Pszczyna

Pszczyna, the capital city of the historical Free State Country, is located at the south of the Pszczyna Forests. It is one of the prettiest silesian with the preserved, middle-age urban layout. In the centre there is a market square with a neo-renaissance town hall, built based on the former 1658 town hall. The building of the town hall is connected with a neo-baroque evangelic church, which was rebuilt in 2 years after th 1905 fire.

The most precious monument of Pszczyna is a palace-park complex, which is one of the most beautiful ones in Poland. The monumental Pszczyna park with the surface of 156 hectares consists of the Zamkowy Park, the Zwierzyniec Park, known as the wild promenade and the Dworcowy Park.

At the lifting between the pools of the Pszczynka river you can see a baroque castle, which is one of the most precious resdence-museums in our country. This building, which originated in the 1th century. Was rebuilt several times. The current look of the castle is the effect of the renovation which was lead in the 1870s by Jan Henryk Hochberg – prince of Pszczyna. Anyone who visits the castle is guaranteed to be delighted by the Mirror Wall, which is considered one of the most beautiful 19th century interiors in Europe.

Nearby the castle there is a building of the former royal riding school which was rebuilt in the 1970s for a sport arena, making it look commpletely different.

In the Dworcowy Park there is an open-air museum – The Pszczyna Village Farm – where tourists can admire precious artefacts of wooden folk architecture gathered from local villages.

Pszczyna is the capital of a mighty wilderness complex – the green silesian oasis, which is visited on the weekends by by citizens of the Upper-Silesian industrial cities. The Pszczyna Wilderness, located between Tychy, Pszczyna, Żory and the Vistula river Vaelley was once part of the Pszczyna Free State Country.

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