Festival of
Secrets

The Lower Silesia Festival of Secrets at Książ Castle 

August 10-11, 2019

 

Welcome to Poland’s largest gathering of treasure hunters, history lovers and others who enjoy probing the secrets of the past. The Lower Silesia Festival of Secrets – already the seventh edition – promises to be a true voyage in time and space, reconstructing daily life in past ages. Take in the “Battle of the Ages”, presenting a variety of historic military formations. Fall in love with the Renaissance as you view “Leonardo da Vinci’s Machines”, a unique exhibition of several dozen of his inventions, presented in the Castle’s largest complex of rooms. Thrill to the “Crime and Medicine” exhibition, presenting a collection of anatomical preparations, weapons and tools of evil deeds. As in past years, there will be something for everyone with a taste for adventure: a wealth of pageants and displays, field games, special attractions for families with children, and  opportunities to travel to a historical visual world. Above all, you can take part in serious and searching discussions of various historical issues, following lectures that touch on particularly interesting and unexplained past events.

Ticket
prices and opening hours

Please be informed that the Lower Silesia Festival of Mystery will take place on 10 and 11 August, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday) in Książ Castle, including the bailey area in front of the castle along with its courtyard and terraces. In consequence, on these dates the castle ticket office will be situated in the front of the castle gate building, and entrance to the castle grounds will require an admission ticket.

Opening times, 10 to 11 August 2019
Ticket office opening hours  9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Festival opening hours  9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
  Regular (PLN) Reduced (PLN) 2
festival ticket 1
(Up to 09 August 2019)
32 27
festival ticket 1
(10-11 August 2019)
35 30
Supplementary Tickets (Ticket for admission to the festival grounds is required)
New Underground Route 3 45 min 29 24
Tunnel 4 15 min 15 15
Separate Tickets (Ticket for admission to the festival grounds is not required)
Mauzoleum 5 5 5
Bolko's feast 6 180 / 1 pax 330 / 2 pax
Książ Castle by night - "Horror renaissance" 7 58 -

The castle online purchase system may be found at: bilety.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl (please go to the Festival of Mystery 2019) and in ticket office located in front of the castle gate building.

Dotyczy jednorazowego wstępu, w terminie 10.08 albo 11.08.2019 r., na zwiedzanie indywidualne (bez przewodnika) Zamku Książ oraz Przedzamcza, dodatkowo bilety festiwalowe uprawniają do uczestnictwa we wszystkich atrakcjach, wykładach, warsztatach, inscenizacjach oraz pozostałych wystawach przewidzianych w programie w wybranym dniu, za wyjątkiem zwiedzania Podziemi (zwiedzanie wyłącznie z przewodnikiem za dopłatą), Tunelu z II wś (zwiedzanie wyłącznie z przewodnikiem, za dopłatą), Mauzoleum (zwiedzanie wyłącznie bez przewodnika, za dopłatą), Uczty Bolka (obowiązuje bilet oddzielny, bilet festiwalowy nie jest wymagany) oraz Nocnego Zwiedzania ed. spec. "Renesans horroru" (obowiązuje bilet oddzielny, bilet festiwalowy nie jest wymagany). Bilety festiwalowe nie zawierają wstępu do Palmiarni Wałbrzych.


Bilety ulgowe przysługują dzieciom i młodzieży szkolnej, studentom do 26 roku życia; osobom niepełnosprawnym i ich opiekunom oraz emerytom i rencistom; osobom w wieku od 4 do 16 lat oraz powyżej 65 roku życia. Wydanie biletu ulgowego jest uzależnione od uprzedniego okazania ważnego dokumentu uprawniającego do ulgi. Dzieci do lat 4 - wstęp wolny.


