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of Książ Castle

Ticket
Office Opening Hours

Ticket Office Opening Hours, CASTLE AND PALM HOUSE

(These facilities may be visited up to an hour after the ticket office closes)

Season / day of the week Castle Ticket Office Opening Hours Palm House Ticket Office Opening Hours
HIGH SEASON
(June, July, August)
Mon-Sun  9 a.m.-6 p.m.   10 a.m.-6 p.m. 
SHOULDER SEASON
(April, May,
September, October)
Mon-Fri  9 a.m.-5 p.m.   10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Sat-Sun  9 a.m.-6 p.m.   10 a.m.-6 p.m. 
LOW SEASON
(January, February, March,
November, December)
Mon-Fri  10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Sat-Sun  10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Castle and Palm House are also not open to visitors on the following days:

- Maintenance Mondays:  the second Monday of January, as well as the first Monday of February, March, November and December.
- New Year’s Day (1 January)
- Easter Sunday (movable holiday)
- All Saints’ Day (1 November)
- Christmas Day (25 December)
- New Year’s Day (1 January)


There is a reduced price on tickets without a guide purchased one hour before the ticket offices close on the day of the visit (this regulation does not apply to tickets for admission to special events).

The ticket office opening hours may be changed during special events organized by the Castle. See the Calendar of Events.

Please also see IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

Visitor
Routes

ViSIting Książ Castle

(available routes as of 2 April, 2012)

 

INFORMATION:

GROUPS: Guided tours in Polish or another language may take place following three thematic routes, exclusively for groups for which at least 15 tickets have been purchased. Prior notification at the Customer Service Point (+48 74 66 43 834 / 872) is required.

INDIVIDUAL VISITORS: Individuals may visit the Castle without a guide, or purchase a ticket for a guided tour in Polish, only on the “From the Piast Dynasty to the Secrets of World War II” route. Groups consisting of independent visitors are formed on a continuing basis; there may be a waiting period of 60 minutes. It is possible to purchase, online or at sales offices, tickets for group tours that have been announced, regularly beginning daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (as long as there are free places in these groups). Further times for guided tours for groups that may form may be checked on the web page of the electronic sales system, www.bilety.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl, or at Customer Service (telephone: +48 74 66 43 834/872).


VISIT THE CASTLE WITH THE WOWPoland APP: Those with tickets for self-guided castle visits may take advantage of the WOWPoland app (available on personal mobile devices with Android 4.3 or higher versions, or IOS 7.0 or higher versions, and with functioning headphones). A guide to several thematic routes through the castle premises is available in the app. More information: [here]
 

Please also see IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

 

 

ROUTE I: “BAROQUE KSIĄŻ”

Guided visits only for organized groups (over 15 tickets) upon prior arrangement.

Baroque Książ, a tour through the castle’s most beautiful areas, is the basic route for visitors, during which they can learn about the history of the castle and those who lived there. This guided tour leads to the characteristic Baroque rooms: the Green Salon, the Maximlian Hall (the best-preserved representative palace hall in Silesia), the White Salon, the Chinese Salon, and the Baroque Salon. The culminating point of the tour is “Fortune’s Rock” from which, in the warmer months (1 April to 30 September), descending to the Knights’ Inn, one can go directly on to the castle’s magnificent terraces.

Visiting Time: 40 minutes.

ROUTE II: “FROM THE PIAST DYNASTY TO THE MYSTERIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Guided tours for groups of individual visitors and organized groups (over 15 tickets)

Discover the true history of Książ along the route named “From the Piast Dynasty to the Mysteries of the Second World War”. Visitors will be told of the events that marked the castle’s history, both in the times of the von Hochberg aristocratic family, and during the stormy period of the Second World War. The tour begins along a route similar to that of the “Baroque Książ” tour, leading along the castle’s most beautiful representative rooms. Visitors then are taken to the areas of Książ which the Nazis rebuilt as part of Hitler Germany’s secret plan, involving the castle, code-named “Riese” (“Giant”). A further part of the route leads through the oldest medieval-Renaissance part of the castle, in which there are rooms such as the Hunters’ Hall together with the Black Courtyard, the Knights’ Hall and the Konrad Hall, known once as the small ballroom. Since 8 January, 2014, as part of this tour it has been possible to visit the modernized third floor of Książ Castle, where there may be found, among other attractions, the permanent exhibition titled “The Castle’s Hidden Secrets”, much of which features photographs that the castle collection has recovered only since 2010. Finally, from the level of the terraces, visitors may enter a tunnel,  dug 15 metres deep under the castle during World War II. Part of this underground tunnel has been made available to visitors to a length of 96 metres; it is 1.5 metres wide and 2.5 metres in height. At the end of the tunnel, one finds an unfinished staircase.   

