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Grodziec Castle

The first tourist facility in Europe

It is the first stronghold on the extinct volcano rising almost 400 meters above the sea level. The majesty of one of the most beautiful Gothic-Renaissance residences in Silesia became its curse. For centuries it attracted more and more invaders. Destroyed again during the Thirty Years’ War, it was unlucky with other owners as well.

It was not until 1800 that the first major conservation work was carried out at the behest of Prince John Henry VI von Hochberg. Thanks to this, in the nineteenth century, the castle became a fashionable destination for trips.

Grodziec Castle became the first place in Europe specially prepared for tourists. The castle has kept its touristic character to this day offering not only sightseeing but also accommodation and organization of events.

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