Castle Museum

Castle Museum information

Location
Pszczyna , Poland
Address
ul Brama Wybrańców 1
More information
www.zamek-pszczyna.pl
Prices
museum adult/concession 14.50/8.50zł, library adult/concession 5/3zł, Cabinet of Miniatures adult/concession 3/2zł
Opening hours
11am-3pm Mon-Tue, 10am-4pm Wed-Sun
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This grandiose former residence (which looks more like a palace) dates back to the 12th century, when the Opole dukes built a hunting lodge here. It has been enlarged and redesigned several times, most recently in 1870. Today the palace houses the Castle Museum, with about a dozen rooms open over three floors. Those wanting more detailed information should pick up a copy of the English-language guidebook The Castle Museum in Pszczyna (22zł) from the ticket office or tourist office.

The Hochbergs, who owned the Pszczyna Castle (Zamek w Pszczynie) until 1945, furnished their home according to their status – they were among the richest families in Europe, ruling vast swathes of land from their Silesian family seat, the castle at Książ. Priceless works of art completed the scene, but most were lost during WWII.

The castle’s interiors feature bedchambers, drawing rooms and salons filled with tapestries, ceramics, paintings and hunting trophies. Unforgettable are the library, panelled entirely in walnut, and the stunning Mirror Chamber, which hosts occasional chamber music concerts. Some of the palace’s rooms also contain themed exhibitions, including a collection of armour in the basement and one of minuscule portraits in the Cabinet of Miniatures on the 3rd floor. Behind the castle is the extensive English-style Castle Park along the Pszczynka River.