Visiting time: approximately 90 minutes

During the Summer season (1 April to 30 September), visitors may stay on the terraces after the tour has finished, or return with the guide to the castle, to view it further on their own.

PLEASE NOTE: Some further information for individual visitors who tour the castle with a guide (Polish-speaking only):
- Throughout the year, tours are formed continually at the ticket office. There may be a waiting time of up to 60 minutes before the tour begins.
- The permanent times for guided tours for individual visitors, throughout the year, are:  at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The number of places in a group of individual tourists is limited. Where more people are interested, during the summer season, groups are formed continually.
- The last entrance time for tours is one hour before the ticket offices close (that is, from 1 April to 30 September, at 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday except holidays, and at 5 p.m. on weekends; from 1 October to 31 March, at 2 p.m. Monday to Friday except holidays, and on weekends, at 3 p.m.). The times necessary to wait for the guide will apply, according to the regulations

ROUTE III: THE PRINCESS DAISY ROUTE – castle, terraces, park

Guided tours are possible only for organized groups (more than 15 tickets) after making previous arrangements.

Książ Castle is a huge architectural complex with a unique location – worth seeing in all its splendour!  "The Princess Daisy route" has been created especially for those who wish to know as much as they can about Książ – not only to learn about the castle’s fascinating history, taken by a guide to its oldest and most beautiful areas (just as in the tour, “From the Piasts to the Mysteries of the Second World War”), but also to visit its 14 terraces,  in a route that goes around the castle.  A further path has been extended for visits to the Ksiaż Landscape Park. The park route leads to the famous linden walk by the Hochberg Mortuary Chapel (Mausoleum), and then to the lookout point, where the castle may be admired in a huge expanse of forest, as well as the canyon of the Pełnicza River. From this lookout, visitors return to the castle gates.

Tour time: about 140 minutes

PLEASE NOTE: A route may not be taken in the case of exceptionally inclement weather.

WOWPoland App

Using the new “WOW Poland” application, individual visitors may tour Książ listening to a remarkable history of the castle, at the moment they choose, and without making prior arrangements – they have a virtual guide. As part of the guide service, the visitor can take the main route, similar to the “From the Piast Dynasty to the Mysteries of the Second World War” route (though not including the tunnel or other areas dug during World War II). The visitor will hear not only about the most important events involving the castle, but will also enjoy many attractive features, such as historical photos showing the previous appearance of the castle rooms, animation and augmented reality, affording a view of the Scheffler paintings that have been missing from the Maximilian Hall. Try the WOW Poland app  today, and fall in love with history as it comes to life before your eyes.

There’s no way to learn all of the 700-year-history of Książ Castle in a single afternoon. Whether you’re interested only in one aspect or, to the contrary, you want to know everything about Książ, take advantage of the choice of visitor routes available on WOW Poland.

 Especially for you, we have devised the following, unique experience:

  • Książ Castle’s Story -  Learn the most important events in the Castle’s history: on this route you’ll hear about the events that marked Książ, the times when the aristocratic von Hochberg family ruled the Castle, and its fate during the stormy Second World War years. Here you’ll learn what you simply need to know about Książ!
  • Princess Daisy’s Diary – The Hochbergs became one of the most powerful dynasties in this part of the world, ruling the Castle for over 400 years. This route takes you through this remarkable and fascinating period in the Castle’s history, with all its magnificence – and scandal. Visitors are provided with no lack of information and stories about the life of the indomitable Princess Daisy, now recognized as one of the most interesting figures associated with Ksiąz.
  • Wartime Książ –   from 1943 to 1945, Książ was one great construction site. What occurred significantly influenced its present-day appearance. In the castle and in the nearby Owl Mountains, work began connected with the secret  Nazi German project known by the code name “Riese” (“Giant”). Learn more about this stormy period and follow the route with us. Learn what happened to the works of art in the Castle, and why today Książ’s rich library collection has disappeared. Discover what  may be hidden in the areas that were dug under the Castle.
  • Tales of Książ, For the Young, and Young at Heart – is Książ the land of mythical creatures and invincible heroes? We propose this route for our youngest travellers, who can use the WOWPoland application to go on a voyage full of legends and stories of dragons and knights’ tournaments. There are also plenty of stories about figues of fairy tales: heroic beasts hidden in the Castle ceilings and on their coats of arms. This is a brilliant way not only to teach the very young about Książ Castle, but also to pique their interest in art and history.

