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Wroclaw: Lower Silesia, Ksiaz Castle & Church of Peace Tour

1. Wroclaw: Lower Silesia, Ksiaz Castle & Church of Peace Tour

Książ is the third largest castle in Poland, located on a majestic rock cliff by the side of the Pelcznica River. Beautifully surrounded by the forest at the height of 395 meters above sea level, the castle is often called ‘the Pearl of Lower Silesia’. Such a location corresponding to the size of the building is rare in Europe. In 1943, Hitler’s paramilitary organization had stormed into the castle and began to construct one of the most important quarters for Adolf Hitler. The Church of Peace in Świdnica is the largest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe, built in the former Silesia in the mid-17th Century amid the religious strife that followed the Peace of Westphalia. Constrained by the physical and political conditions, the Churches of Peace bear testimony to the quest for religious freedom and are a rare expression of Lutheran ideology in an idiom generally associated with the Catholic Church. Built outside the city walls, made of wood or clay and built in less than a year, now placed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Świdnica's Market Square - very charming place that is a must-visit. Renovated, colorful townhouses with Gothic relics, beautiful fountains, including a well with Neptune from 1732, and impressive lighting awarded in competitions make quite an impression. The Wałbrzych Palm House arose from the initiative of the last representative of the Hochberg dynasty in Książ Castle, Hans Heinrich XV. The Prince had it built for his spouse, Mary Theresa Cornwallis-West. It is the only such facility in Poland that has been preserved in its original construction.

From Wroclaw: Ksiaz Castle and Church of Peace in Swidnica

2. From Wroclaw: Ksiaz Castle and Church of Peace in Swidnica

Enjoy a half-day tour to one of the most beautiful places in Lower Silesia. First, explore Ksiaz Castle. This is the third largest castle in Poland with more than 400 rooms. For more than 400 years it belonged to one family, the Hochbergs, one of the richest and most famous families in Europe.  After you have explored the castle and grounds, your driver will take you back to Church of Peace in Swidnica, a journey that takes around 20 minutes. Thousands of tourists have visited the church, which is unlike anything you've seen before. With a unique history and aesthetic, it's a must-see for everybody who visits Wroclaw! After your day of exploring, enjoy the convenience of a private transfer in a comfortable, modern vehicle. 

Jewels of Lower Silesia Full-Day Tour from Wroclaw

3. Jewels of Lower Silesia Full-Day Tour from Wroclaw

Begin this full-day tour of the Lower Silesia with a visit to the magnificent Ksiaz Castle, undoubtedly one of the greatest monuments in the region. The 3rd largest castle in Poland, it is also known as “The Pearl of Lower Silesia,” and is nestled in the picturesque valley of the River Pelcznica. The castle boasts many different architectural styles. Its chambers once hosted distinguished guests, such as John Quincy Adams (one of the U.S.'s first presidents), Winston Churchill, and the emperors of both Germany and Russia. Visit the representative part, find out the history of the rise and fall of the family, hear about the incredible fortune, high society scandals, tragedies, and why the castle still holds some mysteries.  The final site on your tour is the marvelous Church of Peace in Swidnica, rightly earning its place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. A magnificent masterpiece of sacred art, it was originally built by the Protestants out of wood, straw and clay in the 17th century. Swidnica is also the birthplace of World War I air force legend Manfred von Richthofen, also known as the “Red Baron.” You will have the opportunity to see his modest house.

Wrocław: Full-Day UNESCO Church of Peace Tour

4. Wrocław: Full-Day UNESCO Church of Peace Tour

Meet your guide in Wrocław and being your full-day tour. Drive along a scenic route from Wrocław to the city of Sobotka, one of the more unique and mysterious places in Poland. The city is located at the foot of Mount Sleza, a ridge emerges from the monotonous Silesian lowlands to a height of 718 meters, dominating the landscape of the province. Explore the market square, then listen to the fascinating history of the different tribes that have lived in the area since the Bronze Age. Admire ancient stone sculptures that were religious symbols. Make a brief stop at the archeological site of Bedkowice to see what early Slavic settlements looked liked. Continue to the village of Krzyzowa, home to the Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe. Once there, find out about the Polish-German Reconciliation Mass, celebrated on the November 12, 1989. Afterwards, travel to Swidnica to admire the enchanting city with its impressive cathedral and picturesque market square. Enjoy free time for lunch or to explore on your own. Finally, pay a visit to the marvelous Church of Peace, the largest wooden church in Europe. After this, relax on the ride back to Wrocław.

From Wroclaw: Peace Churches in Swidnica and Jawor

5. From Wroclaw: Peace Churches in Swidnica and Jawor

You will be collected from the lobby of your hotel in Wroclaw. Your personal driver will be waiting to meet you before you set off to see the beautiful Church of Peace in Świdnica, the largest timber-framed building in Europe. A peaceful drive just over an hour long, enjoy the picturesque drive to Świdnica.  After you've explored the Church of Peace and adjoining grounds, your driver will take you to the second Church of Peace, which is located 40 km to the north in the town Jawor. It is a very unique Church. After visiting Jawor Church, your driver will take you back to your accommodation. Enjoy the convenience of a private transfer in a comfortable, modern vehicle after a day of exploring.