Nowa Podziemna Trasa to półkilometrowy odcinek na głębokości 50 metrów głębokości pod dziedzińcem. Podczas przejścia odwiedzający zobaczą potężną wybetonowaną halę, korytarze wykute w surowej skale oraz poboczne komory bunkra. Zwiedzanie trwa 45 minut i odbywa się wyłącznie z przewodnikiem o określonej godzinie w wybranym dniu (widniejącej na bilecie). Na zwiedzanie podziemi obowiązuje bilet dodatkowy (wejście do podziemi znajduje się na terenie festiwalu, dlatego wymagany jest również bilet festiwalowy ważny w tym samym dniu). Więcej informacji znajduje się tutaj.


Tunel z okresu II Wojny Światowej został wykuty na głębokości 15 m pod zamkiem. Dla zwiedzających udostępniono część tego podziemnego tunelu o długości 96 m, szerokości 1,5 m oraz wysokości 2,5 m, na krańcu którego znajduje się niedokończona klatka schodowa. Na zwiedzanie tunelu obowiązuje bilet dodatkowy (wymagany jest również bilet wstępu na teren festiwalu, ważny w tym samym dniu), zwiedzanie odbywa się wyłącznie z przewodnikiem (ok. 15 minut). Wejścia do tunelu są organizowane na bieżąco na tarasach zamkowych.


Zwiedzanie Mauzoleum odbywa się wyłącznie bez przewodnika, czas. ok. 20 minut. Wejście do Mauzoleum znajduje się w parku (poza terenem festiwalu, należy kierować się oznaczeniami), dlatego na zwiedzanie obowiązuje oddzielny bilet (bilet festiwalowy nie jest wymagany). Bilet można zakupić poprzez system online lub bezpośrednio przed Mauzoleum. Wejścia tworzone są na bieżąco przed mauzoleum. Więcej o Mauzoleum tutaj.


Uczta Bolka to wydarzenie specjalne organizowane w ramach festiwalu - na ucztę obowiązuje bilet oddzielny (bilet festiwalowy nie jest wymagany), wydarzenie odbędzie w dniu 10 sierpnia o godz. 19:00 (po godzinach trwania festiwalu). Czas. ok. 120 minut. Szczegółowy opis kolacji znajduje się tutaj.


Nocne Zwiedzanie - "Renesans horroru" to wydarzenie specjalne organizowane w ramach festiwalu - na zwiedzanie obowiązuje bilet oddzielny (bilet festiwalowy nie jest wymagany), zwiedzanie odbywać się będzie tylko w dniu 10 sierpnia. Pierwsza grupa zwiedzania wejdzie do zamku w dniu o godz. 21:00 (po godzinach trwania festiwalu). Czas. ok. 90 minut. Szczegółowy opis zwiedzania znajduje się tutaj.

Program

Prepare for the next Festival of Secrets! Over 16,000 visitors will view museum exhibits from all over Poland and hear archaeologists and accomplished travellers – all in one of Poland’s largest and most enigmatic castles. What does the Festival’s 7th edition hold in store for us?

LEONARDO DA VINCI’S MACHINES

Festival tickets provide access to the following attractions -- in the Ballroom Complex, inside the Castle:

LEONARDO DA VINCI’S MACHINES: the year 2019, 500 years after Leonardo da Vinci’s death, has been proclaimed as a year of celebration of the life and times of one of the Renaissance’s greatest figures. Discover da Vinci’s secret sketches and amazing machines, ahead of their time. The helicopter, automobile, ball bearing, parachute and tank were only some of his numerous creations. Several dozen of the master’s remarkable inventions have been brought to the largest of the Castle’s spaces during this year’s Festival of Secrets.

CRIME AND MEDICINE

-Festival tickets provide access to the following attraction
- in the Imperial Rooms (Sale Cesarskie), inside the Castle:  

CRIME AND MEDICINE – for the first time ever, the Department of Forensic Medicine at Wroclaw’s Medical University presents its extensive collection of anatomical preparations, weapons and tools of evil deeds. Here you’ll take in unique exhibition items, linked to stories of blood-curdling crimes. Agata Thannhauser and Dr. Łukasz Szleszkowski, both on the Forensic Medicine staff, will tell these tales as they guide you through the exhibit.

