Flower and Art Festival

Fall in love with a Książ spring! The Flower and Art Festival is the richest and fullest event organized in our region during Poland’s early May holidays. The Castle will turn into a “World of Legends and Magic”, the theme of this year’s festival. Well-known floral artists will take as their inspiration the enchanted gardens of Beauty and the Beast, the mesmerizing setting of Frozen, the exotic world of Aladdin and even the charming flora of Avatar. The Baroque rooms will be resplendent with themes that express the nobility of Cinderella and Rapunzel. We have also planned a wealth of performances and other entertainment for children, lectures on history, floral workshops and the National Bonsai Exhibition with an exhibit of Japanese weapons.
Prepare for a true spring holiday, marked by fine compositions, garlands of flowers, magical inspiration, vibrant colours and a full programme of events.  
This year’s edition of the Flower and Art Festival takes us to the “World of Legends and Magic” – but only during the day. When night falls, the bravest visitors will also witness Książ transformed into the abode of Baba Yaga, the witch of Slavic folklore, as well as ghosts and other nocturnal apparitions. Prepare to be part of the dark and mysterious world that lurks in the most desolate corners of Książ – a world where the Castle’s ancient denizens live on, mingling with new arrivals.
 

Floral arrangements

 

In 2022, more rooms than ever – up to 30 -- will be graced by flowers. In the most beautiful of the Castle’s spaces, you will view floral decorations that go beyond the limits of your imagination. This year’s guiding theme, “World of Legends and Magic”,  will feature arrangements inspired by Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, Frozen, Avatar, Aladdin, and even the underwater domain of the Little Mermaid. On the third floor, you will find the Wonderland where Alice also ventured, including lush greenery decorated by huge mushrooms and the glowing vegetation of Avatar – a visual feast for the young, and young at heart.

Floral constructions, several metres high, will stand in the Honorary Courtyard, a stunning sight for this year’s visitors. We will only say now that there will be new shapes, original ideas and surprising floral arrangements.

Experienced and well-known florists will work day and night for a week to decorate the Castle rooms, guaranteeing our visitors the highest quality of presented floral compositions. Which arrangement will capture your heart? You’ll find out April 30 to May 3, 2022.

 

Attractions for families

The Flowers and Art Festival is not only floral arrangements, but also a lot of attractions for families with children! This year, over 20 animators will appear in Książ playing the characters from favorite fairy tales, such as Elsa and Olaf, Rapunzel, Donald, Daisy and Mickey Mouse and many others,. Every day of the Festival, we invite you to the spectacular "Fairy-Tale Characters Parade", which will start at 12:00 in the Castle Courtyard.

We also took care of the education of our youngest tourists, who will create their own flower arrangements under the supervision of the masters during the floristic workshops. Throughout the Festival, our animators will take care of creative games, competitions with prizes and interesting stories "Once upon a time in Książ", that is a handful of the history of our castle for the youngest.

Historical lectures

As every year, we have prepared a rich educational offer for history lovers. Each day of the festival, lectures by our Museum and Education Department will be held in the Castle. During the presentations, we will learn about the history of Princess Daisy's gardens and other green areas around the castle. We will learn how important a role in the life of the Hochberg family was played by the Palm House, which was the largest "flower bouquet" that John Henry XV gave his beloved wife. There will also be a theme of secrets and a golden train, as well as stories about castle... ghosts. The exact schedule of lectures can be found in the Festival program.

Over 50 exhibitors

Again this year, over 50 exhibitors will present their plants and related products, among them many gardeners, florists, artisans, jewellers and gourmets. Visitors will feast their eyes on a wide range of plants, flower bulbs, small trees, orchids, herbs, ceramics, regional products and artistic works such as paintings, jewellery, decorations, and minerals. There will be no lack of fine wines, as well as honey and other natural products … something for everyone!

Książ by Night - Baba Jaga

This year’s edition of the Flower and Art Festival takes us to the “World of Legends and Magic” – but only during the day. When night falls, the bravest visitors will also witness Książ transformed into the abode of Baba Yaga, the witch of Slavic folklore, as well as ghosts and other nocturnal apparitions. Prepare to be part of the dark and mysterious world that lurks in the most desolate corners of Książ – a world where the Castle’s ancient denizens live on, mingling with new arrivals.

Ticket
Prices and Opening Times

The area of the Flower and Art Festival includes Książ Castle, the castle approaches and the terraces. Festival tickets provide for admission to the castle and to planned events.

Opening times, 30 April to 3 May 2022

Ticket office opening hours  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.  
Festival opening hours  9 a.m. – 7 p.m.  

From 30 April to 3 May, 2022, entrance to the castle approaches will require a ticket.