The E-Guide service is for now available in Polishand  English

The “WOW Poland” application will soon allow travellers to see more than Książ alone. Its planned capabilities will make other tourist attractions available, with the help of virtual guides. The number of such facilities is continually growing. Visitors may submit their own suggestions about interesting places to the application, at the following e-mail address: wowpoland@ksiaz.walbrzych.pl.

INDIVIDUAL TOURS

The castle may be visited individually, without a guide, following the signs that indicate the visitor route.  The route for non-guided visitors is similar to that of the route for the tour titled “From the Piast Dynasty to the Secrets of the Second World War”, but does include the third floor or the areas dug by the Nazis during the Second World War, or the 96-metre underground tunnel . Especially for visitors to our salons, we have prepared descriptions in Polish, English and German.

TERRACES

- the terraces are open only in the warmer season, from 1 April to 30 September.
- the terraces are included in the visitor routes; they may also constitute a separate entrance, along with the Palm House.

The terraces and Książ garden were developed in the eighteenth century, at first in the symmetrical French style. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the castle’s last mistress, Princess Daisy, brought about further embellishments. The British gardeners whom she engaged arranged some of the terraces in the English style, adapting them to the natural landscape. Today up to 14 terraces may be found at different levels, which together occupy an area of over 2 hectares. From 1 April to 30 September, visitors may explore, among other terraces, the charming  Powder Terrace, the Terrace of the Floral Goddess with its magnificent sculpture, the Hazel Terrace, the Water Terrace (flanked by two towers), the Semi-circular Terrace, the Rose Terrace with its six-level cascading fountain, the West Terrace and the largest terrace, the wooded  North Terrace (also known as the Arcade Terrace). The latter was made accessible to visitors only in 2010 after a renovation (partly financed by the provincial Environmental Protection and Water Management Fund ), during which its 19th-century appearance was restored. 

PALM HOUSE

- The Wałbrzych Palm House (Palmiarnia) is at Number 158, ul. Wrocławska, about two kilometres from Książ Castle itself. Please see the map with directions
-The Palm House may be visited only individually; guided tours are not available.

The Wałbrzych Palm House was a remarkable present from Książ Castle’s last owner, Hans Heinrich XV von Hochberg, to his wife, the beautiful Princess Daisy. The spirit of their age lives on in the glass and metal building that was and remains the heart of the Palm House site. The interior of the building is lined with hardened lava from the Etna volcano. Over 250 species of plants now grow in the Palm House; to visit it is to take a fascinating journey to all of the world’s continents and climate zones.

To read more about "Palm House", go to the Palm House  bookmark.

PLEASE NOTE: All tickets bought for visiting Książ Castle include admission to the Wałbrzych Palm House, with the exception of tickets for special events, such as the Książ By Night tour, festivals and concerts.

OTHER

A further attraction for visitors is the castle horse stalls, carriage house and covered riding hall, at the Książ Stallion Farm, 500 metres from the castle gates (the farm is not a part of the Książ Castle properties). The covered riding hall is one of the most beautiful of its type in Europe, constructed entirely from larch wood, without nails.

Tickets
and Prices

A ticket purchased through the online system may be presented as a paper ticket or electronically, displayed on a mobile device screen.
 


There is a reduced price on tickets without a guide purchased one hour before the ticket offices close on the day of the visit (this regulation does not apply to tickets for admission to special events).

Ticket prices

TOUR WITH A GUIDE (Polish language)

Route Normal Reduced5
“From the Piast Dynasty to the Secrets of World War II”
+ the Palm House 4
39,00 29,00

WITHOUT GUIDE

Route Normal Reduced5
the Castle
the Palm House 4
Terraces 3
34,00 24,00
the Castle
the Palm House 4
Terraces 3
Stable
39,00 29,00
Terraces 3
the Palm House 4
20,00 10,00
Surcharge for Guided Tour 5,00  

These prices are in effect as of 2nd January, 2017. The stated prices are prices including tax, in Polish złoties (PLN).