Visitor groups will be assembled continuously outside the Imperial Rooms on the first floor. The visit takes about 35 minutes. The number of places in each group is limited.

Admission to the exhibition is for adults only.

HISTORY OF LIGHT - EXHIBITION

- Festival tickets provide access to the following attraction
- in the Hans Heinrich Rooms, third floor, inside the Castle:

HISTORY OF LIGHT- An exhibition of marine oil lamps and other devices for illumination, from the collection of Janusz Chmielniak – taking us back to the days when the oil lamp’s shimmer penetrated the darkness of the seas. The owner, author of Ewolucja światła (The Evolution of Light), using a projector  that has not been in use for a hundred years, will display – from glass plates -- the history of light.

„BATTLE OF THE AGES” -

- Festival tickets provide access to the following attraction
- in the Hans Heinrich Rooms, third floor, inside the Castle:

„BATTLE OF THE AGES”  -- Soldiers from ten historical periods will gather in one time and place for a life-and-death struggle never seen before! This historical spectacle will show not only how weapons and battle tactics have changed over the course of some two thousand years, but also how the development of military technology has influenced the fate of civilization. The battles will unfold dramatically against a background of a fountain spewing fire into the sky. Between each show, armies from different periods of history will be presented. Representatives of each will talk about the unique qualities of the formations they are depicting, explaining fully what accounts for their place in the history of the world’s armed forces.

 

10.08 (Saturday) 11.08 (Sunday)
10:30 a.m. Presentation of re-enactment groups 10:30 a.m. Presentation of re-enactment groups
11:30 a.m. Vikings versus Samurai – What would have happened if Harald Hardrada’s dragon-shaped longships  had reached the shores of Japan and encountered the famous Japanese warriors?  11:30 a.m. Vikings versus Knights – The Norse king stands at the head of Crusaders bound for the Holy Land. On the way, fighting also breaks out with European knights
12:30  Musketeers and Tercio versus the Polish Szlachta (lower nobility) – Town guards and Spanish mercenaries put an end to the plunder of the countryside by the Lisowczycy, a Polish light cavalry group. 

12:30 – 1.30 p.m.  Tournament of the Ages (the day’s highlight) Representatives of various historical periods will present themselves for battle. Who will claim victory?

1.30 – 3.30 p.m.   Tournament of the Ages (the day’s highlight)  – Soldiers from various formations, characteristic of ten historical periods, will confront one another in one time and place – a battle to the death!   2 p.m. Slavs versus Romans – Roman legions vanquished almost all of Europe – until, one day, Slavic warriors stood in their way.
4 p.m. Vikings against Slavs – Blood will flow – lots of it. Courage against bravura!  3 p.m. Vikings against Slavs – both groups are unrivalled in battle – except by each other. Today, they will be evenly matched!

5 p.m. Germans against the world: A  lost patrol from World War II finds its way into a time machine. They emerge to face warriors whom they could only have learned about in history classes. Are their modern machine guns enough to defeat knights defending the faith and honour of their betrothed?  

4 p.m.  Samurai against the Landsknechte. Trained for battle, the Samurai were an almost perfect killing machine. Still, it was Europe that had conquered the world – and her regular troop formations were well able to defend themselves.

5.30 p.m.  Extravaganza – the war of all versus all! Ten  historical periods are represented in a life-and-death battle, the like of which has never been seen.

5 p.m. The war of all against all – ten military formations from ten historical periods meet for a life-and-death battle in the Castle courtyard.