Ticket Prices 

  Regular Reduced2
Admission tickets  (Polish złoty)
Festival ticket1
entrance from 9 am -7 pm
49,00 44,00
Festival ticket
entrance from 4 pm - 7 pm
44,00 44,00
Wałbrzych inhabitant's day6
2 May 2022 
35,00 35,00
Supplementary Tickets
Ticket for admission to the festival grounds is required
3
Underground Route  with guide 4
about 35 min
35,00 29,00
Separate ticket
Książ by Night tour 5
 Baba Jaga edition
67,00 -

Tickets may be purchased at  www.bilety.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl or ath the ticket office during the castle opening hours. A ticket purchased through the online system may be presented as a paper ticket or electronically, displayed on a mobile device screen.


1 This provides for a single entry, on the date for which the ticket was purchased, from 30 April to 3 May, 2022, for a non-guided visit to Książ Castle  as well as the Castle approaches, during the festival opening hours . Festival tickets provide for admission  to all attractions, exhibitions, lectures and workshops scheduled in the programme, except for admission to the tunnel and the mausoleum (to which admission is only with a guide, for a supplementary charge). These tickets do not provide for admission to the Wałbrzych Palm House. 

Please note that only a limited number of tickets are sold for each day.


2 Reduced-price tickets are available for children and school pupils, students up to the age of 24; the handicapped and those caring for them; retired people and other pensioners; those between the ages of 4 and 16 or over the age of 65. Reduced-price tickets will be provided only upon prior presentation of a valid document entitling the purchaser to a price reduction. Admission is free to children up to the age of four.

Please note: 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:
a) to children and other young people of school age, students under 26 years of age for 20 zloties (tax included) per person
b) children under 4  years of age - admission is free
c) to parents of children and adolescents indicated in point a) - according to the current price list.
Both cards entitle bearers to purchase tickets for non-guided visits to Palm House for 5 zloty (tax included)/person.

3 Ticket for admission to the festival grounds is required at the same day.


4  Underground Route runs along the terraces, in the direction of the main Castle building. The first half of the route ends where the construction works caved in, at the entrance to the elevator shaft which is now filled in. This shaft was to lead out to the Honorary Courtyard. The ticket is valid for a 35-minute guided visit to the Książ Castle underground area. Admission is valid only on the specific date, and at the specific time, shown on the ticket. A supplementary ticket is required to visit the Underground Route (a ticket for admission to the festival grounds, where the Undergound's entrance is located, is also required). More information about Underground tunnels find here 
PLEASE NOTE: During the Festival of Flowers and Art, one should allow 90 to 120 minutes to tour the Castle, depending on traffic (whether it is a peak time or a holiday). Please plan your visit to the Castle in such a way that you will be at the entrance to the underground at least five minutes before the tour starts (the starting time is on your ticket). The map of route leading to the underground is here )


The Książ by Night tour takes place only in Polish, after the festival opening hours. The Książ By Night tour is a special service, organized for adults, so there are no reduced prices. Tickets for the Książ By Night tour do not include admission to the Walbrzych Palm House. Książ by Night tour are separate tickets (a ticket for admission to the festival grounds, isn't required). Meeting point is in front of the ticket office building. Parking for participants of the Night Tour is located in the Main Parking lot in the park (the map is available here). 


6 On May 2, we invite all inhabitants of Wałbrzych to purchase a ticket at a cheaper price. The offer is valid only on 02.05 when purchasing festival tickets at ticket offices, and the use of the discount must be preceded by presenting a document confirming residence in Wałbrzych.

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FAQ
Gardens of Flovers in Książ

Dear visitors,

 Concerned that you enjoy a safe visit to Książ Castle during the XXXII Flower and Art Festival  in Książ, we present the following guidelines, in the form of answers to frequently asked questions.

- What will I see this year?

After two years, the XXXII Festival of Flowers and Art returns in its original formula (except for the exhibitors in the castle interiors). At your disposal will be the interior of the castle, courtyard, outer bailey and terraces as well as the so-called non-ticketed zone with a park. The description of the attractions can be found  here

- I want to see everything. What ticket to buy?

From 30 April to 3 May, 2022, to enter the complex (festival area), you must have a ticket addmision for the XXXII Festival of Flowers and Art. With this ticket, you can visit the interior of the castle, the courtyard and terraces. The purchased tickets entitle to one entry to the festival area and participation in all attractions, lectures and workshops.
 
Additionally, there are supplementary tickets:
- Visiting the Underground World War II. The underground is visited with a guide at a specific time. The date of visiting the underground can be found on the ticket. Please be at the entrance to the underground a few minutes earlier.

- Where and when may I purchase a ticket?

There are ticket office biliding in front of the gate building, where tickets may be purchased from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. We ask you to follow the instructions of security staff. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.bilety.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl. Those with tickets purchased online are still required to join the queue for ticket control.

 

- Is it possible to drive directly to the Castle building?

No. During the Festival, this is a restricted zone. The walk to the Castle from the car parks and the nearest bus stops takes from five to ten minutes.

- How is Festival traffic controlled on the roads leading to Książ?

Parking information will be available soon.

- May I enter the Festival area with a dog?

Only certified guide dogs, such as assistance dogs in harnesses  (detailed rules for bringing guide dogs are set down in the visitor regulations that are available here. Other dogs may not enter.