1 Guided tours in a foreign language (English, German, Russian) may be arranged only with prior notice at Customer Service or through the reservation system ONLINE: www.bilety.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl

2 Guided group tours of any of the two thematic routes, whether in Polish or a foreign language, are possible only where at least 15 tickets have been purchased and only with prior notice at Customer Service or through the reservation system ONLINE: www.bilety.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl. A  ticket purchased through the online system may be presented as a paper ticket or electronically, displayed on a mobile device screen.

3  The Castle Terraces are open from April to September. The Castle management board may extend this opening period into October, if favourable weather conditions warrant this extension. (To know if the Terraces will be open on a given day in October, please contact Customer Service at: +48 74 66 43 834/872).

4 Only non-guided Palm House visits are offered.

5 Reduced-price tickets are offered to children and other young people of school age, students under 26 years of age, and those enrolled in doctoral (PhD) studies; those employed by a museum; those supervising school and pre-school groups or other groups of children and young people (one supervisor per 10 members of such groups is admitted free of charge); handicapped persons and their accompanying caregivers; retired persons and others on a pension; and visitors over four and under sixteen years of age, or over 65 years of age. To receive a reduced-priced ticket, the visitor must produce a valid document confirming their eligibility for the reduction. Admission is free to tour group leaders and guides attending with their groups, and to children under four years of age.

TOUR WITH A GUIDE (Polish language)

Route Normal Reduced5
“From the Piast Dynasty to the Secrets of World War II”
+ The Palm House 4
39,00 29,00
"The Princess Daisy route" 2
+ Terraces 3
+ Park
+ the Palm House 4
49,00 34,00
"Baroque Książ" 2
+ the Palm House 4
34,00 24,00

TOUR WITH A GUIDE (foreign language)1

Route Normal Reduced5
“From the Piast Dynasty
to the Secrets
of World War II
+ the Palm House 4
49,00 39,00
"The Princess Daisy route" 2
+ Terraces 3
+ Park
+ the Palm House 4
59,00 49,00
"Baroque Książ" 2
+ the Palm House 4
39,00 34,00

These prices are in effect as of 2nd January, 2017. The stated prices are prices including tax, in Polish złoties (PLN).

1 Guided tours in a foreign language (English, German, Russian) may be arranged only with prior notice at Customer Service or through the reservation system ONLINE: www.bilety.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl

2 Guided group tours of any of the two thematic routes, whether in Polish or a foreign language, are possible only where at least 15 tickets have been purchased and only with prior notice at Customer Service or through the reservation system ONLINE: www.bilety.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl

3 The Castle Terraces are open from April to September. The Castle management board may extend this opening period into October, if favourable weather conditions warrant this extension. (To know if the Terraces will be open on a given day in October, please contact Customer Service at: +48 74 66 43 834/872).

4 Only non-guided Palm House visits are offered.
5 Reduced-price tickets are offered to children and other young people of school age, students under 26 years of age, and those enrolled in doctoral (PhD) studies; those employed by a museum; those supervising school and pre-school groups or other groups of children and young people (one supervisor per 10 members of such groups is admitted free of charge); handicapped persons and their accompanying caregivers; retired persons and others on a pension; and visitors over four and under sixteen years of age, or over 65 years of age. To receive a reduced-priced ticket, the visitor must produce a valid document confirming their eligibility for the reduction. Admission is free to tour group leaders and guides attending with their groups, and to children under four years of age.

 

Location Price
Terraces 1 150,00
the Palm House 2 150,00
  • The above prices apply only to non-commercial sessions, where the pictures are to be used for private purposes (for example, wedding pictures).
  • The purchase of permission for a non-commercial photography session provides for a maximum of four participants in the session.
  • The Castle does not provide dressing rooms or technical support.
  • Those who wish to arrange a commercial session are kindly asked to contact the Marketing Division for individual pricing.
  • Photographs which tourists take during a private visit to the castle or Palm House are not subject to a supplementary charge.

These prices are in effect as of 1st January, 2017. The stated prices are prices including tax, in Polish złoties (PLN).

1 The Castle Terraces are open from April to September. The Castle management board may extend this opening period into October, if favourable weather conditions warrant this extension. (To know if the Terraces will be open on a given day in October, please contact Customer Service at: +48 74 66 43 834/872).

2 Only non-guided Palm House visits are offered.

„Online Ticket Purchase”

By purchasing your tickets ONLINE you save 1 zł per ticket and avoid queues

„Palm House Ticket”

The cost of a ticket to visit the castle includes admission to the Palm House (about 2 km. from Książ Castle). The combined ticket may be purchased at the ticket office of either the castle or the Palm House, or ONLINE. We regret that guided tours are not offered to Palm House visitors.