 

FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

There’s no end of interesting activities at the Festival of Secrets. Aware of the energy of our youngest visitors, we have prepared a variety of events especially for them:
 August 10 and 11, for families with children:

Prince Heinrich’s Castle –  at Książ, children experience the royal touch. Here is where every valiant knight can learn military crafts. Squires from Prince Heinrich’s court will take them to be specially trained in painting shields, sword fighting

and games from the Middle Ages.
All-day attractions. Place: in front of the Castle (the area near the courtyard)

Reach for the star– those with families may take children to a different world in a special zone in the Castle hall. Magic will be brought to life as they hear extraordinary stories, and have their own fortunes told. Take your youngest companions to a true journey to the stars!
All-day activities in the Children’s Rooms, third floor (the Castle interior:

Discover the secrets of the Karkonosze Mountainsactive workshops for children, in a specially arranged space on the Castle’s third floor.
All-day activities in the Children’s Rooms, third floor (the Castle interior):

Field Game: "Secrets of Princess Daisy’s garden”whoever enters the Castle gardens will always leave a small piece of their heart behind. Their charm, arrangements and wealth of conceptions are fascinating to everyone. This is also an exceptional area for games. The Lower Silesia provincial government invites active families with children to a true escapade in nature, full of mysteries to solve and hidden treasures.
The fun takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Terrace of the Goddess Flora (yellow tent, marked UMWD).

MS Piłsudski – a virtual cruise

Festival tickets provide for admission to the following event in the Hans Heinrich Rooms (Castle interior):

 “MS Piłsudski – a hidden history” – a virtual cruise on Poland’s most splendid trans-Atlantic liner! The Lower Silesia Festival of Secrets, in co-operation with the “Koncept Kultura” (Culture Concept) Foundation, invites visitors on a virtual voyage on board the most magnificent trans-Atlantic liner in the Polish fleet, the MS Pilsudski. Virtual-reality technology will take viewers on an unforgettable voyage across the Atlantic, all the while immersed in the rarefied world of its elegant interior, hearing stories about the ship which was the pride of the interwar Polish Republic. Visitors will stand face to face with the leading figures of the Poland of those days: Józef Piłsudski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski..

                MS Piłsudski was the pride of Poland, the reborn Republic’s ambassador on the world’s seas and oceans. Unfortunately, like the legendary Titanic, it sank tragically at the height of its fame, after hitting a German mine. The wreck rests today at the bottom of the North Sea, not far from Flamborough Head.

         This remarkable display begins at the bottom of the North Sea, where participants take part in a mission to carry out research on the wreck of the Pilsudski. There, taken back in time to a world generated by 3D virtual reality, they will bear witness to events from Polish history: the loss of its independence in the late 1700s, the regaining of independence in 1918, and finally the experience of a trans-Atlantic voyage on Poland’s most beautiful liner and the pride of the Second Polish Republic, the motorized ship Pilsudski.

Important information:

- A maximum of ten persons may take part at a time in this experience, on a rotary basis: when one participant has finished, the next in line will take this person’s place;

- the virtual voyage takes about 15 minutes

Castle visits with guide

- Admission, only for those who hold Festival tickets, requires payment of a supplementary charge (5 zl./person). Groups gather at the main entrance to the Castle building.

Castle visits – especially for our visitors who wish a guided tour of the Castle, we have prepared a special visitor route, presenting the most beautiful Baroque rooms and the oldest Renaissance-era section of the Castle, still marked by traces of Second-World-War rebuilding activity. Guides will be dressed in unusual period costumes.
Visiting time: 40 minutes.
The tour, only for those who already have Festival tickets, requires a supplementary payment (5 zl./person). This may be purchased through the online system (address: www.bilety.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl; go to Wybierz wydarzenie [“Choose event”] and select “Guided Tour: English Language”), or at the ticket office during the Castle’s opening times. Select the date and time of the visit when purchasing the supplement. Please note that the number of places in each group is limited.

 

Program
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Directions
and parking

Are you planning to come to the 7th Lower Silesian Festival of Secrets and wondering how to reach us or where to park? Information, both for those who use public means of transport and for those who prefer to come in their own vehicle can be found [here]. We would also like to inform that due to the stands located in the outer bailey, the car park located directly in front of the Gate Building is closed.
 

Książ Castle address:
ul. Piastów Śląskich 1
58-306 Wałbrzych