- I have a ticket to visit the underground of the castle, how do i get there?

Please note that the time required to walk through the castle during the Flower and Art Festival is from 90 to 120 minutes depending on traffic (rush hours, non-working days). Please plan your visit to the castle in such a way that you will arrive at the entrance to the underground about 5 minutes before the tour starts (the time is shown on the ticket). Below is a map of the way to the underground and the time of going through the castle. If your tour is to take place in a shorter time than the time needed to pass through the castle, we suggest taking advantage of the attractions in the outer bailey while waiting, going to the underground tour, and then entering the main Książa building. 

 

-Książ by Night tour - children / meeting place / parking?

Minors: Please be advised that the Książ by Night tour program is targeted at adults. Minors may participate in the service with the consent, supervision and responsibility of a legal guardian.
Meeting point: On festival days, the ticketed zone will be closed after 7:00 p.m. Night tour groups will enter the castle from 8:00 p.m., every 20 minutes. Please wait in front of the Ticket Building, from where all groups will be picked up by the guide and security after ticket control.
Parking: Parking for participants of the Night Tour is located in the park - the so-called P1 car park, approx. 900 m from the castle, walking time 10 minutes. Please take into account the time of walking from the car park to the castle and arrive at the meeting point in advance.
Contact: If you have additional questions, please contact us by e-mail at  nocne@ksiaz.walbrzych.pl

 

- We're coming with a child, in a pram. May we enter the Castle with the pram?

Yes, but you will need to leave it at the left-luggage point, which you will find immediately upon entering the Castle building. There are many storeys in the Castle, and so you will need to hold the child in your arms for over an hour. Front child carriers are allowed. There are, of course, places (on the terraces, and directly in front of the Castle) where you may sit and rest. The child may be strapped or unstrapped at the changing table near the porter’s lodge, on the main floor of the Castle. There is access to toilets, marked by arrows on each floor; security staff are also there to help with any question.

 

- As a handicapped person, how may I get to the Festival site?

We wish to point out, however, that you may encounter some particular difficulties while visiting the Castle during the Festival. These may include limited access to elevators and a higher-than-usual number of visitors moving about the Castle corridors at the same time as you.

Please call the following numbers at any time: +48 74 66 43 834 or +48 74 66 43 872. We will provide assistance. 

 

- I am in a wheelchair, how can I visit the castle?

We will provide assistance. We wish to point out, however, that you may encounter some particular difficulties while visiting the Castle during the Festival. These may include limited access to elevators and a higher-than-usual number of visitors moving about the Castle corridors at the same time as you. 

 

- As a cyclist, may I travel right to the Castle building?

No. During the Festival period, all traffic is prohibited in the area in front of the Castle. Bicycles must be walked. Ask at the information point, by the sales booths, about where bicycle racks are located.

- Having left the tickets-only area, may I return to do shopping, or enjoy a cup of coffee?

No. We ask to you plan carefully, and have coffee or shop before you leave the tickets-only area.

- May we enter the Castle, or the area in front of the Castle, after the Festival opening hours?

No, unless you are exhibitors, the Castle hotel guest oraz Książ by Night tour participants. 

 

- May I smoke?

Smoking is prohibited throughout the Castle area. Security staff will escort anyone smoking from the Festival grounds. Further, smoke may lead to the compulsory evacuation of the entire facility, in which case the person responsible will be liable for the related costs.

 

- How may I return a Festival ticket?

We ask you to contact us at zwiedzanie@ksiaz.walbrzych.pl. We consider each situation individually (please describe the situation that has led you to ask for a refund), and on the basis of a written request, and so it is not possible for you to receive a refund on demand. At the time, we would point out that we are under no obligation to accept the return of tickets purchased for a designated day or period (this is consistent with Article 38, point 12 of the Law on Consumer Rights), and so we urge you to think over your visit carefully before making your purchase.

 

- Where can I use the toilet?

In the castle, free toilets are located on each floor and they are marked along the visiting route. You can also ask security staff how to get to the nearest toilet. Each restaurant in the complex also has a toilet for clients. In the non-ticketed, gastronomic zone, we have provided you with portable toi-toi toilets - they are payable (PLN 2) and kept clean on an ongoing basis for your comfort. There is also a paid container toilet (PLN 2) in the Coach Parking (Parking P1), which can be used while waiting for the return bus. Free toi-toi toilets are also located in the Stada Ogierów Książ parking lot.

- Is there a cloakroom in the Castle area?

You may leave your coat free of charge by the main entrance to the Castle. During the Festival period, the Castle visitor route leads through the Castle to the terraces, from which it is necessary to return to the building to recover your effects.

 

- May I enter the Festival grounds with a large tourist bag or bike pack?

Yes, as long as it does not present a risk to other visitors or to the facility’s exhibitions. The security staff determines this. They may request you to leave your bag or backpack at the left-luggage point. We ask you to keep small tourist backpacks in front of you (do not wait to be asked). This will make the security staff’s work easier, and help make other guests’ visit more pleasant.