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Ticket Office Opening Hours, CASTLE

Season / day of the week Castle  Ticket Offices Opening Hours
HIGH SEASON
(April - October)
Mon-Fri  9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Sat-Sun  9 a.m.-5 p.m. 
LOW SEASON
(November - March)
Mon-Fri  10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Sat-Sun  10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

 

Opening Hours, CASTLE

Season / day of the week Castle  Ticket Offices Opening Hours
HIGH SEASON
(April - October)
Mon-Fri  9 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Sat-Sun  9 a.m.-6 p.m. 
LOW SEASON
(November - March)
Mon-Fri  10 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Sat-Sun  10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

 

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

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.

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.

Tickets and Prices

Castle tour (fewer than 15 persons)

Route Normal Reduced5
the Castle with audio guide set1
the Palm House 2
39,00 32,00
the Castle with Polish guide (only 11 am and 2pm)3
the Palm House 2
39,00 32,00
the Castle with audio guide set1
Underground with audio guide set (45 min.) 4
the Palm House 2
59,00 51,00

Explore Wałbrzych 9

the Castle1, the Palm House 2, Former Mine7, Porcelain Museum8

63,00 45,00

All Day Ticket

the Castle1, Underground with audio guide set, the Palm House 2, , Mausoleum

79,00 72,00
Książ by Night Tour with Polish guide9 55,00 -

Other complex attractions

Attraction Normal Reduced
Underground with audio guide set 39,00 34,00
the Mausoleum 7,00 5,00
the Terraces
the Palm House 2
25,00 15,00
the Palm House 2 12,00 8,00
the Gardens of Light 20,00 15,00

These prices are in effect as of 1st October, 2020. The stated prices are prices including tax, in Polish złoties (PLN).

The ticket is valid for a single admission to the Castle with audio guide set, on the date for which the ticket was purchased, during the Castle’s opening hours.

2 Visiting the Palm House is possible only without a guide. This ticket includes one visit to the Palm House, within 12 months from the date of purchase, during the facility’s opening hours.The Wałbrzych Palm House (Palmiarnia) is at Number 158, ul. Wrocławska, about two kilometres from Książ Castle itself.

3 The ticket is valid for a tour with a Polish guide regularly beginning daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (as long as there are free places in these groups). 

4 The ticket is valid for a 45-minute guided visit to the Książ Castle underground area - te price include audio guide set. Admission is valid only on the specific date, and at the specific time, shown on the ticket. The ticket does not include admission to the Palm House. All information about the Underground you can find here  
Reduced-price tickets are offered to children and other young people of school age, students under 24 years of age; 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.
6 Visiting the Książ Stallion Stud Farm stags under the ticket takes place without a guide during the opening hours of the stud and in accordance with the rules contained on the official website www.stadoksiaz.pl. Each object can be visited once within twelve months from the date of purchase of the ticket.
7 The Former Mine is located at Piotra Wysockiego 29 street (distance from the Castle: about 10 km) and may be visited only with a guide (in accordance with the regulations posted on the Former Mine web page, www.starakopalnia.pl). An admission ticket to the Castle is valid on the day of purchase. Other sites may be visited twelve months from the ticket purchase date.
8 The Porcelain Museum in Wałbrzych is located at 1 Maja 9 Street (distance from the Castle: about 10 km) and may be visited only without a guide (in accordance with the regulations posted on it's web page, www.muzeum.walbrzych.pl/ )
9  All information about Explore Wałbrzych ticket (the distance between attractions, their description) you can finhere.
10 All information about  All Day Ticketthe distance between attractions, their description) you can find tutaj

11 More info about Książ by Night tour at:  https://www.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl/en/turystyka/zwiedzanie/nocne#
12 Visiting the Hochberg Mausoleum is possible only without a guide. This ticket includes one visit to the Hochberg Mausoleum, within 12 months from the date of purchase, during the facility’s opening hours.The Mausoleum is about 900 m from Książ Castle itself.
13 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).
14 The Gardens of Light are open from November to March.  All information about the Gardens of Light, and the shows you can find here 

Group visits (over 15 tickets)

Due to an epidemic status in Poland only one route applies.

TOUR WITH A GUIDE (Polish language)

Trasa Normalny Ulgowy5
the Castle with guide - 45 min tour2 + tour without the guide
the Palm House 4
39,00 31,00

TOUR WITH A GUIDE (foreign language)1

Trasa Normalny Ulgowy5
the Castle with guide - 45 min tour2 + tour without the guide
the Palm House 4
49,00 41,00

These prices are in effect as of 1st July, 2020. The stated prices are prices including tax, in Polish złoties (PLN).

1 Guided tours in a foreign language (English, German, Russian, Italian) may be arranged only with prior notice at Customer Service

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

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).

Visiting the Palm House is possible only without a guide. This ticket includes one visit to the Palm House, within 12 months from the date of purchase, during the facility’s opening hours.The Wałbrzych Palm House (Palmiarnia) is at Number 158, ul. Wrocławska, about two kilometres from Książ Castle itself.

5 Reduced-price tickets are offered to children and other young people of school age, students under 24 years of age; 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 1 250.00
the Palm House 2 250.00
  • 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 time 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.

 

 

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 5  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.

PLEASE NOTE! Those who use this card must buy separate tickets for each facility. The card must be presented for the discounts to apply.

 

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) 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).

Please also see IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

 

 

Guided tour “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. 

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

UNDERGROUND TOURIST ROUTE (45-MINUTE)

Guided tours for groups of individual visitors and organized groups (over 15 tickets). For foreign tourist there is an Audio guide set available in English, German. The supplementary payment may be made at the Castle ticket office.
The  one-and-a-half kilometre underground route will intrigue visitors with its variety of geological and historical curiosities. As they make their way, visitors will discover halls powerfully reinforced with concrete, corridors cut out of the rock face, and the bunker rooms laid out beside them.

The route runs along the terraces (by the area where the alleged underground railway station has been sought), 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. Visitors will learn about the secrets of the area under Ksiaz Castle, theories about the purpose of the construction, and the tragic fate of the prisoners whose hands hollowed out these tunnels.

The Książ Castle underground area was fortified by durable Portland cement. According to the notes of Adolf Hitler’s favourite architect, Albert Speer, as well as other available documents, it is possible that the tunnels were even twice as extensive as those which are already known about – that is,  3,200 square metres, according to measurements of the concrete brought to the Castle.

Visiting time: approximately 45 minutes
Visitors are kindly requested to be at the gathering point (the entrance to the underground area) 15 minutes before the planned tour time. About 15 minutes are required to move from the Gate Building to the underground area. Check map here.

See the Photo Gallery here.

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.

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. 

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.

Contact
Customer Service

CUSTOMER SERVICE
(INFORMATION/ARRANGING GROUP TOURS)

Open:
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. all year;

+48 74 66 43 834
info@ksiaz.walbrzych.pl
zwiedzanie@ksiaz.walbrzych.pl

 

 

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 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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