultural events, festivals, exhibitions, film screenings, historical reconstructions and galas. Film crews, drawn by the castle’s exquisite local landscapes, have also taken advantage of the castle’s services.
The company also can offer a range of business and banquet services. In the Castle there are also organized symposia, conferences, celebrations for special occasions, balls and formal dinners. Since December 2012, the castle has housed the Conference-Cultural Centre (hyperlink), which has been partly financed by the European Union with the European Regional Development Fund. At present, Książ can offer the use of over 25 fully equipped conference and banquet rooms, with space for up to 1,000 people.
Within the company, four divisions are involved in offering the facility’s services: Customer Service (day visits), the Marketing and Promotion Division (marketing and night visits), the Events Division (organization of special events), and the Cultural and Touristic Division (academic projects, publications, classes at the castle, and cultural exhibitions).
Since 2012, the management company has also been in charge of the Wałbrzych Palm House (hyperlink), situated about 1.5 kilometres from the castle. This is the only winter garden in Poland that has been maintained in its historic construction. Visitors to the Palm House may admire its wall made of volcanic tuff from Sicily, as well as its 250 species of plants from diverse climatic zones in various continents.
Chief Executive Officer
Książ Castle in Wałbrzych Ltd., conscious of the historical and cultural heritage of the facility consisting of Książ Castle, the castle and park complex, as well as other places of historical interest within the borders of the Wałbrzych Community, has undertaken its work for many years according to the statute contained in the founding contract of the company: “Believing that it lies in the interest of the community of residents of the territory of Wałbrzych to take comprehensive care of the material testimonies to its historical heritage, a limited liability company has been created, whose mission will be to meet the needs of the Wałbrzych community in the areas of culture, tourism, and the protection of monuments; to care for monuments to material and non-material culture which this community possesses; to make these monuments accessible to residents, as well as guests from elsewhere in the country and abroad; and to promote historical awareness and knowledge.”
Since 1991, we have proudly met these expectations!