„Ticket Validity”

Tickets for admission without guide services are valid for 12 months from their first date of use (this does not apply to special events, for which a separate ticket is required). A combined ticket (for the castle and the Palm House) may be used only once at each of the facilities.

„Keep your ticket!”

Please keep your ticket for admission to the castle and the Palm House, or for taking part in a photo session at the castle or the Palm House, so that you can show it at the other facility’s ticket office.

„Organized groups of under 15 persons”

WWhere a guided tour of the castle has been arranged for a group of fewer than 15 persons, the admission charge for a 15-person group will apply.

„Latest admission times for individual visitors joining guided groups”

The latest times that individuals may enter the castle to join a guided group are as follows:
from 1 April to 30 September at 4 p.m. weekdays and at 5 p.m. on weekends
from 1 October to 31 March at 2 p.m. on weekdays and at 3 p.m. on weekends

 

We honour the Polish Large Family Card, as well as the Wałbrzych 3+ Large Family Card. Both cards entitle bearers to purchase tickets for non-guided visits to the Castle for 5 zloties (tax included) per person, or the Palm House for 1 zloty (tax included)/person. Those who use this card must buy separate tickets for each facility. The card must be presented for the discounts to apply. The adult’s ticket price also includes admission at no further charge for children under five years of age, listed on the parent’s card.

 

Regulations
for visiting

REGULATIONS FOR VISITING  KSIĄŻ CASTLE AND THE PALM HOUSE, AS WELL AS TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS ORGANIZED BY THE NATIONAL MUSEUM IN WROCŁAW IN THE EXHIBITION ROOM OF KSIĄŻ CASTLE IN WAŁBRZYCH

The Książ Castle-Park complex, as well as the Palm House, are facilities registered in the Register of Monuments and protected by law.
The owner of the Complex is the City of Wałbrzych. A municipal company, Spółka Zamek Książ w Wałbrzychu (referred to in this English version as Książ Castle in Wałbrzych Ltd., or “the Company”) carries out operations on its premises. The complex is part of the Książ Landscape Park.
The owner of the Palm House is the City of Wałbrzych. Spółka Zamek Książ w Wałbrzychu (Książ Castle in Wałbrzych Ltd.) manages the facility.

Internal Directive Nr. 06/2017 of the President of the Management Board, Zamek Książ Company Ltd., dated 19 January, 2017, concerning the introduction of new Regulations for Visiting Książ Castle, as well as later Amendments

Important
Information

„Online Ticket Purchase”
By purchasing your tickets ONLINE you save 1 zł per ticket and avoid queues

„Palm House Ticket”
The cost of a ticket to visit the castle includes admission to the Palm House (about 2 km. from Książ Castle). The combined ticket may be purchased at the ticket office of either the castle or the Palm House, or ONLINE. We regret that guided tours are not offered to Palm House visitors.

„Ticket Validity”
Tickets for admission without guide services are valid for 12 months from their first date of use (this does not apply to special events, for which a separate ticket is required). A combined ticket (for the castle and the Palm House) may be used only once at each of the facilities.

„Keep your ticket!”
Please keep your ticket for admission to the castle and the Palm House, or for taking part in a photo session at the castle or the Palm House, so that you can show it at the other facility’s ticket office.

„Organized groups of under 15 persons”
Where a guided tour of the castle has been arranged for a group of fewer than 15 persons, the admission charge for a 15-person group will apply.

„Latest admission times for individual visitors joining guided groups”
The latest times that individuals may enter the castle to join a guided group are as follows:
from 1 April to 30 September at 4 p.m. weekdays and at 5 p.m. on weekends
from 1 October to 31 March at 2 p.m. on weekdays and at 3 p.m. on weekends

"Backpacks and large items"
Umbrellas, backpacks, child carriers and other large items (especially those carried on one’s back) must be kept in the cloak room. Visitors may enter the castle rooms with backpacks and child carriers that they can carry in front of them, and will so carry throughout the castle visit.

"Photography sessions"
Photography and filming, using personal equipment
is permitted, free of charge, to visitors to the castle and the Palm House, provided they observe the usual visitor regulations. Where photography at either facility takes place for commercial or promotional purposes, or as part of business or professional activity, the Marketing and Promotion Division should be contacted (74 66 43 827).

 

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