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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. 

Wroclaw: Project Riese and Ksiaz Castle Private Tour

3. Wroclaw: Project Riese and Ksiaz Castle Private Tour

Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Wroclaw and drive to the first stop of the day Project Riese. Project Riese was the code name for an impressive construction project initiated by Nazi Germany between 1943 and 1945, consisting of seven underground structures located in the Owl Mountains and Ksiaz Castle. Explore this extraordinary network of underground caverns, all in different states of completion, and learn about the history of the site as you wander around. After Project Riese, head to Ksiaz Castle, the third largest castle in Poland with more than 400 rooms. The castle was home to the Hochbergs for more than 400 years, who were one of the richest and most famous families in Europe. The Hochbergs owned a lot of land in Poland, but their time in the castle came to an end at the start of World War Two, when the castle was seized by Nazis who planned to turn it into one of Hitler’s residences. Enjoy the freedom to explore the sites at your own leisure, and take the time to learn about their rich history. At the end of the day, head back to your transportation to return to Wroclaw.

Jewels of Lower Silesia Full-Day Tour from Wroclaw

4. 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.

Wroclaw: WW2 Tour to Project Riese & Gross-Rosen Museum

5. Wroclaw: WW2 Tour to Project Riese & Gross-Rosen Museum

Your driver will meet you at your hotel and drive first to Project Riese which takes around 1.5 hours. It is a very nice ride through mountains and countryside.  Once you arrive, explore the Project Riese site. Learn how Project Riese was the codename for an impressive construction 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. See the Osówka site which is called the Underground City. Then you can pause for lunch, or your driver can take you straight to the Gross-Rosen concentration camp, a German network of Nazi concentration camps built and operated during World War II. The main camp was located in the German village of Gross-Rosen. At its peak in 1944, the Gross-Rosen complex had up to 100 sub-camps located in eastern Germany, Czechoslovakia, and on the territory of occupied Poland. The population of all Gross-Rosen camps at that time accounted for some 11% of the total number of inmates incarcerated in the Nazi concentration camp system.  In the museum you will watch a short film about the camp and then you will have up to 2 hour to see the indoor and outdoor exhibition before your driver takes you back to your hotel in Wroclaw.

Wroclaw: Private Tour to Project Riese

6. Wroclaw: Private Tour to Project Riese

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel in Wroclaw and Project Riese. After meeting your local driver/ guide, you will set off to explore Project Riese. Sit back and relax as you travel in the comfort of your own private and modern vehicle.  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.  After discovering more about this unique construction project, enjoy the comfort of a private transfer back to your hotel in Wroclaw. Take the stress out of travelling with this fantastic transfer opportunity. 

Wrocław to Rock City in Adrspach and Project Riese day trip

7. Wrocław to Rock City in Adrspach and Project Riese day trip

On this trip you will be able to admire amasing done by nature and people. 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 only 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. You have 2,5h to walk across rocks by yourself. After visiting Adrsprach driver will take you to explore mysterious tunnels made by nazis during WW2. 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. The place we have chosen to show you is Osówka. It is second largest and most advanced of all of them. Explore this extraordinary network of underground caverns, all in different states of completion, and learn about the history of the site.  You will enter tunnels with the group and local guide who guides in Polish but you will have audio guides (it takes 1 hour). After that driver will need 2h to drive you back to Wroclaw.

Wroclaw: Day of WW2: Riese, Gross-Rosen, Ksiaz Castle

8. Wroclaw: Day of WW2: Riese, Gross-Rosen, Ksiaz Castle

The Osówka Complex was part of a project conducted by the Nazi Germany between 1943 and 1945 (code name Riese). The mysterious structure known as the underground city still hasn't revealed all of its secrets. Discover the biggest and the most complex Hitler headquarter in Lower Silesia.  Ksiaz Castle is the third-biggest castle in Poland situated in the majestic rock cliff aside the Pelcznica River. Located 395 meters above sea level and surrounded by a beautiful forest, the castle is sometimes called the Pearl of Lower Silesia. The castle's location combined with its size is not a common sight in Europe. In 1943 Hitler's paramilitary organization began building one of his main quarters which, along with other objects of the Riese complex close to the castle near Osowka and Wlodarz played a crucial role. Gross-Rosen in Rogoźnica is the largest Nazi-German concentration camp in Lower Silesia, with particularly harsh conditions and penal work in the quarries. The motto of this place was 'Vermichtung durch Arbeit' (Annihilation through work). Around 40000 prisoners died here incleding Poles, Jews, Russians, French and Hungarians.

From Wrocław: Gross-Rosen and Książ Castle Private Tour

9. From Wrocław: Gross-Rosen and Książ Castle Private Tour

The tour starts with pickup from your hotel in Wrocław between 8:00 and 9:00 AM. First, visit Gross-Rosen Concentration Camp to learn more about Nazi operations in this area. Watch a short film about the camp and spend time to see the interior exhibitions and the camp area. The maximum time for the camp is 2.5 hours.   Head to Książ Castle, one of the biggest castles in Poland, around a 30-minute drive from Gross-Rosen. Visit the castle’s rooms and beautiful gardens. For more than 400 years this castle belonged to the Von Hochberg family, one of the richest families in Europe. Learn all about the history of this place. After discovering the castle, start the drive back to your hotel, arriving after approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Wroclaw To Church of Peace and Project Riese Tour

10. 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!

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 33 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!

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.

Trip was great! Shared a lot of interesting information about the area and made the drive fun.

Amazing trip - guide was really knowledgeable - highly recommended!