Day Trip to Rock City in Adrspach and Church of Peace

6. Day Trip to Rock City in Adrspach and Church of Peace

This tour includes the most breathtaking attractions available from Wrocław. Our driver will meet you at the hotel and after 2h drive you will enter totaly different world with thousands of towers and breathtaking views. The bigest rock is over 81 meters high and the narrowest passage is 0,5m. It is one of the lergest and wildest rock labirynth in Europe! The tourist route through the rock town forms a loop and is marked in green. You need to reserve at least 2 hours to complete the entire route. On the tour you will be able to see extraordinary lake with crystal clear water, beautiful gothis gate and many other amasing places. After that your driver will take you to the Church of Peace in Swidnica where you will stay around 30 minutes. Many people say that all churches are the same and they want to skip thisone. But Church of Peace is different and therefore was added to UNESCO World Heritage List. I promise, you have never seen church like that before. Church is located half way between Wroclaw and Adrsprach. Driver will need around 1h to take you back to Wrocław.

From Wrocław: Świdnica Church of Peace Private Tour

7. From Wrocław: Świdnica Church of Peace Private Tour

Start your tour from the lobby of your accommodation in Wroclaw. Here, your personal driver will be waiting to meet and greet you. Next, set out for the Church of Peace in Świdnica, the largest timber-framed building in Europe. Enjoy up to 1 hour of free time to explore the church at your own pace. After you have explored the Church of Peace and the accompanying grounds your driver will take you back to your accommodation. Enjoy the convenience of a private transfer in a comfortable, modern vehicle after a day of exploring. 

Wroclaw To Church of Peace and Project Riese Tour

8. Wroclaw To Church of Peace and Project Riese Tour

Your driver will meet you at the hotel and first take you to Project Riese which is a 1.5-hour drive from Wroclaw. Once you arrive at the Project Riese site, you can head off to explore this fascinating place. Project Riese was the codename for an impressive construction project initiated by Nazi Germany between 1943 and 1945, consisting of seven underground structures located in the Owl Mountains and Książ Castle. Explore this extraordinary network of underground caverns, all in different states of completion, and learn about the history of the site.  You can stay here for lunch or drive to the next place the Church of Peace which is still an active protestant parish. It is the largest timber-framed building in Europe that attracts thousands of tourists. Those who visited the church say that they have never seen anything like that before. The church has a unique history which makes it a must see place to everybody who comes to Wroclaw!

From Wroclaw: Polish Pottery and Jawor Church of Peace Tour

9. From Wroclaw: Polish Pottery and Jawor Church of Peace Tour

The first recorded history about pottery activities in the Bolesławiec region date back to the end of the 14th century. Since then, the region became know as a very important area of pottery production. Visit one of the best local manufacturers observing the skilled workers at the different stages of production. Especially spectacular is the decoration, all of which is done by hand with special stamps with the emblematic pattern called peacock's eye. Afterwards, there is some time for shopping before heading to the next stop, a local restaurant for lunch. On the way back you will have a chance to see one of the biggest wooden churches in Europe. The outstanding Church of Peace in Jawor was built during the socio-political context of the 17th century during the religious wars and persecution of the Protestants. It was constructed under very strict regulations and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Książ Castle and Church of Peace in Świdnica

10. Książ Castle and Church of Peace in Świdnica

You will meet your driver at the meeting point and then after 1,5h drive you will see the 3rd largest castle in Poland. The oldest part was built in XIII century and then it has been rebuilt number of times. The last big reconstruction took place in WW2 when some of its rooms have been prepared to be Hitler's private appartments. Until begining of WW2 castle belonged to one of the richest family in Europe von Hochberg. Majority of the castle tour is related to the history of Hochberg's and duchess Daisy - one of the most beautifull and famous women of her times in Europe. In the castle you will use very practical audioguides which are in English or German. Between may and October visitors can see amasing gardens and tarraces located around the castle. This tour does not include tunnels under the castle. You have 2,5h to explore the castle. After visiting the castle driver will take you to Church of Peace in Świdnica. It is only 30 minutes ride from the castle. Church was built in XVII century and it is one of the largest wooden church in Europe. Its spectacular design and unique history convinced experts to enter the church on the UNESCO World Heritage List. After visiting church interiors you should take a walk around the building where the old cemetary is located. You have 30 minutes to see the church. Inside you can read informations in many languages.

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What people are saying about Swidnica

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4.9 / 5

based on 35 reviews

This was our second tour with Mathias, who was an excellent guide. He was very friendly, professional and helpful, and also very patient with our group. He gave us lots of information and historical facts. The tour was great and we had a very good time. We spent a while visiting the castle which was beautiful and then did a tour of the underground tunnels, which we didn’t expect but it was very interesting (a must do!). Then visited the church of peace which was gorgeous and very different to other churches. The landscapes along the way were also beautiful. All in all it was a great day with beautiful and interesting things to see!

The tour with our guide Jakub was extremely well planned, very informative and individual, from the pickup in the morning to the arrival at the hotel in the afternoon. The time at the castle flew by with the amount of information we received via audio guide, a really well-preserved fairytale castle, the palm house was a green oasis well worth seeing and the Peace Church and the area around it radiated the charm of bygone times. During the trip we had friendly conversations about the country and its people with our guide Jakub. Authentic tour, highly recommended!

The weather was very nice. Cold and frosty with blue sky and plenty of snow. The walk was challenging at times as one had to climb snowy stairs but it was absolutely worth it. We have many magical pictures to remember the trip. Toilet facilities were available. The driver was polite. All went smooth. It was very expensive trip but it was kind of private as it was only myself and husband.

Very nice and interesting tour with Adam as guide and driver (very kind and knowledgable). Impeccable organization, we had the time to see everything with no rush. Highly recommended.

Excellent day! We had ample time to visit each site!